In Senegal, a call to invest in people and the planet

SenegalFor three days this month, the West African nation of Senegal was in the spotlight of global efforts to combat climate change and improve education in a rapidly changing world.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Senegal’s President Macky Sall co-hosted a conference in Dakar to replenish the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – a funding platform to help low-income countries increase the number of children who are both in school and learning.

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Swallowed by the Sea…Where coastal infrastructure and jobs meet climate change

Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations.

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I was recently in West Africa to witness the effects of coastal erosion. To understand what’s going on, we took a three-country road trip, traveling from Benin’s capital Cotonou, along the coast to Lomé in Togo and then to Keta and Accra in Ghana. These three countries, among the hardest hit by coastal erosion, offer a snapshot of what is happening along the rest of the coast, from Mauritania, via Senegal to Nigeria. 

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Unlocking Investment in West Africa

Despite West Africa’s enormous investment potential, its integration into the global nigeria-fdi-hoeleconomy is low. One sign of this is that the region captures only 5% of Africa’s total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The main hurdles for national, regional, and foreign investors are cross-border constraints. Small businesses and service providers are especially affected.

“In Nigeria, burdensome and non-transparent administrative procedures, land, the clearance of goods and services at ports and airports, and access to finance are some of the obstacles hampering investors,” said Bala Bello, Deputy Director for Policy and Advocacy at the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.

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eC2: Assessment of Battery Energy Storage Applications in the West African Power Pool Utilities and Countries

Deadline: 23-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The work under this project will be done through the three major tasks described below:solar-energy
1. Feasibility study of energy storage for frequency support in WAPP power system

2. Assessment of energy storage applications in WAPP countries (on grid systems and off-grid mini grids, building/factory storage, etc.)

3. Financial assessment of incorporating energy storage for grid support

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West African countries commit to common vision for coastal resilience

Togolese families often place talismans, thought to contain magical or spiritual properties, outside their homes facing the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of westafrica_coastalerosion_780x520protecting their dwellings from encroaching tides.

Unfortunately, dozens of villages have been devoured since the mid-1990s, leaving behind shells of houses, livelihoods and memories in the wake of a coast receding as much as 5-10 meters per year. When expatriates return to Togo’s coast to visit their childhood homes, they are astonished to see that communities have literally washed out to sea.

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Can a Nation Build its Future if it Cannot Feed its Children? Five Policy Actions to Transform Crop and Livestock Farming in Mali

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on December 9, 2016ml-can-a-nation-build-its-future-if-it-cannot-feed-its-children-five-policy-actions-to-transform-crop-and-livestock-farming-in-mali-780x439.jpg
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mali has one of the highest rates of acute malnutrition in West Africa.
  • With 40 million hectares of arable land, the largest irrigation capacity in the Sahelian region (560,000 hectares), and 300 days of sunshine a year, Mali should leverage the agricultural sector to roll back malnutrition and poverty.
  • New agricultural development policies would prepare the country for the foreseeable impacts of climate change on livestock and crop productivity.

 

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The challenge to be climate smart with the world’s agriculture

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on August 11, 2016.

Here’s something you may not be aware of: agriculture and changes in land use already contribute 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a statistic that matters in the face of two unrelenting challenges now facing the globe –how to turn the promises of last December’s historic Paris climate change agreement into reality and how to feed a growing global population.

Already more than one billion people on the planet are now undernourished, and the world needs to produce at least 50 percent more food by 2050 to feed an estimated nine billion people. And we have to achieve that while delivering on the Paris agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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eConsultant2:Cost of Coastal Environmental Degradation, Multi Hazard Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis

Deadline: 03-Dec-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The REPUBLIC OF BENIN, the REPUBLIC OF COTE DIVOIRE, GHANA waterand TOGO have received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Adaptation to Climate Change in West Africa Coastal Areas project, and intend to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

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eConsultant2: Guinea – Development Of A Water Atlas

Deadline: 12-Oct-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The overall objectives of the study are:water
a. To develop a water atlas of the Fouta Djallon Highland presenting the state of its natural resources, and their uses, and to illustrate the issues involved in their management. Emphasis should be placed on water resources.
b. To support the validation of the draft Directive on Shared Water Resource Management in West Africa.
c. To conduct a study to identify axes for the greater involvement of river basin organizations in regional integrated water resources management (IWRM) leading to better governance of shared water resources in West Africa.

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eConsultant2: Design of RBF Mechanism for Solid Waste Management in Mauritania and Senegal

Deadline: September 29.

The objective of this activity financed by solid wasteGPOBA and implemented by the World Bank Urban team is to design results-based financing (RBF) or output-based aid (OBA) mechanisms, provide related policy, investment and institutional enhancement recommendations that are necessary to improve the performance of solid waste management in each cities. A particular focus of this activity will be to identify solutions approaches that improve access to sound solid waste services to poor households. The countries where the work is planned are Mauritania and Senegal. Continue reading