COVID-19 has put food out of reach for many. Can technology create a more sustainable food system?

The short answer is yes. De-concentration, de-centralization and data are building blocks of a more sustainable food system post-COVID-19. Explore how in this in-depth analysis.

Free masks: A new initiative in the Central African Republic has seen the production of more than two million masks in just two months, looking to generate more than 1.6 million workdays and inject about $17 million into the local economy.

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eC2: Study of desalination challenges and opportunities

Deadline: 20-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) sunrise-phu-quoc-island-ocean.jpg

The objective of the study is to present a comprehensive overview of the desalination efforts carried out in Morocco and desalination plans included in the sector medium and long-term planning documents, and to identify challenges and potential solutions for bringing private-sector to support government efforts to scale-up desalination in the country.

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Global Gas Flaring Jumps to Levels Last Seen in 2009

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2020 — Estimates from satellite data show global gas flaring gasincreased to levels not seen in more than a decade, to 150 billion cubic meters (bcm), equivalent to the total annual gas consumption of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The 3% rise, from 145 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2018 to 150 bcm in 2019, was mainly due to increases in three countries: the United States (up by 23%), Venezuela (up by 16%), and Russia (up by 9%). Gas flaring in fragile or conflict-affected countries increased from 2018 to 2019: in Syria by 35% and in Venezuela by 16%, despite oil production flattening in Syria and declining by 40% in Venezuela.

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Social protection for migrants during the COVID-19 crisis: The right and smart choice

The COVID-19 pandemic and the transmission control measures it has necessitated have migrants_blogabruptly halted the movement of people that characterizes our interconnected world. The implications are enormous for migrants, who rely on working away from home to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Many of them are now in conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. The pandemic is also affecting critical sectors like agriculture where labor shortages are looming.

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eC2: Inland Waterways Strategic Plan for Argentina

Deadline: 12-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water-pollution-cartoon

The purpose of this assignment is to deliver a proposal of an Inland Waterway Strategic Plan (IWSP) for Argentina, addressing the Paraguay-Parana-Uruguay-Rio de la Plata waterway. It will encompass all the technical, economic and institutional aspects, deemed relevant to achieve an efficient operation of the waterway, identifying and exploiting every opportunity for improvement. These topics will include at least the following: the economically convenient draft to be achieved in each section; economically viable interventions aimed at reducing congestion and delays; the proper sizing of the interventions, taking into account future trends regarding the design of the vessels. The IWSPs horizon will be at least the next 20 years, although it may be increased, if both the team and the Task Team Leader agree.

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With COVID-19, the case for sustainable transport is stronger than ever

As cities gradually exit COVID-19 quarantines and reopen their economies, some

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

observers are suggesting that public transport might increase contagion risk and that private cars should be considered the only safe alternative.

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eC2: National Ports Strategic Plan for Argentina

Deadline: 12-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)port-614543_640

The purpose of this assignment is to deliver a proposal of a National Ports Strategic Plan (NPSP) for Argentina, addressing the whole port activity of the country, either under public or private responsibility; emphasis will be on the public owned ports, either if operated directly by government, or granted to the private sector. It will encompass all the technical, economic and institutional aspects, deemed relevant to achieve an efficient operation of the port system, identifying and exploiting every opportunity for improvement. Among such topics, at least the following will be included: the expected evolution of demand (both actual and potential), the present and potential efficiency of port operations, the opportunities for technological improvement, the definition of the optimal draft both in economic and environmental terms, the potential improvement of inland transportation that might increase the ports performance, the required institutional strengthening of the gov

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The role of trade in promoting women’s equality

New trends in global trade—especially the rise in services, global value chains, and the digital economy—are opening up important economic opportunities for women. A new report marks the first major effort to quantify how women are affected by trade through the use of a new gender-disaggregated labor dataset.

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The circular economy can support COVID-19 response and build resilience

eC2: Economist for Water Security Analytical Studies

Deadline:  27-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The Water Security Diagnostics (WSD) team under the Water Global Practice is looking for an economist expert on water security assessment on a short-term consultancy basis. The position will entail providing support to the global team, in addition to teams working on WSD in countries and regions. Solid expertise in the field of water economics is required, particularly in developing contexts and including hydro-economic modelling and political economic analysis. The contract will initially starting out as a 40-day timeframe with the potential for recurring contract limited to 150 days per financial year based on need and performance. Location is flexible and commensurate with identification of best candidate for position.

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