How digital remittances can help drive sustainable development

More people in the world have access to financial accounts and tools than ever before. 1_Ih2VtGVLThAmRgcpvx3u9AWith this access, new products and services are being developed to facilitate convenient usage of these accounts. Taking this a step further, healthy financial inclusion incorporates customers’ ability to balance income and expenses, build and maintain reserves, and to manage and recover from financial shocks using a range of financial tools. The most useful financial services are those that provide customers with convenience, and support resilience through enhanced ability to weather shocks and pursue financial goals; effectively supporting the financial health of the user.

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eC2: Mozambique SLWRMP midline data collection

MOZAMBIQUEDeadline: 05-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Survey Firm for Agriculture Household Listing, Plot Mapping and Baseline Data Collection Sustainable Land and Water Resource Management Project (SLWMRP) Mozambique.

The Mozambique Sustainable Land and Water Resource Management Project (SLWRMP), financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), aims to increase the resilience of communities towards the adverse impacts of climate change through the development of 56 small scale irrigation kits, covering either 5 or 10 ha, in the Southern province of Gaza. The Gaza province is one of the most adversely affected provinces in terms of climate change events with frequent occurrence of droughts in the northern parts and floods in the coastal areas of the province. The Project is being implemented in the four districts of Guija, Mabalane, Chicualacuala and Massengena. The data collection activities will feed into the rigorous evaluation of the project.

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eC2: Innovative models for waste water planning, financing and regulation

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

Wastewater resource recovery is being implemented in many countries around the waste water treamentworld but this is usually done in an ad-hoc basis and is not part of a long-term national strategy or policy. There are successes and failures around the world and information on the technological options abound, but there is much less information available on the institutional, regulatory and policy frameworks that incentivize these schemes nor on the financing/contractual arrangements behind these approaches. Many developing countries still think of wastewater as a waste; as something that needs to be treated and discharged. There is a need to move from a linear to a circular thinking.

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Flooded rivers: taking a bird’s eye view

Floodplains are attractive areas for development, with over 2 billion people living within the world’s 10 largest river basins. Yet, they are also at particular risk from overflowing rivers. Globally, river floods affect more than 21 million people. By 2030, due to climate change, population growth, and rapid urbanization, this number could rise to 54 million.

How can we enjoy the benefits these locations bring, without putting ourselves at unnecessary danger from floods?

While it is impossible to fully eliminate flood risk, actions can be taken to minimize the impact.

A proactive river basin-wide approach to flood risk management may be one of the solutions.

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Partnerships, cornerstone to achieve Indonesia’s sustainable peatland restoration targets

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org.

“Peatlands are sexy!” They aren’t words you would normally associate with peatlands, but judging from the large audience that participated in the lively discussion on financing peatland restoration in Indonesia at the “Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter” conference, held May 18 in Jakarta, it seems to be true. The observation was made by Erwin Widodo, one of the speakers in the World Bank-hosted panel discussion at the event.

Lessons from Environmental Policy Lending

Sustainable development, including environmental sustainability, is at the core of the World Bank Group’s strategy.  Policy lending has been a major part of the World Bank’s lending operations for decades, but recently the number of policy lending operations with environmental goals has increased, supporting policy actions across a broad range of subsectors.

This Learning Product seeks to offer lessons from experience to help inform stakeholders on how to design and implement this instrument, outlining some of the tensions and tradeoffs that must be grappled with in design. The main audience is Bank operational teams helping governments to prepare and implement DPF with environmental goals.

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