The COVID-19 crisis has hit the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region harder than any other region in the world and has brought the need for a resilient and inclusive recovery into sharp focus. Greater digital access—in support of distance learning, digital cash transfers, telemedicine, and online public services—is the cornerstone of this agenda and requires both an ambitious policy and regulatory agenda as well as increased infrastructure investments. This is particularly important as the region gears up for 5G auctions and continues its 4G expansion.
As development practitioners, a common mistake we may fall into is devising well-intentioned solutions based on an “outdated” understanding of the country or sectoral context.
In the previous blog, we discussed the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector challenges which are persistently looming over rural areas in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In this piece, we continue to sketch the “new rurality” by considering new trends and developments witnessed which are altering the rural landscape—and which may require new or revised sector reforms to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6.
Deadline: 20-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of this consultancy is two-fold. Prepare a pre-feasibility study to explore electric bus and other technological solutions and alternatives for the cities of Cali, Colombia and San Jose, Costa Rica in order to reduce the GHG emission of the transport sector of the cities. In addition, assist the cities to implement EDGE certification pilots for sustainable buildings.
Three years into the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is “on track to achieve universal access by 2030,” according to the 2018 UN SDG6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation.
However, important challenges remain to reach SDG6 in LAC. Safe water and sanitation coverage levels are currently below the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets of achieving improved coverage levels. The statistical (coverage) or administrative information that LAC countries currently access fails to capture the new attributes of the SDGs, especially relating to the quality of services, wastewater treatment, and the adoption of hygiene practices, including hand washing. Moreover, the institutional arrangements along with diminishing sector investments cannot be adequately programmed with the type of information currently available.
Deadline: 01-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Cities in LAC are key drivers for economic growth and major contributors to climate change. The program is focusing on 5 to 6 selected large cities and helping them develop a pipeline of strategic and high impact infrastructure projects that IFC may support through any combination of (i) investments in private sector companies, (ii) municipal finance, and (iii) tailored advisory services to support cities develop a larger pool of implementable and bankable high impact infrastructure projects. The LAC Cities program is one of IFCs transformational initiatives to work with the public and private sector to foster sustainable and competitive cities.
World Bank Water Blog: Submitted by Clementine Marie Stip On Mon, 11/28/2016
Extending the human right of access to water supply and sanitation (WSS) services to Indigenous Peoples represents the final step for many countries to reach universal coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). As the 7th Rural Water Supply Network Forum is underway in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, we must remind ourselves what “inclusion” means in the WSS sector. Poverty levels among Indigenous Peoples are more than twice those found among other Latin Americans, and they are 10 to 25 percent less likely to have access to piped water and 26 percent less likely to have access to improved sanitation.
Deadline: 08-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
As part of the LAC Cities Initiative, IFC is working on the identification of a pipeline of strategic green projects in LAC region in order to promote its success implementation as a best practice on sustainability. The overall objective of this consultancy is to accelerate and promote understanding and reinforcement in the implementation of the Green Building Code and best practices on sustainability for Colombian Cities.
Deadline: 22-Apr-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of the activity is to understand the GEE-LACs position within a changing regional development assistance and financial market landscape, and identify possible future strategic measures and tactics to strengthen its competitive sources and comparative advantages.