eC2: Regional Program for Digital Innovation to Support Public Transport and Sector Growth

Deadline: 27-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

The project objective is to apply best global practice and develop shared knowledge and tools to understand, regulate and improve paratransit transportation in developing countries by using new digital technologies through a regional programmatic approach for countries in Southern Africa. This will require a deeper understanding of the informal paratransit operations and business efficiency (or inefficiency) and contribute toward moving the informal sector toward formalization in the SSA region and globally.
Specific objectives
This project intends to address the following specific objectives:
(i) understand the quality and efficiency of paratransit operations and users mobility patterns, (ii) share such information with paratransit operators and engage them in the discussion of potential operations and business improvements, and (iii) contribute to the development of regulation and policies that will yield service improvements in the informal transit sector.

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eC2: Evaluation of the 2030 Water Resources Group Model & Lessons Learned for Achieving the SDGs

Deadline: 13-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

Launched in 2008, the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) (http://www.2030wrg.org) aims to help countries facilitate collective action among government, the private sector, and civil society to improve water resources management. 2030 WRG does so by: (a) creating the wider political economy conditions and momentum for change in water sector reform; (b) facilitating collaboration and awareness building within the water resources community, including the private sector; and, (c) improving the design and implementation of a comprehensive and innovative set of policies, programs and projects in selected countries or regions in order to increase their water security.

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January 2020 Global Economic Prospects: Slow growth, policy challenges

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  • The world economy is poised for a modest rebound this year, but outlook is fragile.
  • Emerging, developing economy growth to accelerate in 2020 as some emerging economies recover from periods of stress.
  • Rise in debt, slowdown in productivity pose challenges for policymakers.

eC2: Public Expenditure Reviews of the Water Sector in select countries in Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Sierra Leone)

Deadline: 23-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

In each country, the main objectives of the planned PER are:
1. To identify strategic programs and activities in the water sector, consistent with its other objectives particularly those related to macroeconomic stability and public financial management
2. To make assessment of the funding gaps and efficiency gaps (both allocative efficiency and technical efficiency) in the water sector and develop appropriate polices for improving efficiency and effective channelization of financial resources to reach agreed sector goals.
3. To support the design and delivery of effective water services.

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World Development Report 2021 – Data for Development

As the new year begins, I am pleased to announce that the World Bank Group’s next 20150224-senegal-farhat-0654World Development Report (WDR) for 2021 will be on Data for Development.

WDR 2021 will be the first WDR report on the role of Data for Development 

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Doing more—and better—for Africa’s food system in the face of climate change

Africa’s food systems are in the throes of a climate crisis.  From devastating droughts in Southern Africa and West Africa to cyclones and flooding in East Africa, extreme weather is threatening crops and livestock and putting millions of Africans at risk for food insecurity. 237 million people suffer from chronic undernutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, a number that rose in 2017, derailing gains that were made in previous years. The message from the headlines is loud and clear: We urgently need to adapt Africa’s agriculture and food system to climate change. And we need to act now. 

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eC2: Public Expenditure Reviews of the Water Sector in select countries in Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Sierra Leone)

Deadline:  23-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

In each country, the main objectives of the planned PER are:
1. To identify strategic programs and activities in the water sector, consistent with its other objectives particularly those related to macroeconomic stability and public financial management
2. To make assessment of the funding gaps and efficiency gaps (both allocative efficiency and technical efficiency) in the water sector and develop appropriate polices for improving efficiency and effective channelization of financial resources to reach agreed sector goals.
3. To support the design and delivery of effective water services.

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eC2: Wastewater treatment/ Re-cycling PPP in India

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

IFC has been approached by an urban local body ( Municipal Corporation) in India to structure a wastewater treatment & recycling project under Public Private Partnership (PPP). The scope of the Project includes i) development of a tertiary treatment plant (TTP) of output capacity of about 125 MLD along with rehabilitation of two existing sewage treatment plants (STPs); ii) development of distribution network for supply to an industrial cluster; and iii) operation & maintenance (O&M) of the rehabilitated STPs, proposed TTP and the distribution network.

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Procurement Framework Education & Learning tools

Mandatory for all lending operations after July 1, 2016, the new Framework emphasizes Bangladeshstory_banner1.pngflexibility, quality, and greater value for public spending, while enabling adaptation to country contexts. It recognizes that countries are looking to be more efficient in their public spending so that they can invest more in basic public services such as education, health and infrastructure services and enrich development outcomes.

The reform is the result of extensive consultations in almost 100 countries and allows greater flexibility for each operation to identify the right procurement approach; an extended range of procurement practices and options; more tailored, context-specific approaches for fragile and conflict-afflicted states; and more hands-on support from Bank staff to help clients in capacity-building and institution-strengthening.

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eC2: Building Regulations for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Deadline: 27-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) climate

The objective of this activity is to support the Government of Kerala, India, in strengthening their building regulatory frameworks through conducting a Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment in Kerala and facilitating dialogue with Government counterparts and relevant stakeholders. The assessments will create a baseline for current capacity and gaps in the building regulatory framework across three critical components of building regulatory frameworks. The outputs of these assessments will include in-depth capacity and gap analyses and reform implementation plans for each country, developed in consultation with the Government of Kerala, with recommendations for select aspects of land use, energy efficiency, building and fire code administration. The desired outcome of this engagement is to support critical discussions between public authorities and other relevant stakeholders and provide an analytical basis and recommendations for initiating building regulatory reforms.

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