Countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative face a major challenge in facilitating trade. While large investments in trade-related infrastructure capture global headlines, transaction costs generated by inefficient border clearance and trade-related regulatory requirements are one of the major policy risks facing the BRI.
Imagine that you are a small-scale rainfed agriculture farmer. You face significant challenges. Water and food demands are growing. Competition for water is escalating. You rely heavily on unpredictable rain to grow food and sustain your livelihood. Weather related disasters — such as floods, droughts, and heat waves — are increasing in frequency, intensity, and duration.
These figures often reflect unfulfilled aspirations and lack of opportunity.
Deadline: 27-Sep-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Assignment Description: Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management of Renewable Energy Development in the Myitgne River Basin in Myanmar. The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a cumulative impact assessment of renewable energy projects in the Myitgne River Basin in Myanmar. The objectives include: 1. Plan and execute an integrated assessment of the cumulative impacts of renewable energy development in the Myitgne River Basin, including power optimization and development scenarios. 2. Lead the participatory design of a framework for ongoing river basin co-management in the Myitgne, including collaborative environmental and social impact monitoring and management. 3. Strengthen the capacity of Myitgne River Basin stakeholders in CIA and co-management.
Deadline: 24-Sep-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Assignment Description: The World Bank partners with the Government of Tanzania and DFID to support research and adaptive learning around PbR. As part of the research partnership, the World Bank will conduct an impact evaluation of a complementary intervention, which will be overlaid onto PbR. The goal of the complementary intervention is two-fold. First, it aims to augment the projects impact by addressing possible challenges. Second, the complementary interventions impact will be evaluated through econometric methods, thereby providing the Government of Tanzania and DFID with nuanced and actionable findings on how to increase PbRs impact, and rural water sustainability more generally. The intervention is expected to last two years in parallel with PbRs roll-out.
In this edition we feature a story about Wijnand van Ijssel, the secondant for the Food 4 All Partnership between the Netherlands and the World Bank Group. The Partnership aims to find synergies and collaboration between Dutch knowledge programs and expertise in agriculture and food/nutrition and connect this with knowledge development and investment program needs of the World Bank Group.
Leveraging IDA to meet global ambitions and evolving client needs
This report examines what the International Development Association (IDA) achieved during the IDA17 period (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017), and takes a close look at how IDA continues to maximize development impact to deliver these results in a fluid and challenging global environment. This report covers three areas essential to understanding both IDA’s efforts and the environment in which it works: (1) The rapidly-evolving global economic and development landscapes; (2) The results achieved through IDA’s work with client countries and other partners; and (3) The unfinished agenda, which demands an ongoing, broad-based commitment to achieving results through IDA as the world’s global alliance for the poor.
The Netherlands embassy in Washington, D.C. published the handbook, “Zakendoen met de Wereldbank Groep” to provide interested Dutch companies and organizations a basic introduction to the World Bank Group. We have updated the handbook with new information on the current procurement framework. Besides the handbook we also created fact sheets which include information on project cycles as well as Bank jargon which will be good to know when working with the World Bank Group.
Tell us something about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Rotterdam. I received my Master’s degree in tropical forestry at Wageningen University a long time ago. After that, I spent 20 years in Mauretania, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Vietnam, and Mozambique, with FAO, SNV, DHV Consultants, and eventually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. I love working in global development, particularly in the domains of rural development, sustainable land use, and environmental management. It has been great to be able to live in all these countries with different cultures and to meet different people – together with my family (my wife and three children, now all 20+). After 10 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, I opted for this secondment at the World Bank Group.
Deadline: 20-Sep-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Assignment Description: IFC is seeking a firm to support landowners in the rehabilitation of degraded cattle pastures, develop a financial mechanism to finance farm level investments, and identify strategic partnerships between value chain actors to drive long-term professionalization and efficiency. The assignment will include three work streams as follows:
1. Development of innovative business models for climate smart ranching
2. Piloting climate smart beef production systems
3. Development of financial mechanisms for farm level investment