Understanding the new rurality in Latin America: how can we respond to it in the water sector?

As development practitioners, a common mistake we may fall into is devising well-19671269380_d45f377096_ointentioned solutions based on an “outdated” understanding of the country or sectoral context.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.

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Understanding the “new rurality” in Latin America and what it means to the water and sanitation sector

Despite the urbanization trends seen in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC), it seems 23845439171_fb7b1102e1_othat 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).

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eC2: Implementation of Dairy Training Program

Deadline: 04-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Support to increase productivity and incorporate better management practices through indexthe 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.

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Sneak Peek: a new observatory for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Three years into the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, the Latin America and imagen_060-webCaribbean (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.

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Towards a water security assessment in Latin America and Caribbean

Water Security is the new buzzword in the water sector… but what does it mean, really?waterkraan-nieuws-header And how is it applied to real life?

In a world of rapid changes, unequal water resources, polluted water bodies, growing demands, and increasing climate variability and climate change, our relationship with water is quickly shifting. For countries and governments, the term national water security means having adequate water, both in quantity and quality, to meet all demands of the population, the productive sectors and the environment, but also dealing well with extremes, and overall managing the resource adequately and efficiently.

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eC2: Capacity Building Program for Community Forestry Management

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 programport_barton_palawan2 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.

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eC2: Designing instruments for Clean Bus Implementation in LAC cities

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, BRTC_double_decker_bus_03652design 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.

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eC2: Mexican Container Ports Market Study

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).

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Innovating for Growth in Latin America

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  • The World Bank Group is helping countries across Latin America improve their policies and programs to encourage innovation.
  • To become competitive in global markets, companies need to adopt new technologies and better management practices.
  • Universities and the private sector are opening the lines of communication to align research with business and broader societal needs.

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Deeper Integration Vital for Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank Report Says

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2017 – A deeper economic integration among Latin American World Bank buildingand Caribbean countries will make the region more competitive in international markets and boost long-term growth, according to a new World Bank report.

Better Neighbors: Toward a Renewal of Economic Integration in Latin America, argues that a renewed integration strategy that takes advantage of the complementarities between regional and global economic integration can contribute to growth with stability. This is particularly relevant for a region that is just coming out of two years of recession.

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