Applications open for third round of funding for collaborative data innovation projects

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the World Bank uganda-cncDevelopment Data Group are pleased to announce that applications are now open for a third round of support for innovative collaborations for data production, dissemination, and use. This follows two previous rounds of funding awarded in 2017 and earlier in 2018.

This initiative is supported by the World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) with financing from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Korea and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

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What will be the future of work?

Do you wonder if the good fortune and opportunities that you’ve enjoyed in your wdr_2019_coverprofessional life will be available to your children, and to their children? At a time of strong global economic growth, it may seem paradoxical that we face an existential crisis around the future of work. But the pace of innovation is accelerating, and the jobs of the future – in a few months or a few years – will require specific, complex skills. Human capital will become an ever more valuable resource.

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The Race for Universal Energy Access Speeds Up

STORY HIGHLIGHTS energy

  • A billion people still live without electricity, but certain countries are starting to adopt new approaches to expand electricity services – reaching millions of people in the past few years.
  • The number of people gaining access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa has begun to outstrip population growth for the first time. In South Asia, progress has been even faster.
  • Much more work will be needed to achieve universal electrification by 2030, as called for in SDG7. The World Bank is significantly ramping up financing for energy access programs, with support for mini-grid and off-grid projects growing the fastest.

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eC2:Assessing impact of climate change on Kenya’s coastal assets, and identifying adaptation and mitigation measures

climateDeadline: 24-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the consultancy services is to assess existing and projected impact of climate change on Kenya’s coastal assets that are critical for the livelihoods of coastal communities, with specific focus on marine fisheries, and develop a coastal ecosystem and community risk management framework. The consultancy will comprise a desktop component complemented by targeted field-based work, and include data collection and analysis, both geographically and thematically.

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eC2: Value for Money analysis of the GEF supported Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+ projects

Deadline: 25-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Survey

The Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF IEO) is requesting Expressions of Interest (Eol) from suitable national and/or international consulting firms and/or institutions to assist the Office in Value for Money (VfM) analysis of GEF supported Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+ projects.

From an evaluation standpoint, the VfM analysis will help examine the impact, efficiency and effectiveness of GEF support to SFM and REDD+ projects. The findings will show the cost and benefits of SFM interventions to generate multiple environmental benefits. The study will also highlight the environmental and socio-economic factors that affect the outcome of SFM interventions. The lessons from this VfM analysis will also help understand some of the challenges for monitoring and measuring environmental and socio-economic benefits as well as potential tradeoffs at landscape scales.

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Mogadishu’s first tech hub

1_BkBrs2NfHlP53xw7ZfQ0PwSomalia’s capital city of Mogadishu is defined by a complex mix of challenges and opportunities. Despite political and economic struggles, Somalis are innovating to break the chronic cycle of vulnerability. Supported in many cases by the international Somali diaspora, people in Mogadishu are using technology to solve problems and tap into new markets.

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eC2: Capacity Building and Risk Transfer Pilot in Nigeria

Deadline: 23-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) ml-can-a-nation-build-its-future-if-it-cannot-feed-its-children-five-policy-actions-to-transform-crop-and-livestock-farming-in-mali-780x439

A Risk Transfer Pilot Project is a project that develops and issues at least one distinct index-based insurance product for various crops for one or more clients in Nigeria. Risk Transfer Pilot Projects involve activities with the overall outcome being to provide customers with effective financial protection against defined weather and natural catastrophe risks that impinge upon their livelihoods. The capacity building component mainly involves putting in place internal structures and relevant teams within a private insurance company to develop and manage key index insurance product processes (hazard data collection, product design, evaluation, pricing, market analysis, value of insurance analysis, etc.). It also includes the delivery of general education and awareness-raising on the benefits of index insurance for mitigating climate risks and unlocking investment potential and income-generation for farmers.  Continue reading

New country classifications by income level: 2018-2019

World Bank buildingUpdated country income classifications for the World Bank’s 2019 fiscal year are available here.

The World Bank assigns the world’s economies into four income groups — high, upper-middle, lower-middle, and low. We base this assignment on GNI per capita calculated using the Atlas method. The units for this measure and for the thresholds is current US Dollars.

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After disasters hit, how countries and communities can build back better

asset_3Disaster losses disproportionately affect poor people, according to the 2017 “Unbreakable” report. The Caribbean Hurricane season of 2017 was a tragic illustration of this.

Not one, but two Category 5 hurricanes wreaked destruction on numerous small islands, causing severe damages on islands like Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Martin. The human cost of these disasters was immense, and the impact of this devastation was felt most strongly by poorer communities in the path of the storms.

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Gains in Financial Inclusion, Gains for a Sustainable World

images.jpgMary Banda in Zambia runs a small restaurant in one of Lusaka’s oldest markets. Before she learned that financial services could make the way she did business easier, her profits were low. But today, her profits have increased, both because she banks her money and because she uses mobile money transfer services.

Using financial services has simplified managing her business and increased profits. And business proceeds now pay her children’s school fees.

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