When (and when not) to use PPPs

highway-2211588_1280In the context of strained public finances and limited borrowing capacity for developing countries, there is growing debate on the roles of public and private actors to deliver the trillions of dollars of infrastructure necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On one hand, high-profile public-private partnership (PPP) project failures have cast doubt about the viability of the model. On the other hand, while public authorities are ultimately responsible for the delivery of public services, deficient infrastructure services in some countries have raised concerns about the ability of the public sector to deliver on its own.

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The 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: an all-new visual guide to data and development

sdg-atlas-2018-cover-400px“The World Bank is one of the world’s largest producers of development data and research. But our responsibility does not stop with making these global public goods available; we need to make them understandable to a general audience.

When both the public and policy makers share an evidence-based view of the world, real advances in social and economic development, such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), become possible.” – Shanta Devarajan

We’re pleased to release the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 180 maps and charts, the new publication shows the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.

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Is the world on track to deliver energy access for all?

ene-780x439-solar-powered-metro-station-brazil-paulo-barrosSTORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Countries need to accelerate progress on access to electrification, clean cooking, renewables and energy efficiency to meet Sustainable Development Goal #7, according to a new report
  • 674 million people, or 8% of the world’s population, will still be in the dark in 2030 if current trends of electrification continue
  • An estimated 2.3 billion people will continue to cook by burning wood and coal in 2030, which poses major health risks

 

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Leveraging technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Billions of people are connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing  ziplinepower, storage capacity, and access to knowledge — foreshadowing stunning possibilities.  This potential is multiplied by technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, big data processing, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, blockchain, etc.

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Thirsty Energy: A five-year journey to address water-energy nexus challenges

WB_Infographic_6x32_1000About 5 years ago we embarked on a global initiative titled “Thirsty Energy” to respond to water-energy nexus challenges around the world. The initiative, a joint effort of the Water and the Energy Global Practices at the World Bank, has finally come to an end. We wanted to reflect on the lessons learnt along the way, as our team has developed a fantastic set of material and methodologies to move the needle forward on this issue. We hope that the global community takes advantage of this to ignite change.

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Keep up with the latest trends on PPPs

It seems like every week there are new reports being published about public-private modern city with highway interchange partnerships (PPPs) by different organizations around the world. How can you keep track of what’s new and what’s relevant for your work?

With over 4,000 documents on PPPs in seven different languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese) in its searchable document library, the PPP Knowledge Lab has become a key resource for the PPP community to keep up to date with the latest on PPPs.

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eC2: Development of Roadmap Towards Sustainable Development Goals for Water Supply

waterDeadline: 09-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The World Bank is seeking consultancy services to support development of a national roadmap for water supply sector development towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia. The roadmap will need to layout the set of priority of actions that need to be implemented in the short term (5 years horizon, mid- and longer term, for the following key aspects: (i) regulations/policy development, (ii) investment/financial framework, (iii) institutional development, and (iv) water security that includes climate change and resilience perspective. The short-term priority actions will feed into preparation of the next National Mid-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2025.

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Press Releases: World Bank Bond Highlights Investor Focus on Sustainable Development Goals.

pexels-photo-261949.jpegSwedish Insurance Group Folksam invests in World Bank bonds to raise awareness for health, gender, responsible consumption and production, and climate.

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2018 – The World Bank (IBRD) has issued a US$350 million bond that raises funds for its development activities around the world, while highlighting four of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The sole investor in the bond is the Folksam Group, one of Sweden’s leading insurance and investment management companies.

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How Should Governments and Development Institutions Engage the Private Sector?

TonyElumeluBlog post by Tony Elumelu ( Entrepreneur and philanthropist )

Across the globe, the private sector has an important role to play in the achievement of the SDGs. With slow global growth and the end of the commodity supply cycle, many governments do not have resources required to fully pursue their development goals. And this is where the resources of the private sector become very critical. Through partnerships, the private and public sector can discover areas of alignment, especially in critical areas such as infrastructure, power, and agriculture, to mention but a few.

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eC2: Preparation of baseline reports for the Water Global Practice results framework

Deadline: 05-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The Water GP has defined an innovative results framework (RF) to track combined results from activities funded by the GWSP multi-donor trust fund and World Bank-financed operations. This results framework has been defined in partnership with donors to the GWSP to allow them to track the additionality of funding they provide to the multidonor trust fund. In a spirit of integration with WB operations, the RF was designed as a comprehensive framework for the WGP as a whole. Underlining the RF, the WGP has identified five priority themes where emphasis is critically needed to achieve the SDG for water (SDG 6) and contribute to many other SDGs which are so closely interlinked with the achievement of a Water-Secure world for all. These five themes are areas where countries need to redouble their efforts and in some cases, revise their strategies to increase their chances of meeting the water SDG: they include sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing and resilience.

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