eC2: Europe and Central Asia Regional Water Security Initiative: Development of an Assessment Methodology and preparation of Diagnostic reports

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

Objective: The objective of the assignment is to identify and benchmark current and future challenges around water security in the Europe and Central Asia region; and, to develop a methodology to prepare country and regional water security assessments as well as to provide country specific recommendations. The assignment will also support (a) the assessment and description of a broad story of current and future water security (taking into account inter alia climate change and changes in socio-economic development patterns) that is relevant to policy makers both within and outside of the water sector; and, (b) through the development of the referred platform, contribute to discussions around potential actions to enhance water security and reform agendas through the definition of best-fit practices and international comparison.

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eC2: Assessments for Maritime Connectivity, Vulnerability and Strategic Needs in Pacific Island

Deadline:   07-Dec-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)sunrise-phu-quoc-island-ocean.jpg

This activity package will be for:
(i) An assessment of international and domestic maritime connectivity between PICs and main gateway ports for efficient regional connectivity;
(ii) A vulnerability assessment of maritime infrastructure and operations to natural disasters, severe weather events and climate change with consideration to consequences for maritime safety;
(iii) A strategic needs assessment of immediate infrastructure priorities in the PICs to promote blue economy development, particularly in tourism, passenger transport, fisheries, and domestic and international trade.

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eC2: Enabling integration and implementation of urban climate action in national urban plans and climate strategies

Deadline:    10-Dec-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)climate

The World Bank is undertaking analytical work on Long-Term Low-Carbon Urban Development to support national and subnational governments in incorporating urban mitigation action into the new generation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), urban development interventions, strategies and planning instruments. This work is focused on rapidly urbanizing developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The objective of this assignment is to prepare a set of technical notes that identify critical factors and institutional actions required to facilitating transformative change in rapidly urbanizing areas. It will include developing approaches for policy makers to facilitate a transition to long-term decarbonization pathways in line with the Paris Agreement. This transition will be enabled through the formulation of the new generation of NDCs and LTSs, as well as of broader urban strategies that integrate such urban mitigation actions.

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eC2: Supporting and Strengthening Women Miners Resilience During and After Covid-19 in Mali and Ghana: A systems approach to formalization and empowerment

Deadline:    03-Dec-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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New approaches to formalization are required to combat the double vulnerabilities facing ASM communities during COVID. The present TOR seeks to hire an experienced consortium of practitioners and researchers who can pilot a new capacity building model for formalization. The pilot will document effectiveness in training and research with behavior change. The purpose being that if successful results emerge from the pilot in Ghana and Mali, a scaled model could be applied in other ASM locales.GH – Ghana
ML – Mali

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eC2: Obtaining bridges and cross-sections surveys and other measurements for the purpose of development of flood hazard and risk maps under the EU Flood Directive 2007/60/EC

Deadline:   03-Dec-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

The objective of this assignment is to provide a new geodetic survey on cross-sections and related engineering infrastructure (bridges, dikes, dam walls, weirs, culverts, polders, etc.) in selected Areas of Potential Significant Flood Risk (APSFR) defined in the 2nd cycle of Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment in Romania, with necessary accuracy for hydraulic modeling (5cm HRMSE and VRMSE).

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IFC TechEmerge Nigeria

TechEmerge Expands to Temperature-Controlled Logistics in Nigeria. unnamed

In early December, TechEmerge will launch an open call for innovators worldwide to bring their sustainable solutions in temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) to Nigeria. The program is being conducted in collaboration with Kobo 360—an e-logistics platform operating across Africa that connects truckers to customers. It offers market access to Africa’s largest economy, and a pool of up to $1 million in funding to top innovators matched with leading Nigerian companies to jointly pilot affordable, sustainable solutions that reduce losses in cold chains, strengthen access to TCL-dependent products and markets, and build commercial partnerships. Find out more here.

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Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals2020 From World Development Indicators

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 presents interactive storytelling and data 2020-11-16_10-10-41visualizations about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It highlights trends for selected targets within each goal and introduces concepts about how some SDGs are measured. Where data is available, it also highlights the emerging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SDGs.

The Atlas draws from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators database, as well as from a wide variety of relevant data sources from scientists and other researchers worldwide.

We hope readers will find this third edition in the Atlas series engaging and informative, and will be inspired to discover, understand and visualize progress towards achieving the SDGs.

Tell us what you think on Twitter or at data@worldbank.org.

1.47 billion people face flood risk worldwide: for over a third, it could be devastating

Flooding is one of the most common and severe hazards disrupting people’s lives and flood_risks_colombo_sri_lanka_bloglivelihoods around the world. Floods often cause unmitigated damage and suffering, especially in lower income countries where infrastructure systems – including drainage and flood protection – tend to be less developed. While countries at all levels of development face flood risk, the vast majority of the world’s flood exposed people – 89% – live in low- and middle- income countries.  Critically, it is not only major, more infrequent floods, but also smaller, frequent events that can reverse years of progress in poverty reduction and development.

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Firms struggle to stay afloat after losing half of sales, but still keep workers

Firms and workers in every part of the world have been affected by the COVID-19 shock. The simone_d._mccourtie_world_bank_turkey_2009-1000ILO estimates global labor income has declined nearly 11% or US$3.5 trillion in the first three quarters of 2020. As a result of income losses, our colleagues in the World Bank estimate that as many as 150 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2021. Without timely assistance and swift policy action, otherwise healthy firms will be shuttered permanently, and people will suffer longer.

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