eC2: Healing Land for the Future (Healand) Project

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

The objectives of this assignment are to:
1)Carry out site investigation and risk assessment for the 100 ha zone of the KEK site described above, proposing remediation goals in line with the future land use
2)Prepare a remediation and redevelopment plan for the KEK 100 ha site
3)Prepare an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the KEK 100 ha site
4)Stakeholder Consultations
5)Prepare site information report of the other two sites

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Now is the time to invest in South Asia’s future

A few years ago, Binita Biswokarma’s life took a sharp turn for the worse.35161860665_6f3a2b1999_k.jpg

With no skills, relatives, or farmland, the young woman from Kaski, a rural district in West Nepal, struggled to provide for her son’s education, buy food and necessities, let alone repair the roof of her home.

Then came an opportunity to work as a road maintenance worker—and find a way out of poverty.

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Introducing Expert Answers: A new video series from the World Bank Group

Here at the World Bank we’re about to launch a brand new video series. It’s called Expert Answers and you’ll be able to watch the first episode on November 14th on LinkedIn and YouTube.   We’re still busy filming interviews and writing scripts but as we reach the final countdown I thought I’d try to answer a few questions you as the audience might already have: Why are we doing this? What can you expect? Where can you watch? Is it for you?

Which countries reduced poverty rates the most?

One of the goals of the World Bank Group is to reduce extreme poverty—defined as indexliving on less than $1.90 per day in 2011 PPP—to less than 3% by 2030. We know that the world has seen tremendous progress in reducing extreme poverty since 1990. So, where in the world has poverty reduction been most successful?

The graph below shows 15 countries that experienced the largest annual average percentage point declines in extreme poverty rate between about 2000 and 2015, out of the 114 countries for which we can measure poverty in a comparable way over this period.

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eC2: Energy Sector Baseline Study in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei area of Turkana County, Kenya Under the Dutch Partnership for Improved Prospects

Deadline: 04-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)India Energy

To support the entry of private energy firms to the Kakuma-Kalobeyei area as part of the KKCF, it is imperative that market-oriented data be available and packaged appropriately to make the commercial case for energy solutions for mini-grids, SHS, cooking, and productive use. In addition to making the commercial case, the practical steps toward entry of a private firm to the area should also be addressed (how to access land, what role would RAS or UNHCR play, if any, etc.). The assessment will cover Kakuma Town and Kakuma Camp, Kalobeyei Town and Kalobeyei Settlement. More specifically, the work conducted on mini-grid, SHS and productive use will cover Kakuma Camp and Town while the work on energy for cooking will cover both Kakuma Camp and Town and Kalobeyei Settlement and Town.

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How policy uncertainty hurt world trade in 2019

In a decade of miserable trade growth, 2019 is set to make the record books for all the policy_uncertainty_cargo2wrong reasons.  Since the Great Recession, trade growth hovered around 3 percent per year, down from the 7 percent growth rates for the two decades preceding the crisis. This year world trade is expected to grow slightly above 1 percent. We find that policy uncertainty might account for almost half of the slowdown of world trade growth in 2019.

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Ending Learning Poverty: A Target to Galvanize Action on Literacy

At a school in Malawi, students are enjoying play time at recess. Unfortunately, joy-2019sometimes recess lasts all day because the teacher doesn’t come to work.

In a classroom in Armenia, students are receiving grades for their ability to repeat memorized text, with textbooks dominating the learning process rather than teacher instruction and innovation, leaving graduates unprepared for a competitive work environment.

In Bangladesh, despite improving enrollment rates, girls are still not learning as much as boys, and dropout rates are high – with lost years in schooling being attributed to child marriage, household responsibilities and other factors.

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The real costs of illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade: $1 trillion–$2 trillion per year

Illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade rob the world of precious natural resources – original_ww174946and ultimately of development benefits and livelihoods.  The statistics are grim: an elephant is poached for its tusks about every 30 minutes, an African rhino for its horn every 8 hours, one in five fish is caught illegally, and in certain countries, particularly in Africa and South America, 50% to 90% of timber is harvested and traded illegally.  As much as 35% of the value of all illegal trade is estimated to come from rosewood.

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eC2: Sector Impact Assessment of Subnational Infrastructure Investments in Indonesia

Deadline: 13-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

Consultant firm to provide support to the World Bank team in conducting the detailed regional impact analysis for several projects financed through RIDF and/or municipal bonds. The consultant firm will also prepare a guidance note on the analysis and conduct series of trainings to the relevant stakeholders.

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eC2: Development of national approaches for assessment of hydromorphological status of Surface Water Bodies and of national methodology for identification and designation of Heavily Modified Water Bodies

Deadline: 12-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)RotterdamWaterPlein_klein

The assignment aims at filling the encountered gaps in terms of methodical base, qualitative and quantitative data for hydromorphological quality elements (HMQE), required for the assessment of the ecological status of surface water bodies (SWBs) and potential of Heavily Modified Water Bodies (HMWB) and Artificial Water Bodies (AWBs), in compliance with the WFD and most recent good practices and CIS guidance documents. The procedures are mandatory for achieving the objectives of Directive 2000/60/EC and the obligations of Bulgaria as a MS with respect to the EU water policy. The results have to provide the missing and further develop the existing methodical basis, which should regulate and guide the identification and designation of HMWBs & AWBs, the execution of further field works and monitoring programs, the interpretation of the results for HMQEs and the following assessment of the hydromorphological status of SWBs of category rivers, lakes and transitional waters as supporting the overall ecological status assessment.

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