Fighting climate change in the world’s poorest countries

In 2020, swarms of desert locusts descended on northern Kenya in the country’s worst locust 17infestation in 70 years. They ate crops and threatened the food security of 3 million people. Locusts brought similar devastation to some of the poorest countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, as governments and communities braced for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Building back from COVID-19 – Creating economic opportunities for the poorest

It is increasingly apparent that the costs of COVID-19 will be borne disproportionately by poorer segments of society, especially in lower income countries. Women, children and displaced 20150625-zambia-hoel-5197populations have been hardest hit. This crisis – more so than other crises before  – requires scalable solutions for the world’s poorest. For many countries, this presents unchartered territory.

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World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives

Data are everywhere. But what is the data revolution doing for the 700 million people who live indexin extreme poverty? When data are turned into valuable information, they have the potential to improve lives, transform economies, and help end poverty. Now more than ever, the world is facing new demands for data as our principal weapon in the war against COVID-19. The latest edition of the World Development Report from the World Bank provides a blueprint on how to harness the power of data for development, to ensure no one is left behind.

https://wdr2021.worldbank.org/

https://wdr2021.worldbank.org/the-report/#download

 

Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic of Inequality to Build a Green, Inclusive, & Resilient Recovery

 

Join World Bank Group President David Malpass, ahead of the Spring Meetings, at the LondonScreenshot_2021-03-25 Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic of Inequality to Build a Green, Inclusive, Resilient Recovery School of Economics as he discusses what is needed to build a green, inclusive, and resilient recovery from the pandemic. The crisis has worsened inequality and disproportionately impacted the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children.  

In his conversation with Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, President Malpass will share his thoughts on accelerating a recovery that tackles growing inequalities and improves livelihoods.

Join us for the live conversation on March 29.
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eC2: Implementation of Food Safety Checklist Toolkit (FSCT) system

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

International Finance Corporation invites Proposals from Offerors interested in creating of a cloud-based ICT solution, including the implementation and customization of a Food Safety Checklist Toolkit that meets its requirements.

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eC2: Assessment of Options and Opportunities for Riverine Plastic Waste Collection Technologies in Southeast Asia

Deadline:    13-Apr-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)eu-plastic-regels-2019

Key tasks:
– assessment of plastic waste collection technologies currently available on the market with the purpose of collecting plastic waste from water bodies, particularly rivers, urban canals, and coastal shorelines
– the assessment shall include, but may not be limited to: technical outline of system; location suitability assessment; investment and operational costs; O&M requirements; financing mechanisms; recyclability of material; others
– desk based global assessment incorporating accessible local knowledge to develop country-specific sections and including selected case studies with focus on Mekong countries, Philippines and Indonesia.

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eC2: Promoting In-depth Cleaner Production in the Washing/Dyeing/Finishing Sector in Bangladesh

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

The objective of this assignment is to conduct In-depth Cleaner Production assessments at 23 textile wet-processing units in Bangladesh.The overall goal is of this assignment is to enhance the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of the textile wet processing sector in Bangladesh. The program will focus on water as the primary driver for change but will also address energy and chemical use (water-energy chemical nexus) for an integrated approach to resource efficiency.The proposed assignment shall be conducted by a consortium of 1 local firm, and 1 international firm, or by 1 international firm having a very strong local presence (with strong technical local team).

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eC2: ANALYSIS OF NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE NATURAL DISASTERS IMPACTS IN CENTRAL AFRICA REGION

Deadline:    01-Apr-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 services. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through World Bank Group eConsultant2
Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Shortlisting and selection will be subject to the availability of funding. Only those firms which have been shortlisted will receive notification. No debrief will be provided to firms which have not been shortlisted.

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eC2: Baseline Survey of Impact Evaluation of Interventions to Support Women-Owned Firms in three cities in Mozambique

Deadline:   31-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Senegal-Woman-at-Well-800

PURPOSE
These Terms of Reference (ToR) are for a Consultant (Firm) to implement a baseline quantitative data collection for a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) in Mozambique.
The primary goal of this consultancy is to collect data on the entrepreneurial behavior, business success, and the personal and household attitudes and behavior of 1,700 women business owners that form part of this study, and on 850 spouses/partners/significant others of 850 of the 1,700 women business owners, for a total of 2,550 surveys.
This data collection will be conducted in the context of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Bottom-up vs. top-down interventions to foster female entrepreneurship in Mozambique. The evaluation will be led by the World Banks Africa Gender Innovation Lab; the World Bank Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice; the University of Warwick and Leuphana University of Lueneburg (henceforth the World Bank research team). The analysis of the data collected will be conducted by the World Bank research team, not the Consultant.

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eC2: Guidelines to maximize socio-economic benefits triggered by renewable energy deployment

Deadline:    31-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Renewable-energy

This assignment will support Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank to detail the initial version of the Guidelines for the Sustainable Renewables Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI): A Sure Path to Sustainable Solar with the operational guidance for governments on how to maximize socio-economic benefits of renewable energy (RE) while deploying sustainable RE programs. These guidelines will aim at (i) providing an overview of the RE value chain in terms of components/jobs and skills required as well as (ii) articulating the key steps (and identifying the associated entry points) to maximize the socio economic benefits of the RE programs, leveraging the associated bidding processes.
The following technologies are to be considered under this assignment:
Part 1: solar (PV with battery storage and CSP with thermal storage) and onshore wind to be studied in detail during the assignment.
Part 2: geothermal to be incorporated from materials provided by the World Bank.

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