Leveraging technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Billions of people are connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing  ziplinepower, storage capacity, and access to knowledge — foreshadowing stunning possibilities.  This potential is multiplied by technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, big data processing, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, blockchain, etc.

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World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas after 2019

Paris, 12 December, 2017 – At the One Planet Summit convened by President Emmanuel Macron of France, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank Group made a number of new announcements in line with its ongoing support to developing countries for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement’s goals.


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Statistics Netherlands and World Bank sign MoU

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and World Bank Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the desire to carry out activities cbsconducive to helping developing countries improve their statistical systems for collecting, processing and disseminating quality and timely data for evidence-based policymaking in order to achieve their national development goals as strive towards the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).

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eC2:Cooperative Business Management Capacity Building Training program for Africa Improved Foods Limited (AIFL)

Deadline:  15-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group (WBG), pursues its mission of reducing poverty and improving peoples lives by promoting private sector development through investment and advisory services.
The IFC wishes to publish an Expression of Interest (EoI) to contract a firm (locally based in Rwanda) to design and implement a cooperative business management capacity building program among cooperatives in Rwanda working with major off taker in the Maize and Soy subsector of Rwanda The program will initially cover 8 maize (and soy bean) growers cooperatives in Eastern province for at least two (2) years.
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How can water utilities provide reliable water to poor people in African cities?

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 targets“universal and equitablwater-www-logo-squarede access to safe and affordable drinking water for all”. However, in Africa’s fast-growing cities, just accessing water is a daily struggle for many poor families. While Africa’s urban population is expected to triple by 2050, the proportion of people with improved water supply has barely grown since 1990, and the share of those with water piped to their premises has declined from 43 percent in 1990 to 33 percent in 2015. Poor families bear the brunt of these inadequacies through poor health, the long time required to collect water, and higher costs when purchasing from on-sellers’

World Bank Board Approves New Environmental and Social Framework

WASHINGTON, August 4, 2016 — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) that expands protections for people and the environment in Bank-financed investment projects. The safeguards review included the most extensive consultation ever conducted by the World Bank. It concludes nearly four years of analysis and engagement around the world with governments, development experts, and civil society groups, reaching nearly 8,000 stakeholders in 63 countries. The framework is part of a far-reaching effort by the World Bank Group to improve development outcomes and streamline its work.

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Innovation Centers Help Developing Countries Capture Climate Change Opportunities

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2016—Climate change presents prodigious challenges to developing countries but also tremendous opportunities. A key part of the World Bank Group’s approach to the global climate change agenda lies in helping these countries cope with the challenges while exploiting the opportunities.

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eConsultant2: Consultant for Tanzania Climate and Carbon Finance Unit

Deadline: 03-Jun-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

The Consultant will assist REA and WBG with the following tasks: Administrative and technical support in the implementation of the Program. Field visits to sub-projects to verify on their implementation status. Gather information and manage database on the program and sub-projects.Support sub-projects in fulfillment of CDM requirements on monitoring and reporting. Search for new sub-projects to be included into the Program.
Any other tasks that may be separately agreed but excluding legal advisory services.

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eConsultant2: Technical assistance to oversee implementation of the early grade reading program in Tonga and policy advice

Deadline: 25-Apr-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank (WB), with funding from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), isnurses-in-tonga providing technical assistance to improve early grade literacy and school readiness in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific under the Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning (PEARL) Programme. Under pillar 1 of PEARL, the World Bank is supporting the Ministry of Education and Training (MET) of Tonga to develop, monitor and evaluate implementation of the early literacy instruction pilot program. The pilot of interventions started at grade 1 during the 2015 school year. The early literacy instruction pilot program is planned for implementation in both grades 1 and 2 in Tonga.

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Guide to Spring Meetings webcasts


Do you want to be a part of  the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group Spring Meetings ?  Watch the webcasts wherever you are!

Below an overview of the planned webcasts for Wednesday, the meetings run until the 17th of April, click here for the full schedule.

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