Water, the economy, and development: New insights on a complex challenge

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In the World Bank Water Practice, we often talk about how issues like flooding and drought_creative_commons.jpgdroughts threaten our mission to end poverty and boost shared prosperity. But how much do we actually know about how these floods and droughts – “water shocks” – impact farmers, firms, and communities? Perhaps adaptation in the economy has limited such impacts. Or maybe policies have led to economies being more vulnerable to such shocks.

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eC2:Water Utility Prefeasibility Study for Private and Public Debt Financing to Enhance the WSS Service Delivery in the Urban Area of Tegucigalpa

Deadline: 08-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

Design a business plan (BP) based on existing information on the SANAA, which will need to be validated to build an interactive financial model (FM) that will guide UMAPS in decision making with respect to the operation, maintenance and investments that will improve the quality of water and sanitation services as well as achieve financial and environmental sustainability.

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Testing water quality: When labs don’t work

Drinking water utilities, water resource management agencies, and environmwater_quality_mason_jarental regulators across the world are required to establish laboratories to test water quality. Proper testing ensures that water is safe for its intended use, whether that be drinking, bathing, fishing, watering crops, or sustaining ecological health. Yet we routinely find poorly-functioning analytical labs. Failure to follow standardized procedures, maintain certification, and perform routine checks for quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) compromises the reliability of lab results. As a result, the data are of limited use for managing water safety.

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eC2:Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive: Opportunities of EU accession

Deadline: 31-Jan-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

The objective of this study is to assess specific issues in Danube Basin region regarding: (i) implementation, (ii) outcomes; and (iii) sustainability (mostly from the point of view of affordability) of the UWWTD in the Danube Region. While the study will primarily base its assessment in the experience of current EU members countries within the Danube River Basin in the directive implementation, the work is expected to also benefit EU candidates and potential candidate countries from the region (meaning almost all other countries of the region). In this first stage, the study will not seek to answer all of those questions conclusively, but rather to provide sufficient elements needed to initiate an in depth discussion on achievement and appropriateness of UWWT directive implementation in DRB. In parallel, the study will also seek to document specific good practices that might show how to improve implementation efficiency

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eC2: Capacity Building Services for Egypt Water and Sanitation Sector

Deadline: 08-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)wash-hands-98641_640

The objective of the assignment include capacity building services in the areas of Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Asset Management, Operations and Maintenance, Procurement, Citizen Engagement, Financial sustainability, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The World Bank now invites eligible academic Institutes (Consultants) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Local Academic Institutes should provide a covering letter, institute profile and all information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

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Protecting our water sources brings a wealth of benefits

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The journey of our water from source to tap is long, and not one we think much about. For most of us, our water starts high in the mountains, hundreds of miles away. From there, water flows across natural and working lands until a portion is channeled to water pipes that move water to our faucets, to farms, and to various types of businesses. Most often we think of those pipes as being our main water infrastructure, but upstream lands play a key role in capturing, storing and moving our water. By conserving these lands, we can better protect our water and generate additional benefits for people and nature.

Invigorating Africa’s climate resilient ocean economies

­_bo_5646_0.jpgWe 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.

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eC2:Photovoltaic Water Pumping Project

Deadline: 29-Dec-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

The project seeks to facilitate the gradual retrofitting/replacement of existing diesel generators for water pumping with solar power. The financing mechanism will consist of a blended financing approach where 50% of the investment in PVP by Community Owned Water Supply Organizations (COWSOs) will be covered by a grant and the remaining 50% covered through a loan from TIB Development Bank. COWSOs will repay the loan through monthly installments via a mobile money payment modality. COWSOs are generally unfamiliar with PVP technology and are not accustomed to receiving and servicing loans. For the Project to succeed, careful COWSO sensitization, training and follow-up is required.
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Tackling the vital challenge of financing the world’s water infrastructure needs

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We cannot talk about water and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 without also looking at everything that depends on it: from climate, food and electricity to families, farms and ecosystems. It is thus quite simple, if we don’t get it right on water, then we will not succeed in achieving the other SDGs either.