Investing in Africa’s people yields impact, strengthens efforts to beat pandemic

The pandemic is an important reminder of how precious and productive an investment human capital is. One year after the launch of the World Bank’s Africa Human Capital Plan, there has not only been a significant scale-up, but also a shift in World Bank support to African countries.

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eC2: Myanmar electric cooking market analysis

Deadline:  09-Jul-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) cookstoves

The objective of the consultancy is to assess market opportunities and challenges for the adoption of efficient electric cooking in Myanmar. The activity will take stock of the inventory of electric cooking appliances in Myanmar and Southeast Asia for grid and off-grid technologies taking into consideration the customer profile, willingness to pay and local cooking characteristics and assess challenges and opportunities for market development. The assignment will include the assessment of policy and regulatory environment for efficient electric cooking development, demand and supply side analysis, and recommend an inventory of efficient cooking appliances suitable for grid and mini-grid in Myanmar and business models to meet local demand.

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June 18, 2020: Ending racism

I would like to share publicly my thoughts on racism and the horrific events of the last 061820_banner_installation_endracism_wbg_mc_556_ffew weeks. I’m aided in this by the deeply emotional and thoughtful dialogue taking place within the World Bank Group, including powerful blogs, messages, conversations and town halls.

We’ve agreed to speak out, which I will try to do though I know I won’t be able to find the right or strong enough words.

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eC2:Dairy sector development consultant

Deadline: 06-Jul-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) cow-pasture-animal-almabtrieb.jpg

IFC is seeking a consultant to support its program on the development of the Ukrainian dairy sector through advisory support to more than 140 dairy farms on improving their dairy farm management practices and through implementing educational programs aimed at improving farmers` awareness about the best dairy farming practices and systems as well as at building up the capacity of more than 5,000 dairy farm specialists through technical and practical trainings between August 2020 and December 2022.

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TechEmerge Resilience India

Although India has made remarkable progress in saving lives through proactive disaster preparedness and risk reduction, the country is also looking at building greater resilience of its communities and infrastructure to extreme events.

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Through consultations with interested government partners, five thematic key challenges have been identified. We are looking for disruptive technology solutions in the following areas:

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Madagascar: Balancing Conservation and Exploitation of Fisheries Resources

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  • With 5,600 square kilometers of coastline and an Exclusive Economic Zone that extends over more than a million square kilometers, Madagascar has substantial marine and coastal resources
  • In 2018, the fishing sector accounted for almost 7% of national gross domestic product, representing 6.6% of the total exports and supported the livelihoods of 1.5 million people
  • Overfishing, increase in harmful fishing practices and widespread destruction of marine habitat have contributed to the decline of many coastal fisheries across the region

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How is the World Bank tackling COVID-19 in fragile and conflict-affected settings?

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis has caused thousands of deaths and shaken the mali-covidworld’s richest countries to their core. What happens when it makes its way to low-and middle-income countries, which could face destabilizing and lasting shocks from its health and economic impacts? This is especially true for countries impacted by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), where cases of COVID-19 infection are increasing. Nearly one-third of our total project investments in 100 countries so far have focused on countries impacted by fragility and conflict —from Afghanistan and Iraq to Somalia and Haiti —  to help them face a multi-layered crisis of a magnitude no one has faced before.

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COVID-19 in fragile settings: Ensuring a conflict-sensitive response

Violent conflict often exacerbates the spread of infectious diseases , as seen in the recent resurgence of polio in Syria, cholera outbreaks in the conflict zones in Yemen, and the persistence of Ebola in insecure eastern regions of the Democratic Republicdrc-ebola-2 of Congo (DRC). Between 2009 and 2017, in fact, there were 364 disease outbreaks in 108 refugee camps. Fragility and conflict reverse hard-won development gains and stunt opportunities for children, youth, and the poorest people. In the process, they deeply weaken health systems, leaving societies more vulnerable to disease outbreaks.

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People Peace Prosperity

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The Fragility Forum is underway! After it was postponed due to concerns around 936490e805722009c3ea29a4bb898db1ac1f5ee98f404983af1a10660eaab8c2COVID-19, it has been transformed into a Virtual Series that will take place through August 31, 2020.

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