Does the impact of refugees on host communities pass down through generations?

Following decades of violent conflicts in Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and the untitledDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania became home to thousands of refugees seeking shelter.  By the end of 1994, Tanzania— known for its hospitality and open-door policy— was hosting close to 1.3 million refugees in its northwestern region , making it one of the top four refugee-receiving countries in Sub Saharan Africa. The majority of these refugees settled in 13 main camps in the northwestern districts of Karagwe, Ngara, Kasulu, Kigoma and Kibondo.  In some of these districts, refugees outnumbered Tanzanians five to one— making it perhaps the most pronounced forced displacement crisis. By the end of May 1994, the Benaco refugee camp in Ngara district had become the largest in the world.

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eC2: Evaluation of the 2030 Water Resources Group Model & Lessons Learned for Achieving the SDGs

Deadline: 13-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

Launched in 2008, the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) ( aims to help countries facilitate collective action among government, the private sector, and civil society to improve water resources management. 2030 WRG does so by: (a) creating the wider political economy conditions and momentum for change in water sector reform; (b) facilitating collaboration and awareness building within the water resources community, including the private sector; and, (c) improving the design and implementation of a comprehensive and innovative set of policies, programs and projects in selected countries or regions in order to increase their water security.

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World Development Report 2021 – Data for Development

As the new year begins, I am pleased to announce that the World Bank Group’s next 20150224-senegal-farhat-0654World Development Report (WDR) for 2021 will be on Data for Development.

WDR 2021 will be the first WDR report on the role of Data for Development 

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Doing more—and better—for Africa’s food system in the face of climate change

Africa’s food systems are in the throes of a climate crisis.  From devastating droughts in Southern Africa and West Africa to cyclones and flooding in East Africa, extreme weather is threatening crops and livestock and putting millions of Africans at risk for food insecurity. 237 million people suffer from chronic undernutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, a number that rose in 2017, derailing gains that were made in previous years. The message from the headlines is loud and clear: We urgently need to adapt Africa’s agriculture and food system to climate change. And we need to act now. 

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eC2: Wastewater treatment/ Re-cycling PPP in India

Deadline: 14-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Waste water plant

IFC has been approached by an urban local body ( Municipal Corporation) in India to structure a wastewater treatment & recycling project under Public Private Partnership (PPP). The scope of the Project includes i) development of a tertiary treatment plant (TTP) of output capacity of about 125 MLD along with rehabilitation of two existing sewage treatment plants (STPs); ii) development of distribution network for supply to an industrial cluster; and iii) operation & maintenance (O&M) of the rehabilitated STPs, proposed TTP and the distribution network.

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Procurement Framework Education & Learning tools

Mandatory for all lending operations after July 1, 2016, the new Framework emphasizes Bangladeshstory_banner1.pngflexibility, quality, and greater value for public spending, while enabling adaptation to country contexts. It recognizes that countries are looking to be more efficient in their public spending so that they can invest more in basic public services such as education, health and infrastructure services and enrich development outcomes.

The reform is the result of extensive consultations in almost 100 countries and allows greater flexibility for each operation to identify the right procurement approach; an extended range of procurement practices and options; more tailored, context-specific approaches for fragile and conflict-afflicted states; and more hands-on support from Bank staff to help clients in capacity-building and institution-strengthening.

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eC2: Building Regulations for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

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

The objective of this activity is to support the Government of Kerala, India, in strengthening their building regulatory frameworks through conducting a Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment in Kerala and facilitating dialogue with Government counterparts and relevant stakeholders. The assessments will create a baseline for current capacity and gaps in the building regulatory framework across three critical components of building regulatory frameworks. The outputs of these assessments will include in-depth capacity and gap analyses and reform implementation plans for each country, developed in consultation with the Government of Kerala, with recommendations for select aspects of land use, energy efficiency, building and fire code administration. The desired outcome of this engagement is to support critical discussions between public authorities and other relevant stakeholders and provide an analytical basis and recommendations for initiating building regulatory reforms.

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What the world thinks, and why it matters

Ah, to be a scientist or a doctor. Then, you could walk the streets with your head held trust-3.jpghigh! Maybe not so much, if you’re an advertising executive. This, according to a new IPSOS global poll that looks at how different professions are trusted in 23 countries.

Overall, the latest news on trust differs profoundly across constituencies, countries, and the globe; hence, it’s almost impossible to conjure up one narrative about trust. For instance – to say with certainty that trust is up, or down, or just remaining fairly consistent over time, does not allow for enough nuance related to gender, country, and socioeconomic variables. There is also evidence of dramatic differences between decision makers and the general public.

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World Bank Group Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence

Update: Phase 2 consultations are open until January 16, 2020. webpage-teaser2

The World Bank Group has released its draft strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV). The objective of the strategy is to address the drivers of FCV in affected countries and their impact on vulnerable populations, with the ultimate goal of contributing to peace and prosperity. To ensure the strategy benefits from a wide range of inputs, the World Bank Group is undertaking global consultations to inform the strategy’s development.

Timeframe: April 2019 – January 2020

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Building the evidence basis for transport interventions

Over the past three years, the international community has made significant progress to rw-boy-bike-a'melody-lee-wbfill in the knowledge gaps in the transport sector. Most recently, with the release of the Global Roadmap of Action toward Sustainable Mobility (GRA) by Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All), the transport sector now has at its disposal a catalogue of more than 180 policy measures that have been used by countries around the world to progress on sustainable mobility. Because this catalogue was developed as a collaborate enterprise involving the most 55 influential international organizations on the field, we feel confident that it represents the best and most-up-to date knowledge on mobility.

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