The Case for Designing Inclusive Platforms in Emerging Markets – the $300 billion opportunity – June 16, 2021 | 8:00am ET

 

The rapid digital transformation underway in many emerging markets has the potential to have an equally transformative impact for entrepreneurs. However, critical gaps in access to the internet and mobile phones can limit the ability to work in tech-enabled jobs or to compete as entrepreneurs. This event draws on recent IFC (International Finance Corporation) research on rise of e-commerce in Africa and Southeast Asia and opportunities for further growth by exploring more inclusive practices. It will cover two key topics:

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Improving transport and connectivity in Africa: Can drones be part of the solution?

Transport and logistics links in Africa remain costly and unreliable, especially for reaching remote communities. In rural areas, only about a third of Africans live within 2 kilometers of an all-weather road, and the current infrastructure investment gaps in road transport infrastructure in the region amount to billions of dollars annually. The national road density in the region remains less than a quarter of the global average. The intensifying effects of climate change and, in parts of the region, conflict and violence, further hinder the ability of governments and businesses to efficiently and reliably ensure the delivery of goods and services. These gaps also present enormous challenges to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, from health to agricultural productivity to food security.

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Supporting Pollution Reduction Efforts to Protect the Health of Egyptians and Spur Economic Recovery

Recent studies highlighting the adverse impact of pollution on growth estimate that the annual economic cost of air pollution on health in the Greater Cairo area alone is about 1.4 percent of Egypt’s Gross Domestic Product.

Healthy citizens are the cornerstone of every country’s development and are integral for sustainable economic growth. Given the many health hazards of pollution—from cancer to respiratory ailments and much more—it is increasingly becoming recognized as an impediment to growth and development. Recent global efforts to minimize pollution, through initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and The Paris Agreement, aim to set global guidelines for countries in order to reduce pollution. 

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TechEmerge Resilience India Matchmaking Event

Connecting innovative global tech solutions with Indian Government Disaster https _cdn.evbuc.com_images_113063127_477285261423_1_original.20200929-195713Management Authorities to save lives during natural disasters.
About this Event

The TechEmerge Resilience India Matchmaking Event brings together members of different Indian Government Disaster Management Authorities with technology innovators handpicked by a global jury of subject matter experts – in order to find solutions and address some of the biggest challenges in Disaster Management and Resilience, especially in a COVID-19 environment.

Date and Time

Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 11:30 PM – Wed, Oct 28, 2020, 6:30 AM EDT

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Eight reasons why partnerships are vital for water

​Water touches every aspect of development and flows through nearly every Sustainable 20-08-24Development Goal (SDG). It drives economic growth, helps ecosystems flourish, supports climate adaptation, and handwashing with water and soap is one of the most effective ways of slowing the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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eC2: Evaluation of the 2030 Water Resources Group Model & Lessons Learned for Achieving the SDGs

Deadline: 02-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

Launched in 2008, the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) (http://www.2030wrg.org) aims to help countries facilitate collective action among government, the private sector, and civil society to improve water resources management. 2030 WRG does so by: (a) creating the wider political economy conditions and momentum for change in water sector reform; (b) facilitating collaboration and awareness building within the water resources community, including the private sector; and, (c) improving the design and implementation of a comprehensive and innovative set of policies, programs and projects in selected countries or regions in order to increase their water security.

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eC2: Evaluation of the 2030 Water Resources Group Model & Lessons Learned for Achieving the SDGs

Deadline: 13-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

Launched in 2008, the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) (http://www.2030wrg.org) aims to help countries facilitate collective action among government, the private sector, and civil society to improve water resources management. 2030 WRG does so by: (a) creating the wider political economy conditions and momentum for change in water sector reform; (b) facilitating collaboration and awareness building within the water resources community, including the private sector; and, (c) improving the design and implementation of a comprehensive and innovative set of policies, programs and projects in selected countries or regions in order to increase their water security.

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Impact investing with the World Bank. How to make a difference – the case of IDA

For over 70 years, the World Bank Group has successfully raised funds in the capital ida_blog.jpgmarkets to invest in development projects. Through its arm for middle-income countries, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the World Bank Group funded public sector projects like roads, green energy, health or education systems; and through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), it provided capital to the private sector in developing countries to help businesses grow and provide jobs, taxes and other wider societal benefits.

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Turning fecal sludge into a resource: New approaches required to achieve the rural sanitation SDGs

Safely managed sanitation is a focus of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is Joep rural sanitationcentral to stunting reduction and early childhood survival, both identified by the World Bank’s Human Capital Index as critical for humans to develop their full potential. It is widely known that 4.5 billion people lacked access to safely managed sanitation in 2015, according to the Joint Monitoring Programme. Less well understood is that hundreds of millions more people in densely populated rural areas are exposed to significant health risk due to unsafely managed sanitation.

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Health Technology and the World Bank Group

On October 11, at the Human Capital Summit 2018 Philips CEO Frans van Houten co-Wordmarksigned an open letter, to the world community highlighting the need for greater investment in human capital – the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives – through better nutrition, health care, education, jobs and skills. The publication of the open letter coincided with the launch of the World Bank Group’s Human Capital Index – a simple but effective metric for human capital outcomes such as child survival, early hard wiring of children for success, student learning, and adult health. Philips has made a commitment to improve the lives of 3 billion people by 2030. We are working with the World Bank Group (among others) to reach this goal.

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