COVID-19 spurs big changes in Pakistan’s education

 

worldbank_teleschool_artwork_-_copyPakistan’s schools are reopening again today after a nearly uninterrupted 11-month hiatus.  In March 2020, the Government of Pakistan closed all schools as part of a nationwide lockdown, prompting the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFE&PT) to seek education alternatives to ensure learning continuity.

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Realizing the returns to schooling: How COVID-19 and school closures are threatening women’s economic future

COVID-19 is threatening the gains being made in girls’ education. Urgent action is needed to sierraleoneensure that girls and women can realize the returns to their schooling. 

Returns to schooling for women are high – so says Bono and the research. A couple of years ago, in an essay in Time magazine Bono wrote: “Give girls just one additional year of schooling and their wages go up almost 12 percent.” He said the same thing a year before that at the Munich Security Conference. The source of that quote was a 2014 World Bank paper and a recent update confirms this is still the case. At the same time, girls are staying in school longer and learning more. However, these gains are at risk as COVID-19 is presenting a crisis within a crisis for girls’ education.

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eC2: Analysis of Blue Economy Development in Pakistan and developing Blue Economy Development Roadmap

Deadline:  16-Nov-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)world money small

The objectives of the consultancy is (i) to analyze policy and institutional gaps; (ii) to conduct Blue Public Expenditure Review (PER); (iii) to assess monitoring risks to sustainability and ground evidence for decision-making; and (iv) based on these analysis and assessment, to develop Blue Economy (BE) development roadmap in Pakistan.
(1) Policy and institutional gap analysis and vision consultation in support of the blue economy:
Assessing existing policies and overarching institutional setup and identify the gaps for integrated Blue economy roadmap development. The consulting firm will also work closely and review consistency with another assessment of blue economy and coastal blue carbon for revised NDC.

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As water flows more freely, Sindh’s farmers in Pakistan reap better crops

It took three decades, but now water flows into Mitho’s land.img_2137

“People have started calling me the Chacha (uncle) who successfully harvested four different crops in a single year: cotton, corn, apple gourd, and wheat,” says the elderly man with pride. This year, his wheat crops have yielded exceptionally, and he has rotated crops to keep the soil healthy.

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Our work on COVID-19 vaccines, Lebanon, debt transparency and more

At the G7 meeting last week, World Bank Group President David Malpass highlighted the Bank Group’s work on vaccines and our healthcare response. “We’re committed to financing access to vaccines for our clients,” he said. Read his latest update to learn more about that and other developments on debt transparency and sustainability, among others.

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eC2: Feasibility and PPP option study of upgrading the rail line between Karachi and Hyderabad , including constructing a dedicated freight corridor between Karachi and Pipri.

Deadline: 09-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) in-edfreightcorridor3

Existing railway track from Karachi to Hyderabad is an important corridor for freight and passenger movement between Karachi and inland Provinces. The freight exchange has vital significance for the economic development of Pakistan. Existing railway alignment between Karachi to Hyderabad is facing problem of congestion, over stressed track structure and outdated signaling and telecommunication system. Upgrading or constructing a new double line link is therefore required to resolve these issues.

The objectives of the study is to conduct and technical and commercial feasibility study for Karachi-Hyderabad ( passenger and freight line) and Karachi-Pipri (dedicated freight corridor).

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The World Bank Group Exceeds 2020 Climate Targets for the Second Year in a Row: Here’s How It Was Done

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  • In fiscal year 2019, the World Bank Group committed nearly $17.8 billion to climate-related investments, surpassing current targets for the second year in a row.
  • Three country snapshots illustrate some of the ways climate change considerations were integrated in the project design: building climate resiliency into transportation systems in Sierra Leone; improving irrigation to address food security in Pakistan; and mitigating flood risk in Vietnam’s urban infrastructure.
  • Going forward, the World Bank Group will invest and mobilize $200 billion in climate-related financing from 2021-2025, doubling what we did in the last five years and significantly ramping up support for adaptation.

eC2:Renewable Energy Competitive Bidding Strategy

Deadline: 07-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)energy

Scope of Work
The assignment has four components:
(i) Develop RE Competitive Bidding Strategy, including volume and timeline recommendations, type of bidding, roles of key agencies, and ensuring maximum economic benefit over the long-term;
(ii) Procurement Framework for Competitive Bidding, including consideration of qualification requirements, winner selection process, and sellers liabilities;
(iii) Stakeholder Consultations and Capacity Building, including regular workshops, briefings, and other engagement to ensure that all key federal and provincial agencies, and private sector developers and investors, are consulted regularly;
(iv) RE Competitive Bidding Action Plan, including a capacity assessment of key agencies, communication strategy, and immediate next steps for implementation.

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eC2: Pakistan (Sindh): Public-Private Dialogue Platform Facilitator/Coordinator

Deadline: 22-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

The World Bank recently completed a study in Pakistan (Sindh Province) through the Private Health Sector Assessment in Pakistan (P164409) and shared the Policy Note For Better Quality and More Integrated PHC Services in Sindh Province: Options Paper with the provincial government counterparts and key stakeholders. This report highlighted that a platform for continuous dialogue between the private and public health sectors is currently absent in the Sindh health system, and could provide a useful entry-point for discussions and sustainable partnerships. In this light, the World Bank, in collaboration with the GoS will support the engagement of key stakeholders through facilitating a Public-Private Dialogue Platform (PPD). This structured forum, will initially be supported by the World Bank, and will consist of quarterly meetings of a consultative group organized in workshop-style discussions, allowing for short presentations to introduce topics or share background information.

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eC2: Study of Water Efficiency and Wastewater Management for Key Industrial Zones in Pakistan

Deadline: 21-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Waste water plant

To initiate this approach, IFC is seeking an independent consultant (the Consultant) to help compare options and develop a business plan to address water shortage and wastewater treatment requirements in three industrial estates / zones in Karachi, namely Korangi Industrial Estate, S.I.T.E Industrial Area and Bin Qasim Industrial Zone (together the Industrial Zones). 

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