Realizing the returns to schooling: How COVID-19 and school closures are threatening women’s economic future

COVID-19 is threatening the gains being made in girls’ education. Urgent action is needed to sierraleoneensure that girls and women can realize the returns to their schooling. 

Returns to schooling for women are high – so says Bono and the research. A couple of years ago, in an essay in Time magazine Bono wrote: “Give girls just one additional year of schooling and their wages go up almost 12 percent.” He said the same thing a year before that at the Munich Security Conference. The source of that quote was a 2014 World Bank paper and a recent update confirms this is still the case. At the same time, girls are staying in school longer and learning more. However, these gains are at risk as COVID-19 is presenting a crisis within a crisis for girls’ education.

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eC2: Rwanda Rural Roads and Agricultural Value Chains Impact Evaluation

Deadline:    22-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 14114340279_c7363a7eb7_k

DIME is seeking a research firm to pilot and implement field activities and conduct quantitative surveys for an impact evaluation on rural road rehabilitation and agricultural value chains in Rwanda. This includes the following activities:

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COVID-19 response: Where we stand now, and the road ahead

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The world is now a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic—both the health emergency and the global economic crisis it has generated. Its impacts have touched every person in every country, causing illness and death, disrupting livelihoods, and potentially pushing an estimated 150 million more people into extreme poverty around the globe by the end of 2021. And while the rapid development of vaccines offers all of us some hope, we know that the pandemic will continue to dominate our lives in 2021.  

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COVID-19 is hitting poor countries the hardest. Here’s how World Bank’s IDA is stepping up support

A year ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I was optimistic about the trends in global ida_covidpoverty: extreme poverty rates had been steadily declining for more than two decades. Although considerable challenges like debt still loomed large for the poorest countries, the positive trajectory in the fight against poverty brought great hope for a better future—a future I still believe in.

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eC2: Digital Government Readiness Assessment (DGRA) toolkit with COVID-19 pillar

Deadline:    01-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Specific activities include: (1) conduct a diagnostic of existing digital government readiness assessment tools respectively developed by the World Bank team and a partner organization; (2) document best practices of digital solutions for COVID-19; update the existing DGRA tool with COVID-19 (and other) disaster preparedness pillar; and develop the tool in online and mobile versions; (3) develop guidelines for pilot studies; assist the Bank team with pilot implementation of testing the toolkit and incorporate lessons-learned in the final deliverable of the tool & report. Specific pilot countries havent been decided at the moment but potential countries include Peru, Uzbekistan and Maldives.

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eC2: Chennai City Partnership : Resilient Urban Mobility and Services in Chennai

Deadline:   18-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Urban Latin America

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, has been witnessing natural disasters like floods, and the entire world is currently facing COVID-19 pandemic. These events have impacted life, including public transport systems and mobility in the city.

The Urban Mobility and Spatial Development pillar of the Chennai City Partnership (GoTN- World Bank) proposes to mainstream the climate/ flood and health risks with a focus on spatial planning, urban transport infrastructure and mobility services. In order to achieve the same, the World Bank wishes to engage a consulting firm to undertake hazard and vulnerability risk assessment, establish digital data/ maps, develop comprehensive action plan to mitigate/ manage flood and health risks for urban mobility and services; review/ strengthen standards for infrastructure elements to enhance their resilience; develop solutions to fund resilience and recovery plans; training and capacity building.

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eC2: Study to assess the feasibility and market opportunities for the implementation and operation of wastewater reuse projects in Mexico City

Deadline:    15-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank Group now invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the Waste water plantservices. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc. for firms; CV and cover letter for individuals). Please note that the total size of all attachments should be less than 5MB. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.
The EOI shall include the three following chapters as a minimum:
Introduction and background
Identification of the key experts with summarized CVs:
o Project leader
o Water / Wastewater / Industrial sector specialist
o Financial / PPP specialist
Outline of the approach and methodology to deliver the study.

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COVID crisis is fueling food price rises for world’s poorest

Over the last year, COVID-19 has undone the economic, health and food security of millions, 14114340279_c7363a7eb7_kpushing as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty. While the health and economic impacts of the pandemic have been devastating, the rise in hunger has been one of its most tangible symptoms. 

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eC2: Lighting Africa Central African Republic Off-grid Market Assessment

Deadline:   15-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Solar-street-lights-in-Guinea1

CAR has considerable potential for renewable energy generation, especially solar. However, its market is underdeveloped. The primary objective of the assignment is to assess the market opportunities and challenges for adoption and scale up of off-grid solar solution market in Central African Republic. The findings and recommendations of this report will inform the Bank and other donor engagement in off-grid electrification.

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COVID-19 vaccines – A path for recovering human capital

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a global health emergency and an unprecedented Nigeria. Photo © Dominic Chavez The Global Financing Facility_0 (1) sizedeconomic crisis. In addition to the loss of life and productivity directly attributable to COVID-19, the pandemic poses risks to human capital through several other pathways,  key among which is the disruption in the provision of essential primary health, education, and community services. 

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