Newsletter June 2019: Development Works

The June 2019 edition of the NL4WorldBank newsletter is out! Newsletter June 2019

The newsletter ‘Development Works‘ opens with the success story of Dutch company Elsevier.

Over the last 12 years Elsevier has been working together with the World Bank (and other multilateral organizations) to support activities in emerging economies to enhance higher education and research, develop better science and technology, and improve local competitiveness.

In the article Elsevier highlights their most important successes with the World Bank of the last few years and their motivation to stay ahead of the expected challenges of Industry 4.0, as well as their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Further more an introduction of the new President of the World Bank David Malpass was published.

And if you have missed the IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings or are interested in what was said during the key events in that week, you can find the most important events of the Meetings on World Bank Live.

To support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals that are used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar, and batteries for energy storage the World Bank created a facility on climate-smart mining. It will focus on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while keeping the environment and climate footprint as minimal as possible.

The report on the progress of SDG7 Energy, as well as the latest tenders, events and most popular blogs can also be found in the newsletter.

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Newsletter September 2018: A World Free of Poverty

September 2018 edition of the NL4WorldBank newsletter is out! untitledA World Free of Poverty which was published on the 11th of September.

In this edition we feature a story about Wijnand van Ijssel, the secondant for the Food 4 All Partnership between the Netherlands and the World Bank Group. The Partnership aims to find synergies and collaboration between Dutch knowledge programs and expertise in agriculture and food/nutrition and connect this with knowledge development and investment program needs of the World Bank Group.

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Newsletter June 2017: Working Together for a Common Goal

We are excited to bring you our SECOND edition of  2017 NL4WorldBank newsletter, Working Together for a Common Goal which was published June 1st. Working Together for a Common Goal

In this edition the success story highlights the work of Everest Energy, an Energy partner of the World Bank.
We are proud to bring you the details of The Smart Cities KSB and Royal Netherlands Embassy jointly organized Smart Cities study tour to the Netherlands. This event was a huge success and we look forward to organizing more like it.
Other important events that will be taking place soon are the Private Sector Webinar on “How to Complain”, The webinar will be held on Thursday June 8, 2017 and the Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) joint mission focusing on the energy sector ,mark your calendar for October 23- 25, 2017.

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World Bank Group – WBG-NL Partnership “Food for All”

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In May 2015, the Netherlands and the World Bank Group signed a “Food for All” Partnership agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) to increase knowledge, support job creation, and secure the long-term sustainability of agriculture in developing countries. “Food for All’’ brings together the World Bank Group and civil society, academia, government, private sector, and other stakeholders from the Netherlands.

REMINDER: ” Food for all Talks “!  Friday March 24, 2017 (11:00 – 12:30 AM EST in Washington DC || 16:00 – 17:30 pm CET in Netherlands) and can also be attended globally through WebEx .

The agreement focuses on strengthening collaboration in key strategic areas such as food, nutrition and health; inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth with a focus on pro-poor value chains and market transformations that better link farmers to markets; and ecologically sustainable food systems for climate-smart, resilient agriculture.

“Working in partnerships is critical in the multi-stakeholder context of food and agriculture. This partnership between the World Bank and the Netherlands will provoke inclusive, innovative and knowledge-intensive forms of cooperation. Together we address the needs of malnourished people and effectively contribute to a zero hunger world.” 

Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands, May 2015

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Success story: SCOPEinsight, Cargill, and IFC strengthen cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire

Since SCOPEinsight was founded in 2010, they have pioneered in developing innovative, universally-applicable assessment tools that measure the level of Printfarmer professionalism in emerging markets. SCOPEinsight believes farmer professionalism is the key to structural transformation of the agricultural sector, and by providing business intelligence they aim to increase transparency in the agricultural market, lower investment risks, and increase business opportunities for stakeholders in and around the agricultural value chain.

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Newsletter: Best Practices, Tool and Events NL for World Bank – September, 2016

This morning the third edition of 2016 NL4WorldBank newsletterwas published.
In this edition the focus is on Ecofys; A Dutch companies success story as well as the MoU signed bij Netherlands Statistics and the World Bank Group,  a new tool introduced by RVO and a couple of important upcoming events! 
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What is non-revenue water? How can we reduce it for better water service?

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In developing countries, roughly 45 million cubic meters of water are lost daily with an economic value of over US$3 billion per year.

A World Bank study puts the global estimate of physical water losses at 32 billion cubic meters each year, half of which occurs in developing countries. Water utilities suffer from the huge financial costs of treating and pumping water only to see it leak back into the ground, and the lost revenues from water that could have otherwise been sold. If the water losses in developing countries could be halved, the saved water would be enough to supply around 90 million people.

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$81 Billion Mobilized in 2015 to Tackle Climate Change – Joint MDB Report

Manila, Philippines, August 9, 2016 – Climate finance totaling $81 billion was mobilized for projects funded by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in 2015. This included $25 billion of MDBs’ direct climate finance, combined with a further $56 billion from other investors.

The latest MDB climate finance figures are detailed in the 2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance, prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with MDB partners: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG), and the World Bank Group (WBG).

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Lessons from Environmental Policy Lending

Sustainable development, including environmental sustainability, is at the core of the World Bank Group’s strategy.  Policy lending has been a major part of the World Bank’s lending operations for decades, but recently the number of policy lending operations with environmental goals has increased, supporting policy actions across a broad range of subsectors.

This Learning Product seeks to offer lessons from experience to help inform stakeholders on how to design and implement this instrument, outlining some of the tensions and tradeoffs that must be grappled with in design. The main audience is Bank operational teams helping governments to prepare and implement DPF with environmental goals.

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Breaking Down Barriers: Unlocking Africa’s Potential through Vigorous Competition Policy

  • A new report finds that reducing the price of food staples by 10% could lift nearly half a million people out of poverty in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia alone.
  • African countries have much to gain from promoting competitive markets. Cartels, anticompetitive business practices, and rules that shield markets from competition are significant issues that increase prices for a variety of products.
  • Competition authorities have made progress in recent years, but many challenges remain. A starting point is to remove barriers to competition in critical sectors, such as cement, fertilizers and telecommunications.