2020 Annual Meetings

The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc around the world and dealt a major setback to WBLdecades of development outcomes.

Taking place fully virtually this year, the World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings will center around “Supporting a Resilient Recovery.” Leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society along with a diverse group of experts, will discuss the path ahead for developing countries.

The Meetings will take place from October 12 to 18.

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How AI can help developing countries rebuild after the pandemic

Technology has been a lifeline to developing countries during the COVID-19 crisis, helping to ug-business owner uses her phone for mobile banking-Anna Koblanck IFCmaintain essential services and keep companies in business. It has also offered a glimpse of a brighter future, one in which gains in income and employment are driven by technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Even before the pandemic, commercial uses for AI were expanding rapidly in emerging markets, in fields ranging from manufacturing and energy to education and financial services. The necessary lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by countries have accelerated that trend. Companies like Clinicas de Azucar in Mexico are using AI to analyze data and improve health outcomes for thousands of at-risk diabetic patients. In India, 1mg uses AI to help customers compare prices for medical services from different labs.

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NL Success: IFC TechEmerge East-Africa

We are excited to announce 3 Dutch Companies are shortlisted for the IFC TechEmerge Health East-Africa: Qtracer, CarePay and SwyMed.index

53 tech companies from 20 countries that have been selected to attend the virtual TechEmerge Health East Africa Innovation Summit (date to be confirmed; possibly Aug/Sept. 2020).

In total, over 415 tech companies from 50 countries applied to the TechEmerge Health East Africa program. Applications went through a competitive evaluation process supported by a global network of  ~30 independent expert advisors. 53 tech companies across multiple categories were identified to have market-relevant solutions that may meet the needs of participating East Africa healthcare providers (“Providers”). There are ~25 leading Providers in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia participating in the program, serving over 6.5 million patients across 285+ facilities, with 2,850 beds.

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Can technology help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on education systems in Europe and Central Asia?

The last few weeks have witnessed heightened awareness of the threat from the blog1-herooutbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As the virus spreads around the world, we also need to understand what it means for the education systems of Europe and Central Asia.

With the need to contain the virus, many countries are implementing measures to reduce gatherings of large crowds. Our schools are not immune to these actions, nor to the spread of the virus. Many countries have now implemented measures in their education systems – from banning gatherings to the temporary closing of schools.

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eC2: TechEmerge Health East Africa Program

Deadline: 19-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is seeking a consulting firm to provide support on Component 4, specifically to maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489support the pilot implementation phase of the TechEmerge Health East Africa program.

It is estimated that there may be around 15+ pilot projects supported under the program, with East African healthcare providers working with shortlisted Innovators to pilot new technologies that can improve their reach, operations, healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes. The majority of Providers participating in the program are in Kenya, however, it is expected that there will be a few pilots implemented in Uganda and Ethiopia, supporting the Providers that are participating from those markets.

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Corporate Procurement WB: Request EOI for the WB Blockchain for Traceability Project

Deadline: February 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM EST

The World Bank Group Technology and Innovation Lab (“World Bank IL”) invites interested parties to respond to an Invitation for Prototype Build (IPB) for application of blockchain and DLT protocols to address disbursement traceability of World Bank funded projects.

The World Bank IL provides a learning platform, exploration space, and technology advice around disruptive technologies. The World Bank IL collaborates with its internal technology and business units, and external stakeholders to explore, test and understand new technology capabilities that will enable the World Bank to fully harness the Digital Age to achieve its mission.

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Year in Review: 2019 in 14 Charts

As this decade comes to an end, the world has seen progress on many fronts. The poorest countries have greater access to water, electricity, and sanitation (i.e., a toilet). Poverty and child mortality have fallen. Technology has spread far and wide so that there are now more mobile phones than people. But we’ve also broken some of the wrong kinds of records. In 2019, more people were forcibly displaced than any other time in history. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit an all-time high and biodiversity is declining at an accelerating rate. These charts highlight some remarkable achievements and the serious challenges that remain as we head into 2020.

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Disruptive Agriculture Technology Moonshot—Ready for Lift Off in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Can Africa feed Africa? This question is frequently asked, especially when there are 25620190802-africafood1140x500 million people (1 in 5) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who are critically undernourished.  And the numbers are growing. Escalating weather volatility due to climate change further exacerbate food and nutrition insecurity. Frequent droughts and floods are triggering a food crisis in at least one or more countries every year, demanding emergency responses.

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Malaysia’s need for speed: How regulatory action is unleashing ultrafast Internet

In Malaysia, regulatory reforms are beginning to shape the trajectory of the digital malaysiainternet2economy to unleash ultrafast internet. The result has been beneficial to Malaysians, especially within the confines of a market with low adoption of fiber internet services in the past decade, compared to its regional peers. But now things are changing. The country’s broadband market is rapidly moving to become more accessible, with increased competition and better quality services – which could potentially expand the digital economy to provide the benefits of economic growth, job creation and social inclusion.

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