COP24 Kicks off in Katowice next Week: Here’s What You Need to Know

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  • The 2018 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will take place at the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland, from December 3 to 15.
  • The priority outcome from negotiations at COP24 will be the finalization of the “Paris rulebook”, namely, the framework of rules that will guide the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  • The World Bank Group will announce new climate targets for 2025, including a major boost on adaptation, as well as analytical work on new mobility, transport, the energy sector, and the just transition, focusing on delivering low carbon pathways to development.

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eC2: Development of Disaster Risk Finance Analytics Freeware Quantitative Tools

Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The DRFIP is undertaking a four-year DRF Analytics Project to improve the colombo2understanding and to increase the capacity of governments to take informed decisions on DRF based on sound financial analysis. The objective of the project will be achieved through four outcomes:
i. Governments understand their financial risk related to natural disasters;
ii. Governments employ efficient financial/actuarial analysis, such as cost-benefit analyses, in the development of DRF strategies;
iii. Improved financial capacity to meet financial needs immediately following natural disasters; and
iv. Increased capacity in Governments to monitor and evaluate DRF strategies. Under this project a suite of interactive DRF quantitative tools will be developed which can be adapted and applied to support capacity building and decision making in countries.

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From Evolution to Revolution: 10 Years of Green Bonds

Issued in November 2008, the World Bank’s first green bond created the blueprint for green bondssustainable investing in the capital markets. Today, the green bond model is being applied to bonds that are raising financing for all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The phone call to the World Bank Treasury came out of the blue: a group of Swedish pension funds wanted to invest in projects that help the climate, but they did not know how to find these projects. But they knew where to turn and called on the World Bank to help. Less than a year later, the World Bank issued the first green bond—and with it, created a new way to connect financing from investors to climate projects.

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3 hard truths about the global sanitation crisis

Today when you go to the toilet, be it in someone’s basic latrine in a rural village you untitledmight be visiting, in a public toilet where you work, or on a comfortable water-flushed ‘loo’ at home, take a moment to think about those not as fortunate as yourself.

As you sit (or squat) and contemplate, consider these three hard truths about sanitation:

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Rewarding water-responsible companies is key to success in addressing global water security

Over the past fifteen years, I have seen a rapid evolution in corporate actors in blue_certificate_awarding_cfonsecarecognizing water risks to their operations. In response, some have taken measures to ensure that all water is returned to its originating watershed while making sure that returned water is as clean or cleaner than it was before. But to keep the momentum going, we need to think about how we can encourage and motivate companies that will push them to collaborate more with governments, other companies, and civil society toward realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Equally as important, we need to bring forward those companies that unfortunately have yet to prioritize water.

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eC2: Assessment of Laboratory and Diagnostic Services

Deadline: 19-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Survey

This consultancy will focus on providing quality services to patients and examine how the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health (MoH) could offer clinical lab services to the population through an assessment of existing public sector capacity.

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eC2: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO STRENGTHEN THE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR FOOD INSECURITY IN ETHIOPIA AND ITS LINKS TO A SCALABLE RURAL PRODUCTIVE SAFETY NET PROGRAMME

Deadline: 14-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)resized-food-insecurity_orig

Objective: The main objectives of this consultancy assignment are to (1) conduct a review on the design and operation of early warning systems operating in Ethiopia which are used to trigger and inform food and cash support to drought affected households; (2) advise on improved protocols and monitoring systems and tools for alert triggering; and (3) provide concrete options for the design of an enhanced and scalable social safety net system based on early warning information.
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eC2: Vietnam: Developing Sustainable Rooftop PV Program

Deadline: 12-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The assignment objective is to provide technical support to the Government of Vietnam and the cities of Danang and HCMC in developing and scaling up rooftop/distributed solar PV deployment in a sustainable and cost-competitive manner leveraging private sector investments.

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High-Growth Firms: Facts, Fiction, and Policy Options for Emerging Economies

November 16, 2018—Policies to create jobs, promote entrepreneurship and growth are FCI-780-x439-thumbnailkey priorities for many emerging economies. Designing and implementing reforms is particularly challenging as policy makers attempt to strike a balance across sectors, firm size and incentives that can sustain growth in a rapidly changing global economy. High-growth firms (HGFs)–accounting for approximately 3-20 percent of the manufacturing and service industries—are of particular interest as a growth model considering their contribution to more than 50 percent of new jobs and sales in in these sectors. Analysis of high-growth firms in Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey is offering evidence that challenges some of the conventional views defining HGFs and the sectors where they can prosper. Continue reading

eC2: Merchant Acquisition and Management Firm

Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) financial-inclusion-gender

A key objective of the project in Tanzania is to promote financial inclusion, by increasing access to mobile money and by digitizing payments to merchants. Although mobile money access has improved in Tanzania, levels of usage of digital financial services, including payments, in general remains low. To address this challenge and offer a mass market payment solution, IFC and its partner, a mobile network operator, are building on a merchant proposition to increase the number of merchants offering the product and increase customer usage of the product. This project will build capacity and improve performance of the MNO in creating a sustainable and vibrant mobile money ecosystem in Tanzania.

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