This year, World Refugee Day finds me in Addis Ababa with representatives from more than 50 governments to review the work of the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank Group that provides financing to the poorest countries, and discuss priorities for the years ahead.
Ethiopia is among the countries that is taking major steps forward. Here, for example, we have supported the government in adopting a new legal framework for refugees which will allow them to gradually move out of camps, find jobs, and access education and health services. This is no small measure for the more than 900,000 refugees who are hosted along Ethiopia’s borders with Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, and South Sudan. It is the difference between having a chance to restart their lives or be condemned to dependency and destitution.
Deadline: 13-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: IFC intends to engage a NGO/INGO or a consulting firm (or a combination thereof which forms a consortium led by one member of the consortium) to undertake a field survey to assess the viability of a potential commercial based market for solar energy solutions for refugees and respective host communities which enables improved access to energy services.
Government ministers from around the world confronted the refugee crisis, a slowing economy, and other global challenges at the 2016 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings.
“Forced Displacement and Development” was the only item on the agenda at the Development Committee meeting on Saturday. The committee, which represents the 189 shareholder countries of the Bank Group and the IMF, urged its members to take action to support vulnerable people who have been forced to flee their homes, and encouraged the institutions to partner with humanitarian organizations to help forcibly displaced people and host communities confront the root causes of the problem.