Six reasons why remittances soared in South Asia during COVID-19

Remittance flows are a major source of income for all countries in South Asia, larger than all other capital inflows combined.  In 2019, India received more remittances than any other country in dollar terms, and Nepal ranked third in the world in terms of remittances to GDP at 27 percent.  Remittances seem to have been even more essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing by 5.2 percent in 2020 in South Asia. But this was somewhat surprising because household surveys globally showed remittances falling, especially in the second quarter of 2020.

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Turning the Tide on Marine Plastics in South Asia

South Asia is the third largest contributor to global plastic waste. It generates 334 million metric tons of solid waste every year. Nearly 70-80% of this waste ends up in the ocean 12% is plastic. On current trends, if no action is taken, the amount of mismanaged waste (including plastic) across South Asia is projected to double to 661 million tons by 2050, adversely affecting the region’s ocean ecosystems, livelihoods, human health, and sustainable development more broadly. COVID-19 has further exacerbated plastic pollution, with increased demand for single-use plastic and pressure on solid waste management systems.

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eC2: Baseline Assessment for Plastic Debris flowing into Rivers and Seas of South Asia

Deadline: 01-Sep-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The primary objective of this Consultancy is to take stock of baseline information for plastic waste leakage into rivers and seas to build a more harmonized regional monitoring, management, and policy framework for plastic waste reduction and enable a more circular economy model for plastics in the South Asia Region. The proposed assignment will document the current status of plastic pollution and its value chain (e.g. hotspots for marine plastic debris, waste composition, material flow of waste plastics), regulatory gap analysis, and identification of relevant stakeholders involved in the life-cycle of plastic and their needs, and possible recycling technology and innovations, etc.

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eC2: TECHNICAL CONSULTANT FOR IFC GLOBAL COVID-19 RESPONSE PROGRAM

Deadline: 08-Jun-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)TCard COVID stat

The program will consist of multiple projects with individual national or provincial governments in South Asia. IFC will provide capacity building support and advice to governments to effectively engage private sector in areas such as enhancing COVID-19 testing services, increasing availability of critical care and other type of hospital beds and isolation facilities to treat COVID-19 patients, etc. The support will be in the form of developing thought documents, recommending private sector engagement models, drafting model contracts and procurement agreements and short-term contracts, developing technical specifications. This is for a Technical consultant for the project. The technical consultant will provide technical and clinical advise and inputs to IFC for the program.

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Now is the time to invest in South Asia’s future

A few years ago, Binita Biswokarma’s life took a sharp turn for the worse.35161860665_6f3a2b1999_k.jpg

With no skills, relatives, or farmland, the young woman from Kaski, a rural district in West Nepal, struggled to provide for her son’s education, buy food and necessities, let alone repair the roof of her home.

Then came an opportunity to work as a road maintenance worker—and find a way out of poverty.

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eC2: Digital Economy For South Asia (DE4SA)- Digital Economy Assessments

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The World Bank Digital Development Global Practice (DD GP) is engaging with countries across Asia to identify new opportunities for growth and inclusion from the digital economy. These engagements have resulted in most cases from ongoing policy dialogue or investment lending programs and they reflect an interest from these countries to identify the public policies and investments that can promote their national digital economies. At the same time, there are opportunities to be realized through regional programs that could improve connectivity, access to markets, and grow the regional digital economy. In addition, there are also ongoing engagements with countries across Africa in other engagements.

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In South Asia, the case for road safety investment is stronger than ever

The global road safety crisis has reached epidemic proportions. Every year, according to in-hyderabad-traffic-nietnagel-flickr.jpgthe World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, some 1.35 million people lose their lives on the road , and millions more sustain serious injuries that often result in permanent disability.

Despite growing awareness, the numbers keep creeping up. The situation is particularly alarming in low and middle-income countries, where economic growth has boosted vehicle ownership and road construction, but road safety action hasn’t kept pace.

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As South Asia’s heat rises, living standards decline

This summer, at 42.6°C, July 25 was the hottest day ever in Paris. Halfway across the shutterstock_287040998globe, Delhi recorded its hottest day at 48°C on June 10.

Over the past decades and across the planet, such high temperature extremes have become more prevalent—and will likely get worse as severe heatwaves are expected to be more frequent and last longer. 

South Asia, which covers just about three percent of the world’s land area, is home to a quarter of its population.

And sadly, rising temperatures will hit hard the region and its people.

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Elsevier: Supporting Higher Education, Science, Technology and Global Competitiveness Globally by Partnering with the World Bank

For over 140 years, Elsevier has supported more than 1,000,000 global scientific and ELS_Logo_Orange_RGBacademic communities in their pursuit for new and verified scientific knowledge through access to peer-reviewed content, strategic research management tools, and capacity-building activities that promote and celebrate world-class science.

Over the last 12 years, Elsevier has closely collaborated with partners such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Dutch Organization for Internationalization in Education (NUFFIC) to support activities in emerging economies to enhance higher education and research, develop better science and technology, and improve local competitiveness. These efforts have allowed Elsevier and, specifically, the World Bank, to co-launch several regional and country initiatives and research metrics and evidence to contribute to promotion of discussions on research investment and collaboration.

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The jobs challenge is bigger than ever in the poorest countries

Over the next decade, close to 600 million people will be looking for jobs, mostly in the The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) - Ghanworld’s poorest countries. The South Asia region alone will need to create more than 13 million jobs every year to keep pace with its demographics. In Sub-Saharan Africa, despite a smaller population, the challenge will be even greater—15 million jobs will need to be created each year.

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