World Bank data infrastructure: shortening the path from data to insights

Data is not valuable in a vacuum. Data is only valuable once information, insight or in data_infrastructure_visualother words knowledge is extracted from it and is used to make decisions, shape policies, and change behaviors.

Data scientists, analysts, and researchers spend a significant amount of time and effort extracting knowledge from data and communicating it. Because extracting knowledge from data can be expensive, it is important to find ways to reduce its cost. A robust and well-designed data infrastructure can contribute to this cost reduction by smoothing the frictions involved with data analytics projects: storing, searching, accessing, understanding, cleaning, transforming, analyzing, and visualizing data. Lowering that cost can go a long way toward increasing data use and knowledge production.

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eC2: End-of-Term Review of IFC Agribusiness Program Indonesia

Deadline: 13-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The IFC Indonesia Agribusiness Program (the program) aims to promote inclusive and sustainable rural growth in Indonesia. It does this through the following three objectives: (i) Increase the income of smallholder farmers from sustainable agricultural production; (ii) Increase gender-responsive investments in agriculture and rural communities; and (iii) Increase demand for sustainably produced agricultural commodities.

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eC2: Mpatamanga Hydropower Environmental and Social Specialist Advisor

Deadline: 10-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) HYDRO

The Government of Malawi (GoM), acting through its Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy, and Mining (MoNREM) requires the technical services of an Environmental and Social Consultant firm or consortium of firms / experts (Consultant) to complete the Environmental and Social Impact assessment process, and deliver a Final ESIA report, including the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for the 350 megawatt (MW) hydropower project (HPP) at Mpatamanga Gorge on the Shire River in southern Malawi.

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How to rekindle productivity growth, in five charts

There has been a broad-based slowdown in productivity growth since the global untitledfinancial crisis, affecting the majority of advanced economies and emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs).  Productivity growth is the primary source of lasting income growth, which in turn is the main driver of poverty reduction. Whereas the one-quarter of emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) with the fastest productivity growth have reduced their extreme poverty rates by an average of more than 1 percentage point per year since 1981, poverty rates rose in EMDEs with productivity growth in the lowest quartile. The broad-based slowdown in labor productivity growth over the past decade has raised concerns about progress in achieving development goals.

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eC2: Digital Financial Services and the Digitization of Agricultural Value Chains

Deadline: 10-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The objective of this study is to perform an in-depth assessment of the current state and potential of digital financial services in Iraq to better understand the opportunities for digitization of financial transactions in the country. This study will additionally provide detailed insights into opportunities for digitization of financial transactions in the agricultural value chains and improving agri-finance.

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eC2: Advisory Services to the Indonesia Coastal Fisheries Initiative

Deadline: 10-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

The objective of this consultancy is to identify: (1) main barriers a) for the participation of the private sector in sustainable fisheries and b) for the establishment of community private sector partnerships around sustainable fisheries; (2) advise on ways to address these barriers; and (3) present a concrete business case of return-seeking responsible investments in a specific target fishery, that incorporates the advice above, and thus informs understanding of fisheries investment risks and opportunities.

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Jobs, Skills, and the Potential of AI in Kenya

One of the advantages of artificial intelligence (AI) is that it can help us carry out tasks untitledfaster and with fewer errors than humans. I wanted to test this on analyzing labor market demand and skills gaps. So, earlier this year, I partnered with Headai, a Finnish company, to apply an AI-enabled labor market assessment tool in Kenya.  We used the tool to analyze: (a) online job advertisements from select online job portals in Kenya and (b) computer science curricula from the University of Nairobi and Moi University to identify the gaps between what the labor market is looking for and what the university curriculum is providing.

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eC2: Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ programme (GCFRP)

Deadline: 06-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

A reputable Ghanaian non-governmental organization (NGO)/firm, with significant experience and expertise working on community-based natural resource management (e.g. CREMA and HIA) and established presence in the GCFRP landscape will be contracted to work in direct collaboration to with the National REDD+ Secretariat to:
1) bring together the existing plans, knowledge, processes, structures and learning on the implementation of HIAs (including governance structures and consortiums); and then
2) use this information in 2 target HIAs to support the development of governance structures (e.g. CREMA, Sub-HIA, HIA, and Consortium), leading to the signing of Framework Agreements in partnership with the private sector and government.

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