Towards a cleaner Bangladesh: Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all

Community-Led Total Sanitation might be the greatest Bangladeshi export you’ve never heard of.  In countries across Asia, Africa and lgsp1Latin America, a consensus has emerged that the best approach is Community-Led Total Sanitation, which is widely credited with changing people’s behavior around the world to no longer defecate in the open, which has greatly improved global health.
Bangladeshis can take plenty of pride in these far-away accomplishments. That’s because it is Northern Bangladesh – more specifically the Mosmoil village in Rajshahi district – that pioneered this approach seventeen years ago. Its success at home led to its widespread adoption abroad.

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The biggest bang for our limited water and sanitation buck: can investing in small towns lead the way?

While the share of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012, the region’s rapid population growth outpaced the decrease in the_biggest_bang_for_our_limited_water_and_sanitation_buck_investing_in_small_towns_-_graphpoverty, resulting in higher number of poor people than before. More specifically, Africa’s urban population is expected to triple in size in the next half century, which is putting pressure on scarce resources in cities, exacerbated by capacity, budget and governance bottlenecks. The densely-populated areas with low levels of water and sanitation services pose a serious threat to public health – cholera epidemics have broken out in urban areas in several African countries in recent years.

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Millions Around the World Held Back by Poor Sanitation and Lack of Access to Clean Water

New World Bank research from 18 countries shows urgent action on water and sanitation is key to tackle poverty 

STOCKHOLM, August 28, 2017– Reaching the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of wateraccess to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030 will require countries to spend $150 billion per year.  A fourfold increase in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) investments compared to what is spent today, this is out of reach for many countries, threatening progress on poverty eradication.

A World Bank report launched today at World Water Week titled Reducing Inequalities in Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals suggests that a drastic change is required in the way countries manage resources and provide key services, starting with better targeting to ensure they reach those most in need, and tackling inefficiencies to make sure public services are sustainable and effective.

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eC2: Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy for Thessaloniki

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

The redevelopment strategy will build upon the existing infrastructure and tourism Afbeeldingsresultaat voor waterfront thessaloniki greeceassets in the area, which already draw many international and local visitors, despite lack of uninterrupted pedestrian access, limited amenities and few retail and food and beverage options along the length of the waterfront. The City would like to catalyze the redevelopment of various vacant and/or underutilized sites along the waterfront as a means to achieve social, economic and fiscal benefits. This demonstration project will be used to illustrate how social, fiscal and economic outcomes can be maximized through more coordinated planning and effective investment program prioritization.
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eC2: External Evaluation of Danube Water Program

Deadline: 03-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The World Bank is commissioning an external evaluation of the Danube Water Program (DWP) on behalf of the DWP Steering committee. The external evaluation will review progress against the results outlined in the DWP Work-plan and overall Program’s objective of supporting institutional capacity building and the development of regulatory and policy instruments in the water supply and wastewater sector in participating countries in the Danube region. Qualified candidates with at least 10 years of professional experience in program and/or policy design and evaluation (relevant experience includes project or program reviews, audits or evaluations in the area of international development) are invited to express interest and submit an updated CV. The work is expected to be undertaken by mid-November 2017, so interested candidates must be fully available from first week in September to engage full-time in the assignment. Please see TOR for more details.

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World Bank Helps Bangladesh Improve Water and Sanitation Services in Chittagong

On August 6, 2017, The government of Bangladesh signed an additional $47.50 million Bangladesh partnershipfinancing agreement with the World Bank to continue construction of new water infrastructure in Chittagong, and provide access to safe water to around 650,000 inhabitants in the city.

The additional financing to the Chittagong Water Supply Improvement and Sanitation Project will help the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWASA) to complete constructing the Modunaghat Water Treatment Plant and Patenga Booster Pumping Station, as well as to install 60 km of new water transmission pipeline and rehabilitate another 73 km pipeline from Kalurghat to the Patenga Booster Pumping Station.

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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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eC2: Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Lake Victoria Transport Program

Deadline: 22-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed program of interventions on and around Lake Victoria are expected to Image result for lake victoriacontribute to improve transport connectivity and sustainability. Whilst local impacts are identified and addressed in site specific ESIA, the lake ecosystem is large, complex, multi-dimensional and dynamic. Understanding the social and environmental issues thus requires comprehensive observation and management at the catchment scale in a holistic manner. Given the wider scope of the interventions on the Lake Victoria basin (both at the ports, but also with the lake itself), with knock-on or cumulative effects on the lakes overall catchment area, a strategic planning framework for the development and protection of the lake, its dependents, and associated infrastructure is critically important. This assignment is designed to support the LVBC do that.
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eC2:Lilongwe Water PPP Legal Consultant

Deadline: 17-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

IFC intends to hire the services of specialist consultants to support the IFC Project Team in delivering the advisory mandate, which is currently under negotiation. The IFC is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) at this early stage to ensure timely appointment of technical consultants. The RFP will be issued once the mandate has been signed with the Government of Malawi. The assignment will be to provide legal advisory support to the IFC team in undertaking this transaction advisory project. The transaction advisory will be implemented in phases: Phase 1 will include due diligence and transaction structuring, Phase 2 will be the implementation of the transaction including preparation of necessary tender documents and supporting the full procurement process.
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