Could investment in taps and toilets be the key to unlocking developing economies?

*This piece was originally published by the Financial Times as part of its Partner Content.wateraid-hero_pic

Investing in universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene could yield massive economic gains over the next two decades – but mobilizing finance is not easy

Global leaders seeking a way to rebuild battered economies could hold the key to prosperity in their bathrooms. Among the many infrastructure investments that could help create prosperity in the years to come, one of the most potent – and overlooked – is universal access to taps and toilets. Research by Vivid Economics for international NGO WaterAid has shown that each dollar invested in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) could generate up to a $21 return. The analysis showed that giving every home a toilet connected to a safely managed sewerage or off-mains system could generate $86bn in wealth a year.

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Going With The Flow: Water’s Role in Global Migration

Water has always influenced where we live. Today, as climate change accelerates the globalfeature-story-image water crisis, the relentless increase in the movement of people around the world requires a considered response to turn crisis into opportunity.

What makes us move

There are more than 1 billion migrants in the world today – and water deficits are linked to 10% of the rise in global migration. The World Bank’s just-released flagship publication on water shows that it is a lack of water, rather than too much, that has a greater impact on migration.  

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eC2: Private sector diagnostic in the waste sector in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan

Deadline:  10-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  water

IFC is seeking a firm or a consortium of firms (‘the Consultant”) to identify and assess potential waste sector opportunities in both the near and medium-term for IFC and private sector financing in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan.

As such, the Consultant is expected to conduct:

(1) A review of the institutional and regulatory frameworks in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan for possible private sector involvement and subnational financing in the waste sector;

(2) A market assessment that includes a mapping of existing and future solid waste projects in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan; and

(3) A preliminary review (including technical and commercial criteria) of selected projects.

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WACA Call for Innovation: A win for the Dutch water sector

The WACA Call for Innovation Demo Day and Award Ceremony were hosted by the World senya-beraku-1928946_1920Bank on 17 and 18 November 2020. It featured presentations of the five shortlisted competitors pitching their proposals. Among the top three winners were two Dutch consortia which included NWP members HKV, IHE Delft, Witteveen+Bos, CDR International, Boskalis and Wetlands International.

eC2: Obtaining bridges and cross-sections surveys and other measurements for the purpose of development of flood hazard and risk maps under the EU Flood Directive 2007/60/EC

Deadline:   03-Dec-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

The objective of this assignment is to provide a new geodetic survey on cross-sections and related engineering infrastructure (bridges, dikes, dam walls, weirs, culverts, polders, etc.) in selected Areas of Potential Significant Flood Risk (APSFR) defined in the 2nd cycle of Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment in Romania, with necessary accuracy for hydraulic modeling (5cm HRMSE and VRMSE).

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IFC TechEmerge Nigeria

TechEmerge Expands to Temperature-Controlled Logistics in Nigeria. unnamed

In early December, TechEmerge will launch an open call for innovators worldwide to bring their sustainable solutions in temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) to Nigeria. The program is being conducted in collaboration with Kobo 360—an e-logistics platform operating across Africa that connects truckers to customers. It offers market access to Africa’s largest economy, and a pool of up to $1 million in funding to top innovators matched with leading Nigerian companies to jointly pilot affordable, sustainable solutions that reduce losses in cold chains, strengthen access to TCL-dependent products and markets, and build commercial partnerships. Find out more here.

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1.47 billion people face flood risk worldwide: for over a third, it could be devastating

Flooding is one of the most common and severe hazards disrupting people’s lives and flood_risks_colombo_sri_lanka_bloglivelihoods around the world. Floods often cause unmitigated damage and suffering, especially in lower income countries where infrastructure systems – including drainage and flood protection – tend to be less developed. While countries at all levels of development face flood risk, the vast majority of the world’s flood exposed people – 89% – live in low- and middle- income countries.  Critically, it is not only major, more infrequent floods, but also smaller, frequent events that can reverse years of progress in poverty reduction and development.

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eC2: Support to World Bank and its Partners in ensuring due diligence in the preparation of “Navigation Channel Development” investments under the Jamuna River Program.

Deadline: 10-Nov-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The World Bank, Government of Bangladesh, and their Development Partners, are supporting the Jamuna River Economic Corridor Development Program (currently, project preparation stage).

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eC2:  Support to World Bank and its Partners in ensuring due diligence in the preparation of River Protection and River Training Investments under the Jamuna River Program.

Deadline:  10-Nov-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Qiangtang River Basin

The Program Development Objectives are to (a) enhance resilience of the Jamuna Rivers riverbanks to flooding and erosion; (b) improve navigability of the Jamuna River; and (c) strengthen sector institutional capacity. The program initial phases are two phases to be implemented over around 7 years; possibly overlapping by two years: Phase 1 being a preparatory and foundational phase (total $100 million); and Phase 2 comprising the bulk of investments (total $1.2 billion).

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