Views from Silicon Valley: Helping client countries keep up with changing technology

It is time to tell you a secret my friends. I am a girl who codes. Before joining the Worldsilicon_valley Bank, I was fluent in ASCII, developing systems and applications to make it easier to get things done.

Nearly 20 years after writing my first lines of code, I stepped onto the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, representing the World Bank Governance Global Practice and the GovTech Global Partnership task team. Along with a delegation representing leadership across the Bank, we visited Redmond and Silicon Valley to meet with some of the top players in Big Tech.

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Competition and the rise of the machines: Should the AI industry be regulated?

A multinational conglomerate uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to gather untitled.pngintelligence about the news you peruse, social media activity, and shopping preferences. They choose the ads you passively consume on your newsfeed and throughout your social media accounts, your internet searches, and even the music you hear, creating an incrementally increasingly customized version of reality specifically for you. Your days are subtly influenced by marketers, behavioral scientists, and mathematicians armed with cloud supercomputers. All of this is done in the name of maximizing profit to influence what you’re thinking, buying, and whom you will be electing…

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eC2: Piloting sensor driven IOT based precision irrigation technology in Rice Wheat farming system

Deadline: 05-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

Hiring a commercial firm for design, development and implementation in Punjab.
The firm should provide services by installing suitable equipments for:
1. measuring standing water level in rice crop using suitable sensor and to measure moisture content of soil using soil suction sensors for all crops; and subsequently to determine irrigation schedule (both timing and quantity of irrigation) using algorithms;
2. Mobile based pump control system and a decision support system to implement irrigation scheduling and monitor the pump operation remotely using mobile.
3. Monitor the groundwater levels, power consumption, pump operating hours and volume of water extracted using automatic instruments.
4. Provide cloud based application, mobile apps, training modules and videos for dissemination to the farmers.

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eC2: GAP ASSESSMENT ON LAND USE PLANNING AND CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES FOR GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS ENGAGED IN INTEGRATED LAND USE PLAN & POLICY DEVELOPMENT IN ETHIOPIA

Deadline: 24-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Land-Conference-2017.jpg

The Government of Ethiopia has embarked on the formulation of National Integrated Land Use Planning and Policy (NILUPP) development with an overall objective to strengthen the rational utilization of natural resources in Ethiopia. This will be achieved through enacting effective land use policy framework, preparing and implementing an integrated land use plan, providing capacity building for land use professionals, and improving knowledge and information-sharing among the stakeholders.

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Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy 2018

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  • RISE 2018 charts global progress on sustainable energy policies and shows that policies matter – they are a leading indicator and building block of the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
  • The report finds that the world has seen a huge uptake in sustainable energy policies. However, progress is still far from where it needs to be for the world to reach global climate goals and the Sustainable Development Goal on Energy (SDG7).
  • RISE 2018 rates 133 countries from 2010-17 on electricity access, renewable energy, energy efficiency and access to clean cooking to provide useful data to policymakers and help the private sector make informed decisions about investing in energy projects

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Wastewater treatment: A critical component of a circular economy

Repost of most read water World Bank blog post of 2018 infographic_crop

The 8th World Water Forum was held in Brazil a few days ago. What’s ironic is that the more than nine thousand of us attending this Forum were discussing water-related issues in a city of three million grappling with a severe water shortage. After checking in at my hotel, the first thing I found in my room was a notice from the Government informing guests of this crisis and recommending ways to reduce water use. We recently learned of the predicament in Cape Town, South Africa, which was on the verge of running out of this essential liquid—a plight facing many cities around the world.

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Strategic Health Purchasing for Universal Health Coverage in Indonesia Phase 2 Strategic Health Purchasing for Priority Programs

Deadline: 24-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Support for Strategic Purchasing in Priority Programs (Phase 2, 2018-2019)is a continuation of the Phase 1 ‘Strategic Health Purchasing Technical Support’ (2016-2018)which was focusing on functional and regulatory review of strategic purchasing under JKN. Phase 2 will implement the strategic health purchasing based on findings from Phase 1, including identify options for improving purchasing and provider payment arrangements through a facilitated participatory technical working group (TWG) process for TB and Maternal Health, institutionalize capacity for budget impact analysis in BPJS and or P2JK -MOH to routinely assess the potential impact of alternative provider payment options on JKN expenditures and sustainability; and design options for a routine monitoring system for BPJS, MOH especially P2JK-MOH and other stakeholders to effectively monitor budget and service delivery impacts of provider payment arrangements for the national priority programs,namely TB and MNH service delivery
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eC2:Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction Coordination, Planning and Policy Advisory Capacity of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Deadline:  22-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The overall objective of this assignment is to contribute to disaster risk management related research and policy advice in support of ECCAS as well as capacity enhancement interventions to benefit ECCAS Member States and key stakeholders like media, academia, civil society organizations, NGOs and the private sector to better contribute in the implementation of DRR activities in Central Africa.

More specifically, the assignment has three main objectives:
(i) Provide policy research related to disaster risk management, with particular emphasis on flood risk management, in the ECCAS region;
(ii) Facilitate South-South knowledge exchange and best practices sharing on DRM.
(iii) Facilitate DRR training and capacity enhancement for the ECCAS Secretariat and experts from Member States related to disaster risk management.

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DRIVE co-finances the installation of water connections in northeastern Mozambique

Under the DRIVE scheme, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) will co-finance theDRIVE-schenkingsarrangement-Mozambique-header.jpg construction of a water treatment plant, water pipelines, water reservoirs and pumping stations near Nacala in northeastern Mozambique together with the World Bank. The drinking water company FIPAG is responsible for implementing the project.

On 30 November 2018, the Mozambique Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources João Osvaldo Machatine and the Dutch deputy ambassador Michiel van der Pompe signed a DRIVE grant arrangement amounting to €21,605,000. The World Bank will contribute the same of amount of financing to the project, which will be completed in approximately three years.

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eC2: Technical Advisory Services on Universally Accessible Infrastructure Design – Vietnam Scaling up Urban Upgrading Project

Deadline: 21-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vietnam

This assignment aims to provide capacity building support and technical assistance to seven participating cities in the Mekong Delta under World Bank SUUP Project to incorporate universal accessibility to urban planning and infrastructure design. There are three main tasks: 1) Provision of advisory services on detailed design for universally accessible infrastructure (provide recommendations for each subtype of infrastructure), 2)Preparation of design guidelines to incorporate universally accessible infrastructure principles and design and 3) Provision of training on universally accessible infrastructure principles and design. Supporting tasks include a rapid review of Vietnamese legal and regulatory framework on universally accessible infrastructure design and development, assessing baseline and needs in the cities and sharing global experiences on universal accessibility. The duration of the assignment is for 12 months.

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