Surveys have indicated that over half of Venezuela’s young professionals wish to leave, and departures could reach 20% of the total population by the end of 2020. Yet, this crisis remains alarmingly underfunded by the international community, which is spending a mere $300 per capita to help Venezuelans compared to $5,000 per Syrian refugee. To be sure, these Venezuelan migrants are not fleeing armed conflict, but they are facing deadly living conditions.
As development practitioners, a common mistake we may fall into is devising well-intentioned solutions based on an “outdated” understanding of the country or sectoral context.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.
Despite the urbanization trends seen in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC), it seems that the rural population in LAC is decreasing in relative terms. In 2001, official figures indicated that 125 million people in LAC resided in rural areas representing 24% of the total LAC population. In 2013, this value decreased to 21% (130 million out of a total population of 609 million inhabitants), and it is estimated that by 2030, the rural population will decrease to represent 16.5% of the total (CEPAL, 2014).
Deadline: 04-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Support to increase productivity and incorporate better management practices through the establishment of an action plan that evaluates the potential of its dairy suppliers where the following market failures exist: i) low productivity and unstable supply of high-quality milk; ii) environmental impacts of dairy production, and iii) limited access to finance hindering adoption of climate-smart-technologies and practices. Within the Clients supply chain, IFC completed assessments for 6 cooperative suppliers related to productivity and food safety practices as well as a diagnostic on managerial/financial skills. The findings have served as a base to structure a four-year project.
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: 19-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of this consultancy is to design and implement a capacity building program for community forestry that will benefit the implementation of the ASL projects in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. The process should involve a comprehensive study tour that will provide an opportunity for the participants to learn from successful cases and receive technical knowledge. Considering similarities with the conditions of the ASL projects, it is suggested that the study tour considers learning from the community management experiences In the Guatemala Maya Biosphere Reserve. Due to previous engagement in forest community, working with the Association of Forest Communities of Peten (ACOFOP) and the NGO PRIMSA would be required.
The capacity building program should also encourage the establishment of a community of learners among the beneficiaries, offering them with tools to become trainers of peers in their own countries and within their projects. The program shall also result in a set of guidelines to allow scaling up for other participants, exchanges and topics.
Deadline: 04-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Bank is hiring a firm or organization to implement a detailed diagnosis, design business models and financial instruments, and provide policy recommendations to speed up clean bus implementation in 5 cities: Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Montevideo, Santiago, Sao Paulo. The consultancy firm will have to develop a detailed diagnosis, including i) detailed market study, including a diagnosis of supply and demand of bus financing, ii) a detailed investigation of bus operations, concessions agreements and procurement practices that hinder or facilitate the sector, iii) and the current regulations/subsidies schemes in each of the cities, defined both at local and national levels. From this diagnosis, the firm will design business models, propose financing mechanisms, provide policy recommendations, and training to relevant counterparts to disseminate the results and support the implementation of projects.
Deadline: 21-Jun-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The main purpose of the current Assignment is to obtain an updated market assessment, traffic, and revenue projections for Mexican Ports, based on recent developments in the region, as well as expected evolution of global trade and the changes underway in the international maritime industry.
The Consultant shall prepare 15 year, traffic and revenue forecasts for the Mexican port terminals covering the period (2017-32).