At the World Bank, our teams working on social development, urban development, disaster risk management, and land issues have endeavored with countries and cities worldwide throughout the year to achieve a common goal: building inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities for all. How did they do? From our “Sustainable Communities” newsletter, we have captured 12 moments that mark the major accomplishments and lessons learned in 2017—and inspire our continued work to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in 2018. Below the last 6 moments are described.
In the 1960s, the vision of future mobility was people with jet packs and flying cars – we believed these innovations wouldn’t be far off after the moon landing in 1969. Obviously, the reality in 2017 is somewhat different.
Today, we have congestion in cities, rural areas cut off from the rest of the world, and too many people without access to safe, efficient, and green transport. This stifles markets and hinders people from the jobs that will help them escape poverty. Without access to sustainable mobility, it will be much harder—if not impossible— to end poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Deadline: 21-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The World Bank is pursuing an initiative aimed at developing model processes and documentation to help municipalities deliver more cost effective and faster PPP. This initiative will set out model documentation for the following PPP structure: Design, build, finance, operation, maintenance and transfer of an asset where a private entity is asked to (a) design and build a new asset (or refurbish an existing asset),(b) finance the build,(c) operate and maintain the asset,(d) earn revenues from the operation of that asset (whether from users, from other associated commercial activities and/or from payments made by government for operating the asset; and with or without a revenue share paid by the private investor), and (e) hand the asset back to government at the end of the period. Building on successful municipal programs in countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Indonesia, this initiative will gather lessons learned and turn them into municipal PPP frameworks for developing countries.
Deadline: 31-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: To this end, IFC will recruit a marketing/communications firm to design and implement a campaign to educate consumers about the opportunities that quality-verified off-grid solar products present, and assist them in making informed purchasing decisions. The main objective of the campaign is to increase sales of high-quality solar products, to support creation of a sustainable commercial market for these products in Myanmar. The campaign should reach rural consumers primarily, as well as urban consumers at the township level and other stakeholders such as urban-migrated family members of villagers, through a broad range of marketing and public awareness activities tailored to address the specific needs of low income households. The campaign will include multiple delivery channels, drawing on the experience from other Lighting programs and adapting them to the Myanmar market.
The Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership launches July 1st.
The Partnership identifies sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing and resilience as crucial for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.
Water touches nearly every aspect of development. It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems and is fundamental for life. However, this critical resource can harm as well as help. Water-related hazards such as floods, storms, and droughts are responsible for 9 out of 10 natural disasters. Climate change is expected to increase this risk and place even greater stress on scarce water supplies.
Deadline: 26-Jun-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of these terms of reference is to formulate a model community engagement framework for local government (LGA) PPP in Tanzania, provide provisions for the Model LGA PPP Agreement ( PPPA) to implement this model framework and provide a module for the draft LGA PPP operating guidelines for the practical application of community engagement and in particular this framework to PPP projects in Tanzania. The framework will be based on global best practices adopted in community engaged PPPs and will embody the lessons learned from different country engagements (both successful and failed), for example the World Banks citizen engagement for smart cities program and IFC’s stakeholder engagement: a good practice handbook for doing business in emerging markets.
Deadline: 18-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Bank (WB) is initiating a new technical assistance activity focused on Renewable Energy Resource Mapping in Laos, with funding from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). The initial focus will be on small hydro mapping, with other components potentially added in the future depending on funding availability and client demand.
We are all too aware that difficult times lie ahead for coastal communities
Coastal erosion, especially in West Africa, has already displaced communities, with economic losses costing about 2.3% of GDP in Togo alone. In the past 60 years, sea temperatures in the Western Indian Ocean increased 0.6 C, triggering mass coral bleaching and deadly climate-related disasters across the region. The economic cost of the 1998 coral bleaching event to Zanzibar and Mombasa was in the tens of millions of dollars. The natural cost is still unknown.
An adequate and reliable road network will be key to Africa’s economic and social development. Good-quality road connections can greatly expand access to jobs, markets, schools, and hospitals. For rural communities, in particular, a road is often an essential lifeline that links isolated villages to economic opportunities and services.
The low density and poor condition of the existing road infrastructure are a serious impediment to the region’s growth. Currently, only 1/3 of rural inhabitants live within two kilometers of an all-season road–the lowest accessibility in the developing world. Moreover, insufficient funding of routine maintenance accelerates the deterioration of the network, leaving many roads in poor condition.
As part of a broader effort to expand and upgrade its transport network, Africa will see substantial investment in road infrastructure over the next decades. When combining both regional initiatives and country-level masterplans, capital investment in the road sector will average about $4.6 billion a year, for a total of $78 billion through 2030.