COVID-19 has put food out of reach for many. Can technology create a more sustainable food system?

The short answer is yes. De-concentration, de-centralization and data are building blocks of a more sustainable food system post-COVID-19. Explore how in this in-depth analysis.

Free masks: A new initiative in the Central African Republic has seen the production of more than two million masks in just two months, looking to generate more than 1.6 million workdays and inject about $17 million into the local economy.

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eC2: Study of desalination challenges and opportunities

Deadline: 20-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) sunrise-phu-quoc-island-ocean.jpg

The objective of the study is to present a comprehensive overview of the desalination efforts carried out in Morocco and desalination plans included in the sector medium and long-term planning documents, and to identify challenges and potential solutions for bringing private-sector to support government efforts to scale-up desalination in the country.

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eC2: Short Term Consultant: Blue Economy – Industry Specialist

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

IFC is seeking an experienced Short-Term Consultant (STC) specialized in blue economy and bilingual in English and Mandarin, to support the development and implementation of a successful Blue Finance Pilot for IFC. This assignment is estimated to require a maximum of thirty (30) working days and a maximum of 3 trips, from the period from August 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The contract might be further extended depending on business need and performance. The STC will work with a multi-disciplinary team led by the Project Leader in Beijing. The STC will be based in Beijing, with some domestic travels together with IFC team.

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Why we need a Blue Recovery

COVID-19 has brought untold suffering to communities worldwide, compounded by what blue_recovery_world_bank_environmentWorld Bank estimates suggest will be the worst recession since World War II. Such a cataclysmic event requires a bold response, both in the immediate term by providing medical care and the safety nets needed to prevent people from falling into poverty but also in the longer term. As we work with countries to build back their economies and strengthen their communities, it cannot be business as usual and sustainability needs to be fully built into the recovery. But building back better should go beyond the green recovery that is being spoken about and embrace a “Blue Recovery.” The pandemic struck at a time when oceans are under increasing threat from myriad impacts  – ranging from the warming effects of climate change to pollution caused by coastal run-off and marine litter, overfishing and coral reef and biodiversity loss.

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Opening the gateway between the Dutch water sector and West African countries

On 29 June 2020, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the World Bank signed a Senegal-Tremeau-WACAProgram-900x450Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support West Africa’s efforts to build coastal resilience. Developed under the West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) Program, this marks an important step towards making Dutch expertise in coastal and flood management available to West African countries. Bianca Nijhof, Managing Director at NWP, and Simeon Ehui, Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Africa at the World Bank, sealed the agreement and highlighted how effective coastal management and nature-based climate solutions are at the nexus of economic development and poverty reduction.

eC2: Digitizing and building exposure data sets suitable for risk modelling in the Areas of Potential Significant Flood Risk

Deadline: 11-May-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Bangladeshi villagers repair a vital flood-protecting embankment

Digitizing and building exposure datasets suitable for risk modelling, to be uploaded into OpenStreetMap (OSM) and other public web data portals for the Areas of Potential Significant Flood Risk (APSFR) in Romania. Assess the data availability on OSM and any other available data sources in the country for each relevant feature for risk modelling. Develop an action plan for the data collection, to successfully develop a complete datsets on exposure suitable for accurate flood risk modelling covering the APSFR.

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eC2: Consultancy Services for Water Storage ASA

Deadline: 21-Apr-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The Water Global Practice (WGP) is commissioning an Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) to identify innovative Water Storage solutions implemented both externally and internally at the WB, and demonstrate their use in WB operations. The ASA aims to support World Bank teams and client countries in better informing clients decision making on addressing key water resources management challenges through the adoption of innovative approaches and best management practices to reduce disruptions in water systems. The Water Storage is a concept inspired by the need to enhance and expand the potential for water to improve water security in client countries through the adoption of sustainable, resilient, and innovative practices factoring in clients capabilities, challenges and contexts. By definition, this concept is broad, including both engineering and soft solutions that can contribute to water security and that includes retention, inter-seasonal, and interannual systems.

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Wastewater A Resource that Can Pay Dividends for People, the Environment, and Economies, Says World Bank

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2020—The world’s wastewater – 80 percent of which is

released into the environment without adequate treatment – is a valuable resource from which clean water, energy, nutrients, and other resources can be recovered, according to a World Bank report released today to mark World Water Day.

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eC2: Actuarial modelling of financial losses from Flood Risk in Morocco

Deadline:  30-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)floods

The World Bank DRFIP framework aims to strengthen the capacity of governments to take informed decisions on disaster risk finance, based on sound financial/actuarial analysis and to support stakeholders with better risk information for financial resilience. To support Morocco’s Solidarity Fund and more broadly other World Bank clients in need for actuarial modelling of financial contingent liability, the DRFIP seeks to develop a flood risk model for the Moroccan territory (which could eventually be reused to other countries or contexts). This model should allow the estimate of the probabilistic loss distribution for various risk categories or protection scheme beneficiaries, for Morocco as a whole (ground up losses), as well as for FSEC specifically.

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eC2: Community Mapping Urban Risks in Mwanza Tanzania

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

The objective of this assignment is to inform the socio-economic exposure analysis of thewater TURP flood risk assessment for Mwanza city. This will be done by providing design and management of mapping campaigns in Mwanza from May October 2020 with a focus on three core mapping campaigns: i) Digitization services for 2020 building exposure updates; ii) Drainage infrastructure and river mapping; iii) Participatory Mapping of Unplanned Communities; iv) Household flood and rockfall historical incidents mapping.

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