Health Technology and the World Bank Group

On October 11, at the Human Capital Summit 2018 Philips CEO Frans van Houten co-Wordmarksigned an open letter, to the world community highlighting the need for greater investment in human capital – the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives – through better nutrition, health care, education, jobs and skills. The publication of the open letter coincided with the launch of the World Bank Group’s Human Capital Index – a simple but effective metric for human capital outcomes such as child survival, early hard wiring of children for success, student learning, and adult health. Philips has made a commitment to improve the lives of 3 billion people by 2030. We are working with the World Bank Group (among others) to reach this goal.

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eC2: Market Study for Thailand: Private-Sector Plastics Circularity Opportunities

Deadline: 25-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) eu-plastic-regels-2019

Engage with targeted plastic value chains and private sector players in Thailand and understand the market drivers and challenges in scaling up circular economy approaches;  Review local regulations and benchmark with applicable best practices to identify opportunities as well as gaps that could be limiting broader adoption of plastics circularity; Define the current state-of-play for the local waste plastics recycling industry, including demand and supply volumes, market opportunity, and growth drivers and constraints; and Summarize key findings based on the private-sector focused plastic value chain and recycling market analysis and recommend priority actions.
This in-depth study should analyse current and near-term market opportunities and challenges for private-sector participation in Thailand based on a combination of market analytics, scenario analyses, and reasonable assumptions to address key data gaps.

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eC2: Creating an Enabling Environment for Private Sector Investment in Agriculture and Aquaculture in the Mekong Delta

Deadline: 23-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

The aim is to assist with informing efforts to promote greater private sector investment in the Mekong Delta region. The work includes: A: SCOPING:
i. Classifying the domestic private firms operating in the Mekong Delta;
ii. Conduct rapid review of ongoing support for the different groups of domestic private firms;  iii. Identify three global value chains (GVCs) that domestic firms could link with;
B. SITUATION ASSESSMENT
Conduct a situation assessment of:  i. Opportunities / challenges for the different segments of domestic firms independent of GVCs; ii. Opportunities / challenges for the relevant segments of domestic firms if they aim to join one or more of the three GVCs and rank these; iii. Map opportunities/challenges faced by domestic firms (independent of GVCs) and to join the three GVCs and existing support (domestic and international).
C: PATHWAY FOR STRENGTHENING LINKAGES ACROSS SEGMENTS OF THE VALUE CHAIN D: ROADMAP FOR AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT (CENTRAL & PROVINCE)

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Making infrastructure work for both women and men

Despite decades of progress, the global infrastructure gap is still significant: around untitled940m people live without electricity, 2.2bn lack safely managed water, 4.2bn lack safely managed sanitation facilities and 1bn live more than 2 km away from an all-season road.

This gap has a different meaning for women: infrastructure is not gender-neutral. The gaps in access to good infrastructure—and how it is designed, built and run—affects men and women differently.  For instance, it is well documented that women are responsible for obtaining water for domestic use in most countries, which has a big impact on how they spend their time. In Niger, the average time women and girls spend fetching water adds up to 13 days a year. Lack of access to electricity results in household drudgery for women, due to lack of lighting, electric water pumps and refrigeration. 

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eC2: National groundwater quality survey and abstraction estimate

Deadline: 24-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The specific objective of this assignment is to support the elaboration of the next River Basin Management Plans with the implementation of a series of field works over the groundwater bodies not being in good quantitative or chemical status and the groundwater bodies at risk not being in good status. The said field work is aiming at: 1) estimating the number of boreholes tapping each groundwater body and estimating the average pumping yields per usage, both data being necessary for estimating the total pumped yield per groundwater body; and 2) providing a series of groundwater quality analysis be used as a first countrywide groundwater sampling which might be used, in complement with every existing groundwater quantity results, to support the implementation of a state of the art quality monitoring network.

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eC2: Estimating GHG Impact from Food Losses

Deadline: 23-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) food_waste_garbage

IFC developed an easy to use excel based tool/calculator that that can quickly and conservatively estimate the GHG emissions associated with wasting a ton of agricultural produce. The purpose of this task is to further develop this platform by adding more countries, more crops, and a baseline for crop losses in the different developing countries under consideration. This can help identify and promote investments that would reduce agricultural food losses and associated GHG emissions.

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Is education ready to work in data-intensive environments?

What do initiatives such as personalized and adaptive learning, chatbots for education, untitled.pngautomatic translators or the use of predictive learning analytics have in common? All of them are components of a ‘data-driven education’.

In many countries, there is a clear interest in expanding the role of digital technologies in education, which inevitably is leading towards more data-intensive educational systems. With the growing interest for adaptive intelligent tutoring systems offering natural language interactiontools for predicting school dropout or new automated systems to boost student recruitment, it is likely that the importance of data-intensive technologies for education will increase in the years to come.

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The World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group is Hiring

I can hear you saying, “Well, the Bank’s research department is hiring every year, what’s indexthe difference and why are you yelling about it here?” You have a point – let me explain…

It is true that we are on the job market hiring every year, but this year is a bit different. First, we will be in the market to hire a significant number of researchers. While it is not prudent to give an exact number, I can say that we will be shortlisting and interviewing a substantially larger number of candidates at the AEA meetings in San Diego than we have in recent years.

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In South Asia, the case for road safety investment is stronger than ever

The global road safety crisis has reached epidemic proportions. Every year, according to in-hyderabad-traffic-nietnagel-flickr.jpgthe World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, some 1.35 million people lose their lives on the road , and millions more sustain serious injuries that often result in permanent disability.

Despite growing awareness, the numbers keep creeping up. The situation is particularly alarming in low and middle-income countries, where economic growth has boosted vehicle ownership and road construction, but road safety action hasn’t kept pace.

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As South Asia’s heat rises, living standards decline

This summer, at 42.6°C, July 25 was the hottest day ever in Paris. Halfway across the shutterstock_287040998globe, Delhi recorded its hottest day at 48°C on June 10.

Over the past decades and across the planet, such high temperature extremes have become more prevalent—and will likely get worse as severe heatwaves are expected to be more frequent and last longer. 

South Asia, which covers just about three percent of the world’s land area, is home to a quarter of its population.

And sadly, rising temperatures will hit hard the region and its people.

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