Gender equality: Unleashing the real wealth of nations

Last week, we launched the Women, Business, and the Law report, which found that annettedespite the considerable progress that many countries have made in improving women’s legal rights over the last decade, women are still only accorded 75 percent of the legal rights that men, on average, are given. As a result, they are less able to get jobs, start businesses and make economic decisions, with economic consequences that reverberate beyond their families and communities.

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The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

Over the past decade, the practice of disaster risk management (DRM) has evolved and sustainable_communities_v2-200-lowmatured.  From mainly focusing on disaster response, local and international actors alike now emphasize the importance of preparedness and prevention – saving lives and avoiding losses even before disaster strikes.

Yet despite this progress, there’s much more work to be done to ensure that DRM efforts respond to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls.  In no small part due to gender inequalities, women are both more vulnerable to natural hazards and less likely to benefit from relief and recovery efforts than men.

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eC2: Consultancy to inform strategy and business plan for the African Medicines Agency (AMA)

Deadline: 28-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

1. Develop a strategic plan for AMA that defines AMAs strategic direction (strategic objectives) and operating model over a 5-year period that includes the transition of AMRH activities, structures, and governance into AMA.
2. Develop a business plan for AMA that defines how operations will be executed in an efficient and effective way, including the creation of a sound program management approach to deliver the plan.
3. Pressure-test the proposed criteria for both the basket of products to be evaluated and the services to be offered by AMA
4. Develop a fee-for-service model that supports the guidance development and product oversight functions of AMA linked to a solid value proposition that makes the AMA case compelling for industry and product developers and embeds predictability of processes, transparency, and accountability
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eC2: Sanitation Situation Analysis and Option Assessment

Deadline: 26-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) waterkraan-nieuws-header

The objective of this assignment is to conduct a comprehensive sanitation situation assessment including current practice, current capacity of sanitation actors, current interventions, barriers/aspirations with regard to sanitation issues in targeted areas. Specific objectives of this assignment are to:
1- Conduct sanitation situational analysis in areas where water supply systems will be developed under WaSSIP. The situation analysis consists of detailed demographical information/data, populations, socio-economic conditions, potential development trends, and current sanitation and hygiene challenges and interventions.
2- Carry out the gap analysis and developments across the locations in order to give some indication on the priority sanitation interventions that would be needed.
3- Carry out preliminary technical and financial assessment of proposed sanitation solution options (including soft and/or hard intervention) in accordance with the findings of situational analysis.

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eC2: Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Africa Knowledge Symposium

Deadline: 23-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

Under the aegis of the European Union-funded Africa Disaster Risk Finance (ADRF) Program, this Knowledge Symposium would be part of a portfolio of activities and initiatives to meet the overall objectives of the program which are: 1) to support the development of multi-risk financing strategies at regional, national and local levels to help African countries make informed decisions, 2) to improve financial response capacity post disaster, and 3) to mitigate the socio-economic, fiscal and financial impacts of disasters of African countries.

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Every day is Women’s Day for IDA

At the World Bank, we believe no country, community, or economy can achieve its afghanistan-school-gender-girls.jpg potential or meet the challenges of the 21st century without the full and equal participation of women and men, girls and boys. This is particularly true in developing countries supported by the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank that supports the poorest countries.

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Spring Meetings, April 12-14

The 2019 Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and SM19_Logo_ENGthe International Monetary Fund will be convened in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, and will close on Sunday, April 14. The Spring Meetings will feature the joint World Bank Group/IMF Development Committee and the IMF International Monetary and Financial Committee plenary sessions, which discuss progress on the work of the institutions. Other events begin on Monday, April 8, such as seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets. ​

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Recap: Compliance Event

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the World Bank Group held a joint event on

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Compliance and Integrity on February 1st, 2019 in The Hague. The event focused on taking a practical approach and shedding some light on specific issues and questions. The World Bank explained the major do’s and don’ts when working with the Bank and what it means to be under investigation.

The event was well attended and well received by the audience which comprised mainly of the Dutch private sector. The insights and openness of the participants helped the audience understand the issues that arise and more importantly how to proceed in those cases.

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