Chart: 47 million people are connected to a mini grid

A mini grid is an electric power generation and distribution system that provides electricity to a localized community. Mini grids will be critical in achieving universal electricity access by 2030. According to a new World Bank report “Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers”, mini grids are often the most economically viable solution for remote areas with high population density and demand and where extending the main grid is prohibitively expensive.

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Today, 47 million people are connected to a mini grid.  Afghanistan, Myanmar, India and Nepal have the highest number of mini grids, followed by China, Philippines, Indonesia. Analysis by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) shows that by 2030, nearly half a billion people could be connected to a mini grid. 

Innovative Insurance Program to Boost Natural Disaster Risk Management

WASHINGTON DC, August 15, 2017—A new catastrophe risk insurance program to helpvn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439 the Philippines better respond to losses from climate and disaster risks was launched by the Government of the Philippines, supported by the World Bank (IBRD, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and the U.K. Department for International Development.

The program provides the Philippine peso equivalent of US$206 million in coverage against losses from major typhoons and earthquakes to national government assets, and to 25 participating provinces against losses from major typhoons. Insurance payouts are made when pre-defined parametric triggers are met.

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Report: Global Road Safety Facility

Since its launch in March 2016, as a global road safety fund, the GRSF had focused on GRSP_logo_web_250pxgetting maximum value for the use of its donor funds by making a difference in how we invest in road safety. This is in line with our Strategic Objectives of developing capacity for sustainability in road safety results, promoting a global network of road safety funding, coordination and advocacy mechanisms, and leveraging development bank projects, particularly those of the GRSF host organization, the World Bank.

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eC2: PUBLIC HEALTH CAPACITY BUILDING IN AFRICA – CCDC

Deadline: 13-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

The Government of China intends to further strengthen its support to Sierra Leone in the near future in order to uplift the Countrys public health system, as exemplified by establishing a Western African Center for Tropical Disease Research in the Country. The disease surveillance system assessment and capacity building is one of the key activities, which will make a brand-new start.

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A new role for development banks?

Earlier this month, development banks from around the world took stock of where they infrastructure2stand and where they see their efforts having the greatest impact at a meeting organized by the World Bank and Brazil’s development bank, BNDES.

As the world struggles to find funds to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, development banks can be instrumental in narrowing that gap. They can help to crowd-in the private sector and anchor private-public sector partnerships, particularly for infrastructure financing.

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World Bank Group Announces Record $57 Billion for Sub-Saharan Africa

Funds will scale up investments and de-risk private sector participation for accelerated growth and development

BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 19, 2017— Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a record $57 billion in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years. Kim then left on a trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to emphasize the Bank Group’s support for the entire region.

The bulk of the financing – $45 billion – will come from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries. The financing for Sub-Saharan Africa also will include an estimated $8 billion in private sector investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the Bank Group, and $4 billion in financing from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, its non-concessional public sector arm.

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eC2: Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist

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

The India Senior Water and Sanitation Consultant will work closely with the EWS team to identify opportunities for water related interventions that could be implemented by the private sector. The initial focus will be on Indian cities targeted for sustainable urban development under a parallel Eco-Cities program; these are Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, and Mumbai. However, the STCs scope of work will not be limited to these cities but also include others where viable water management opportunities can be identified. The consultant will report to the EWS Global Water Lead (based in Dhaka) but also work closely with the EWS Regional Lead for South Asia, the Eco-Cities Program Manager, and the New Delhi based Public Private Partnership (PPP) Team to identify potential opportunities in the Indian water sector.

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Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive: Opportunities of EU accession

Deadline: 23-Jan-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)waste water treament

The objective of this study is to assess specific issues in Danube Basin region regarding: (i) implementation, (ii) outcomes; and (iii) sustainability (mostly from the point of view of affordability) of the UWWTD in the Danube Region. While the study will primarily base its assessment in the experience of current EU members countries within the Danube River Basin in the directive implementation, the work is expected to also benefit EU candidates and potential candidate countries from the region (meaning almost all other countries of the region). In this first stage, the study will not seek to answer all of those questions conclusively, but rather to provide sufficient elements needed to initiate an in depth discussion on achievement and appropriateness of UWWT directive implementation in DRB. In parallel, the study will also seek to document specific good practices that might show how to improve implementation efficiency.

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eC2: Cotton-Apparel Value Chain in Kenya

Deadline: 14-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

The consultant will work to look in depth at the cotton-apparel value chain to identify potential obstacles to greater growth. Depending on the location of the main economic activities throughout the value chain, the analysis may focus on specific geographic areas. The selected consultants will be expected to carry out a detailed mapping of the actors in the different links of the value chains. The instruments to be administered by the firm will further cover firm dynamics; costs, productivity, and jobs (scale and skills demanded); and barriers to competitiveness, value chain deepening, and job creation at each stage. In addition, the instruments will cover cross-cutting issues such as the costs of trade, as well as labor market rigidity and costs, and education and skills.
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Climate-Smart Poultry Farming Brings Prosperity to Kenya’s Smallholders

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  • The Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project supports smallholder farmers through new technologies, improved market access and climate-smart agriculture approaches.
  • More than 75% of Kenyans make a living in agriculture.
  • Poultry is recognized for being among the “greenest” meats, using up less resources and emitting less greenhouse gases than larger livestock.

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