eC2: DEVELOPING AN INFRASTRUCTURE AND PPP SCREENING TOOL FOR INDONESIA

PPPsDeadline: 11-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: SCOPE OF WORK: Under this consultancy work, a Multi-Sector Screening and Prioritization Tool for proposed infrastructure projects (from the 19 infrastructure sectors as defined in Perpres 38/2015), will be developed for the Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS).

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Making Sand into Gold

dubai_property_landscapeThose of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is one of the most vibrant international cities in the world. All this happened in a relatively short time span.

Behind this impressive development, there was leadership, a vision that was converted into laws and policies, institutional reforms, and human resources development that made it possible. At the center of it all, was land and real estate policies. The Dubai Land Department is one of the best in the World. According to the World Bank Doing Business Report, Dubai ranks No. 10 in the world in registering properties, which far exceeds the ranking of many of the developed economies.

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Unlocking Women’s Potential in Sri Lanka’s Labor Force

SriLanka-SocialMedia-7803Pushpa drops her youngest son off at the day care centre at St. Theresa’s Church in Thimbirigasaya every day. The 37-year-old then heads to work as a maid. There are days when this routine becomes impossible. If her child is feverish, for instance, the day care won’t accept him because he may infect the other children.

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eC2: SERBIA NATIONAL DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN (NDRMP): FLOOD RISK MAPPING

Deadline: 04-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Rural Infra in Cambodia

Objective: The objective of Component 2 on Disaster Risk Identification and Monitoring within the Programmatic Approach is to support the Government of Serbia, in particular the Serbian water sector institutions under the Ministry of Agriculture, in generating actionable flood risk information and to strengthen (flood) risk assessment methodologies. Serbia completed a preliminary flood risk assessment in 2011 and defined 99 flood prone areas throughout the country. Following this, 25 out of those 99 flood prone areas were mapped during the Study of Flood Prone Areas in Serbia (SoFPAS) project finalized in 2012.

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Addressing Climate Change: Why Forests Matter?

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  • Over 100 countries included actions related to land-use change and forests in their nationally determined contributions to fight climate change
  • The World Bank is supporting countries in their efforts to harness the potential of forests to reduce poverty, better integrate forests into their economies, and protect and strengthen the environmental role they play
  • Forest-focused initiatives in China, Mexico and Mozambique are showing positive results, but more is needed to accelerate climate action and deliver on the Paris Agreement

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Swallowed by the Sea…Where coastal infrastructure and jobs meet climate change

Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations.

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I was recently in West Africa to witness the effects of coastal erosion. To understand what’s going on, we took a three-country road trip, traveling from Benin’s capital Cotonou, along the coast to Lomé in Togo and then to Keta and Accra in Ghana. These three countries, among the hardest hit by coastal erosion, offer a snapshot of what is happening along the rest of the coast, from Mauritania, via Senegal to Nigeria. 

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World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020

K8860_pdfClimate change poses an enormous challenge to development. By 2050, the world will have to feed 9 billion people, extend housing and services to 2 billion new urban residents, and provide universal access to affordable energy, and do so while bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions to a level that make a sustainable future possible. At the same time, floods, droughts, sea-level rise, threats to water and food security and the frequency of natural disasters will intensify, threatening to push 100 million more people into poverty in the next 15 years alone.

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eC2: Executive Education: Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance

Deadline: 30-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

Objective: The objective is to develop a 4-day modular capacity building program on Disaster Risk Financing(DRF)to enhance understanding of DRF strategies and instruments for protection from natural disasters, embedded in the broader Disaster Risk Management and fiscal risk management frameworks, and build the skills of stakeholders to design and implement such strategies.

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Insights: How Do Policymakers Learn and Adapt Today?

Deadline: 26-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The goal of this work is to re-assess and update CGAPs understanding of how policymakers in low capacity and low income countries take in information and knowledge that helps them perform and adapt. This work would help CGAP and its partners re-affirm and/or update our assumptions about how regulators, supervisorspolitics and other policy-makers build their capacity and how organizations supporting capacity building can or should reach this audience. The task would be to undertake a well-constructed perspective gathering exercise through needs analysis of a carefully selected group of policymakers representing different regional, hierarchical and demographic profiles that reflect well CGAPs and its partners target audience(s) in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, South Asia and East Asia. This perspective gathering conducted through desk research, surveys, interviews and the like would be further complemented by insights collected from a range of partners and other stakeholders.

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Commodity prices likely to rise further in 2018: World Bank

CMO2017c_PR_table01Oil prices to average $56 a barrel in 2018, up from 2017 average of $53/bbl

WASHINGTON, October 26 – Oil prices are forecast to rise to $56 a barrel in 2018 from $53 this year as a result of steadily growing demand, agreed production cuts among oil exporters and stabilizing U.S. shale oil production, while the surge in metals prices is expected to level off next year, the World Bank said on Thursday.

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