South Asia’s transport corridors can lead to prosperity

This blog is based on the report The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia — jointly transport-corridors-blogproduced with the Asian Development Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

No doubt, South Asia’s prosperity was built along its trade routes.

One of the oldest, the Grand Trunk Road from the Mughal era still connects East and West and in the 17th century made Delhi, Kabul and Lahore wealthy cities with impressive civic buildings, monuments, and gardens.

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eC2: Action Planning for Social Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management Portfolio in South Asia

Qiangtang River BasinDeadline: 22-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Banks South Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team has commenced a new regional Technical Assistance (TA): Mainstreaming Inclusive Resilience in South Asia (P167456), to proactively incorporate social inclusion in the existing and new DRM lending portfolio. The objectives of this assignment are: (a) to develop action plans for five pilot projects, that are either new or existing, to better address social inclusion in the project design/implementation stage; and (b) to design and deliver training workshops that help government counterparts and World Bank’s DRM and Social Development specialists, to design more socially inclusive DRM projects. Under this assignment, two activities are planned: (i) action planning to identify practical entry points for more robust social inclusion elements in the five pilot projects; (ii)training workshop for consultation and learning opportunities.

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Fair Progress? Economic Mobility across Generations Around the World

If you are born into a low-income family, what are the chances that you will rise higher Fair-Progress-Pictureregardless of your background? The ability to move up the income ladder, both in one’s lifetime and with respect to one’s parents, matters for fighting poverty, reducing inequality, and even for boosting growth. Yet, mobility has stalled in recent years in large parts of the world, with the prospects of too many people across the world still too closely tied to their parents’ social status rather than their own potential, according to the findings of a new World Bank report launched today. Mobility is also much lower, on the average, in developing economies than in high-income economies. The developing world accounts for 46 of the bottom 50 economies in terms of mobility in education from the bottom to the top.

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Bangladesh: A STEP towards better Employability

To ensure better employment opportunities for the Bangladeshi labor force, in both local

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and overseas job markets, skills development and vocational education has to be aligned with the market demand. The Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) aims to strengthen public and private training institutions to improve the quality of skills training and employability of trainees, both at home and abroad, including those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Challenges

Bangladesh economy has been registering steady economic growth of around 6 percent over the past decade.  As local and global economic shifts continue toward industry and services, demand for skilled manpower is expected to rise at home and abroad. A labor-surplus country, the Bangladesh government is increasingly focusing on workforce development through technical and vocational education training (TVET). This is a timely response as the country prepares to accommodate and capitalize on the ongoing demographic dividend. However, poor training quality, low employability and inadequate wages plague the TVET sector, requiring interventions for addressing these issues.

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eC2: Technical and Legal Consultants for hospital PPP in Philippines

Deadline: 03-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

 

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is a tertiary state-owned hospital administered Image result for hospital philippinesand operated by the University of the Philippines Manila, the University. It is the largest hospital in the country and is designated as the National University Hospital.

PGH intends to develop two health facilities on PPP basis with support from IFC.

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WBG News: Vietnam’s Climate Change and Green Growth Agenda Receives $90 million Boost

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2016 – The World Bank will help Vietnam strengthen its _DSC8598climate change and green growth agenda with a US$90 million credit for policy reforms aligned with the World Bank Group’s Climate Change Action Plan.

The Climate Change and Green Growth Development Policy Financing, approved today, along with the recently approved Mekong Delta Integrated Climate Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Project, marks a new phase in World Bank support as Vietnam continues to focus on inclusive green growth while addressing key climate change vulnerabilities.

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World Bank: Climate Change Poses Urgent Threat to Poor of Coastal Bangladesh

World Bank News – Washington, June 24, 2016.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nearly 12 million people live in poverty in the coastal region of Bangladesh.
  • Poor households in coastal Bangladesh will confront increasingly severe challenges from climate change through heightened cyclonic inundation, rising river salinity, and increased soil salinity.
  • The World Bank is working with the Government of Bangladesh to enable poor households to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Nearly 12 million people live in poverty in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. The climate already poses a challenge to the lives and livelihoods of these households, seen vividly in the damage caused by Cyclone Roanu a few weeks ago. New projections published by the World Bank suggest climate change will pose an even more severe challenge over the next three decades.

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eConsultant2:Short Term Consultants for IFC Public Private Partnership Advisory Services

Deadline: 27-Apr-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The department is looking to recruit an experienced Short Term Consultant (STC) for its South Asia (SA) team who will support the regional team and PPPsmanagement with the whole PPP transaction process and related advisory of IFC. The team focuses on advising on the following types of transactions, across all infrastructure sectors with a particular focus on urban infrastructure, energy and transport.

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Dutch Health delivers four boats to Bangladesh

On December 2, 2015 the Minister of Disaster Management and Relief, Hon. Mofazzal DutchHealth Boats BangladeshHossain Chowdhury (Maya) Bir Bikram, MP, handed over four Search and Rescue Boats, built by Dutch Health BV, to the National Coast Guard of Bangladesh. This project was financed by the World Bank.

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eConsultant2: Transit Smartcard Integration Technical Assistance in South Asia

Deadline: 30-Nov-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the assignment is to inform the client countries, cities, and public Ethiopia-Road-Constructiontransport operators in the South Asia region of the benefits and implementation process of transit smartcard. Particular focus will be given to the early stage efforts for the integration of smartcard systems for different modes and cities, in order to prevent the future cost for integration when several different systems are already in use.

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