November 9, 2020 update: My Op-Ed and engagements from last week

I would like to briefly highlight some of my writing and engagements from last week:Malpass-IMF

Op-Ed: To Cope With Covid, the World’s Poor Need Debt Relief

In last week’s Wall Street Journal, I published an op-ed urging greater transparency and timely and meaningful debt relief for the people of the world’s poorest countries. These are immediate, critical needs as countries work to recover from the global pandemic, and we can no longer afford to kick the debt can down the road – developing countries need relief now.

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It’s going to be a long painful ride. #InThisTogether

Instead of a sharp decline in 2020 followed by an increase in 2021 that we predicted in April, migration_development_brief_33_picwe are now looking at a much more gradual fall extending into 2021. By the end of 2021, we expect remittances to fall by about 14% compared to the pre-Covid-19 record levels of 2019.

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Reversing Setbacks to Poverty Reduction Requires Nations to Work Together for a Resilient Recovery

17-year-old M’Balu Tucker was poor even before the pandemic. She lives in Sierra Leone, a NewPoorInfographic1080post-conflict country, in a village with only one primary school and a single water tap, not enough to serve all the residents. There is no electricity and the roads are unpaved.

She dreams of furthering her education, moving to the city, and someday working in a bank, so that she can help her family, her village, and her country. But her parents, who are farm workers, sometimes don’t have the money to pay her school fees without taking out a loan.

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Tackling poor air quality: Lessons from three cities

How can countries grow their economies and keep air pollution in check at the same time? A shutterstock_1040255047new World Bank report explores that tricky question, looking at the kinds of policies and actions three leading cities have taken to tackle poor local air quality, providing lessons for other cities. As we mark World Cities Day on October 31, this research seems more timely than ever.

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Six strategies to increase young women’s access to digital jobs

The digital economy can create new job opportunities for young women and help address theuniversity_students_in_senegal persistent gender disparity in the labor market.

Jobs involving remote, online, flexible work can help young women overcome mobility constraints, challenge restrictive gender norms, and reduce longstanding occupational segregation in traditionally male-dominated industries. However, practitioners would need to be intentional about using better targeted strategies in program design to help young women succeed in high-quality digital jobs , and also move up to higher skilled and higher paying digital jobs over time.

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eC2: Consultancy: Implementation of Public-Private Water Efficiency Initiatives in the South African Agri-Processing Sector

Deadline:  16-Nov-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

Water scarcity, greater water demand and changing water supplies due to climate change are severely affecting large parts of Southern Africa, including South Africa, posing a significant risk to the region. In 2019, IFC and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), launched the Agri-Processing Resource Efficiency (APRE) programme to address this challenge. The programme aims to assist the agri-processing sector in South Africa to improve sustainability and competitiveness, emphasising reductions in water use, along with related reductions in energy and fuel. The objective of this assignment is to continue the development and implementation of the APRE policy and regulatory work with local authorities and user groups in the three localities. The consultant will be required to manage partnerships with key stakeholders related to the promotion of water-use efficiency measures with a public-private sector focus.

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The Human Face of COVID-19: Six Things to Consider for an Inclusive Recovery

Rehana is 21[1]. She left her village outside Rangpur to come to Dhaka three years ago becauseIR2 her cousin, who worked in a garment factory, told her there were plenty of opportunities in the city. Rehana admired her cousin’s confidence, independence, and status derived from the financial assistance she gave her family. Rehana also had a permanent disability caused by an accident that impaired her mobility. But once Rehana reached Dhaka, a whole new world opened up. She found new friends, a steady income, and a new sense of self. She began saving for her wedding and sending money back home to her family in the village. She even dreamt of one day owning a small business.

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eC2: Assessment of PS6 risks in several supply chains in agribusiness and forestry sector in Colombia

Deadline: 30-Nov-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The assignment is focused on Orinoquia region with specific focus on Puerto Carreno, La Primavera and Santa Rosalia in Vichada area. The assignment has three objectives:

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Morocco: A case for building a stronger education system in the post Covid-19 era

Building a stronger Human Capital could accelerate Morocco’s economic growth, job creation Morocco-Education-780trajectory and competitiveness gains. In 2018, Human Capital was estimated to contribute 41 percent to the country’s wealth per capita, a level substantially lower than in countries with a similar level of development.

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