In early 2016, the Fiji province of Ra was hit by Cyclone Winston, the biggest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, impacting 62% of the Fiji population and caused F$2 Billion in damage (20% of GDP). It killed 44 people, injured hundreds and left 131,000 people homeless. The Category 5 storm first made landfall in Ra, leaving its communities completely devastated. Cyclone Winston was an example of new enemies facing communities. Enemies that are linked to climate change.
Deadline: 08-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The Bank is carrying out analytical study on Tanzania freshwater resilience, which will underpin institutional reform and future on-the-ground investment for water resources management. A core activity of this study is to assess water use of the major sectors, namely, agriculture and industry, in Tanzania. The agricultural and industrial sectors are the major economic drivers of the country representing the biggest and most rapidly expanding users of water resources.
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Community-Led Total Sanitation might be the greatest Bangladeshi export you’ve never heard of. In countries across Asia, Africa and Latin 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.
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 poverty, 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.
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 access 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.
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 assets 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.
Deadline: 03-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
On August 6, 2017, The government of Bangladesh signed an additional $47.50 million financing 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.
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.