Habitat III—That Once Every 20 Years Global Urban Event

  • Next week the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban DevelopmentPanel--Quito-Financing.jpg—Habitat III—will reinvigorate international commitment to sustainable urbanization.
  • 54 percent of the global population lives in urban areas. Cities can be the drivers of sustainable development, but many are growing so fast they can’t keep up with citizens’ demands for services.
  • The World Bank Group delegation will lead and participate in a number of sessions at Habitat III. GFDRR will present a report about the human and financial cost of disasters and climate change.

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New Health Care Model Launches in Nigeria to Improve Women and Children’s Health


  • The Government of Nigeria is using the Program for Results (PforR) approach to inng-new-health-care-model-launches-in-nigeria-to-improve-women-and-childrens-health-homepage-780x439.jpgcentivize states to improve the coverage and quality of maternal and child health services.
  • The country’s health care sector is shifting from funding inputs such as drugs, commodities, and health workers, to paying for results and improved health outcomes for beneficiaries.
  • The hope is that the PforR model will help save lives and increase transparency in management and budgeting for primary healthcare.


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Statement by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on Appointment to a Second Five-Year Term

WASHINGTON, September 27, 2016 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today jyk-curtain-sm2015-large_0issued the following statement upon being appointed by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors to a second five-year term, beginning July 1, 2017:

“I am humbled to have the honor of serving a second term as the head of this great institution. I am grateful to our Board for giving me the opportunity to continue building on our successes.

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Save money using Vouchers!


The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has introduced a new tool for small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s): business vouchers. Dutch SME’s can apply for a voucher, which they can use to purchase specific services from experienced consultants. It is a pilot project of the Dutch government, meant to complement the services the government already provides and to increase the competitiviness of Dutch SME’s when doing business with international organizations. The pilot runs until the end of 2016.

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Success story: Steward Requeen and TTC Mobile win IFC Tender

indexIn March, the Dutch companies Steward Redqueen (impact measurement & strategy) and TTC Mobile (innovative survey technology) joined forces and won IFC’s tender for the ‘Agri Commodity Traders Evaluation project. It’s a challenging exercise which focuses on assessing the development impacts of IFC agriculture commodity trader projects. The aim is to better understand the contribution to the development of commodity trading agents in different environments; such as key export-oriented vs. domestic market-oriented crop, transition economy vs. developing economy, and crops which involve smallholder farmers (e.g. coffee, cocoa, tea) vs. large estates producers (e.g., grains, oilseeds). The project started in April 2016 and its finalization is planned in Q1 2017.

The Netherlands Embassy emphasizes the importance of establishing a partnership to raise the chances of winning WBG tenders.  A prime example is the Steward Redqueen and TTC Mobile partnership. Both companies have contacts in different departments within the World Bank Group, but had never worked together until the end of 2015. Through the embassy both parties learned of the publication of the ‘Agri Commodity Traders Evaluation’ tender on eConsultant2. After the liaisons put the two companies in touch, both TTC Mobile and Steward Redqueen realized that by collaborating they would have a good chance at winning the tender. Their unique collaboration resulted in winning the tender.

More information about TTC Mobile and Steward Redqueen:

Ø  http://ttcmobile.com/

Ø  http://www.stewardredqueen.com/
Please contact us if you would like to share the success your company has had with the World Bank Group.