To unlock student potential in East Asia Pacific, be demanding and supportive of teachers

pexels-photo-325924.jpegAmong the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on internationally comparable tests such as PISA and TIMSS are from the region, with Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong (China) consistently among the best.

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For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope

Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban Land-Conference-2017.jpgexpansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and social inclusion, are intimately tied to land and the way it is used. Addressing these challenges while also ensuring individuals and communities are able to make full use of their land depends on consistent, reliable, and accessible identification of land rights.

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Newsletter March 2018: Creating a Better World

untitledWe are excited to bring you the first 2018 edition of the NL4WorldBank newsletter, Creating a Better World which was published the on the 14th of March.

In this edition we feature a ” meet and greet “ with Sophie Peeters who works for the Blockchain Lab at World Bank Group. The Lab will be prominent in future articles and newsletters because we will be highlighting innovation which entails Blockchain, AI and Cyber Security.

Next week the Land & Poverty event will be kicking off which has prominent Dutch representation, please let us know if you will be attending. Another interesting event taking place at a later date is the Water and Sanitation Mission in June. This mission gives Dutch companies the opportunity to get to know everything the World Bank and other IFI’s are working on in water.

And for your convenience we have updated and listed all the NL relevant events for the year, enjoy!

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Deadline:  15-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Website_LakeTanganyika-Locn

Objective:  The main objectives of this assignment are to: (i) Undertake the necessary data collection and charting including bathymetric, geotechnical and hydrodynamic studies, in the defined ports and entrance channels, (ii) Conduct a feasibility study to identify the optimal dredging level for the participating Lake Tanganyika ports and key shipping routes in light of, infrastructure condition, current and future traffic projections, and lake level fluctuations resulting from natural variability and future climatic changes. (iii) Identify the most appropriate dredging and disposal methodology. In addition, should the level of pollution in the material to be dredged represent a significant risk, the consultants should propose appropriate mitigation measures; and (iv) Prepare bid documents, review the draft SESIA and prepare an outline Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Environmental and Social Management Plan for the dredging, and prepare a contracting strategy agreed with stakeholders for the dredging work to be undertaken.
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Deadline:  15-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) untitled

Objective:  The assignment is intended to be undertaken by a very experienced and high-quality firm (or a consortia), familiar with undertaking assessments of this type, both in the region and internationally. The Consultant will be expected to provide approximately 10-person months of key staff inputs. The estimate of the key person requirements is only indicative and could be construed as skill mix requirements for these services. The contract for this assignment will be a lump sum contract, administered by the World Bank.

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In Senegal, a call to invest in people and the planet

SenegalFor three days this month, the West African nation of Senegal was in the spotlight of global efforts to combat climate change and improve education in a rapidly changing world.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Senegal’s President Macky Sall co-hosted a conference in Dakar to replenish the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – a funding platform to help low-income countries increase the number of children who are both in school and learning.

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eC2: Improvement of seven solid waste disposal sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina Prefeasibility, Preliminary design and Preliminary environmental and social analysis

Deadline:    19-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) solid waste

Objective:  The scope of this assignment includes study of seven (7) waste disposal sites in various locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and provide recommendations on closure, rehabilitation, and upgrade to reduce/ minimize the environmental impact and/or establishment of new landfill capacity. The Consultant should be alert to the difference in the environmental characteristics of the study area in each case and their physical, biological, cultural property and socio-economic conditions.

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Strong thirsts in fragile countries: walking the water scarce path of refugees

syrian-refugee-kid-water-pointImagine that you must flee home at once. You may be fleeing violence, social tensions, poor environmental conditions, or even persecution. You and your loved ones may walk for several days to find safety, and may even go for periods without food.

What would you need to survive?

The answer is clean water. Finding drinkable water is one of the first steps in your journey to a new home. If you instead consume contaminated water, you risk exposure to several diseases. Drinking water unfit for consumption may not only harm your health in the short run — drinking unclean water may cause life-long health problems. And of course, these problems multiply if entire communities, or even cities, face these health problems.

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eC2: Jamaica Diagnostics – Early Learning Partnership (ELP) Systems

Deadline: 22-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: jaimeindia

The Early Learning Partnership (ELP) of the World Bank, with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), seeks bidders for Phase 1 of the ELP Systems Research program in Jamaica. The selected research team will produce diagnostic report(s) on the following themes: (1) Early intervention for children identified as at risk through the Jamaica School Readiness Assessment; (2) the effects of violence on early learning; (3) additional theme(s) proposed by the team, provided that they are relevant to the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Early Childhood in Jamaica and agreed with the World Bank.

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Follow up: Webinar on “How to Complain?”

Thursday June 8, 2017 from 08:00am – 10:00am Washington, DC , the World Bank held a indexPrivate Sector Webinar on “How to Complain”.

We attended the webinar and have included the Complaint Webinar PowerPoint Presentation and the Complaint guidance document.


The 2016 Procurement Framework has enhanced the mechanism for handling of procurement-related complaints. The enhancements are aimed at providing fair, timely and meaningful relief to complainants while avoiding undue delays and disruptions to project implementation.


The webinar was conducted by the following staff:

  • Diomedes Berroa, Lead Specialist
  • Belita Manka, Senior Counsel Registration.