Developing countries want more action on climate: The World Bank is stepping up

By Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Managingfloods.jpgDirector of Operations

I have read the many reports that summarize the dire state of the climate and our planet’s worsening prospects. I know the hard statistics docum

enting rising temperatures, the increasing intensity of natural disasters and warmer seas. I have been meeting with representatives from developing countries who have one request: we need less talk and more action on climate.  

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Year in Review: 2019 in 14 Charts

As this decade comes to an end, the world has seen progress on many fronts. The poorest countries have greater access to water, electricity, and sanitation (i.e., a toilet). Poverty and child mortality have fallen. Technology has spread far and wide so that there are now more mobile phones than people. But we’ve also broken some of the wrong kinds of records. In 2019, more people were forcibly displaced than any other time in history. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit an all-time high and biodiversity is declining at an accelerating rate. These charts highlight some remarkable achievements and the serious challenges that remain as we head into 2020.

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eC2: Assessment of Public Sector Primary and Out-Patient Health Service Delivery Capacity in Dhaka

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

In order to inform possible investments to improve urban primary health care services, medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]the World Bank is seeking to hire a firm to undertake a detailed assessment of outpatient delivery capacity of government health facilities in Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chattogram City Corporation areas.

The assessment will be conducted with the overall aim of understanding better the existing public sector primary and out-patient healthcare services in urban areas in terms of available inputs and resource usage. The assessment will be completed in all government health facilities that provide out-patient and primary health care services in Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chattogram City Corporation areas.

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eC2: Turkey: Market assessment for direct uses of geothermal energy

Deadline: 28-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of this assignment is to assess the technical and economic viability of

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different options for direct uses of geothermal energy in Turkey, including district heating and cooling. This includes both projects where low to medium temperature resources are utilized directly and also projects were residual heat in geothermal brines at geothermal power plants is used.

Tasks are expected to include:
– Country-wide, high-level assessment of direct use potential
– Preparation of pre-feasibility studies for selected applications
– Assessment of interest of municipalities and private developers
– Estimation of investment needs to allow the market to grow to its potential
– Barrier assessment
– Preparation of action plan/roadmap for the promotion of direct uses of geothermal resources

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eC2: Mobilizing the Private Sector for the Electrification of Selected DRCs Provincial Capital Cities

Deadline: 11-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

U.S. Electricity Output Rose 6.2% From A Year Earlier

The objective of this assignment is to support the Government of DRC in attracting the private sector for the electrification of provincial capitals. To this end, the consultant will review the legal/regulatory/PPP framework and tools, use the results of a technical prefeasibility study to develop financial models for 2 to 4 provinces, consult local/regional/international private operators/utilities, develop appropriate PPP contract samples, assist the government over the procurement process, and develop a comprehensive capacity strengthening plan for 2 to 4 provincial governments and the regulator.

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IDA is a vital development partner now more than ever

It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last ht-jessica-education780pxquarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that living standards for hundreds of millions of people have improved over that time.

Yet, poverty reduction has not been consistent across countries and today it is slowing. For the world’s poorest countries, extreme poverty remains stubbornly high with 31 percent of their people living on less than $1.90 a day. 

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eC2: Enabling Private Sector Participation in Electricity Distribution

Deadline: 14-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

U.S. Electricity Output Rose 6.2% From A Year Earlier

Policy makers acknowledge the role of private sector in distribution but would want to understand business models that may be suitable considering the local context of states in India. Till date only two cases of private sector participation in the Indian electricity distribution (under Licensee mode) have been tried in the states of Delhi and Odisha with mixed results. Beyond these two examples, other models of private sector participation (PSP) such as distribution franchises are also prevalent in the country and have met with mixed results. Further, Govt. of India in the past had also drafted an amendment bill to Electricity Act for introducing carriage and content separation, which may be another approach to encourage competition in the electricity distribution sector.

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Money sent home by workers now largest source of external financing in low- and middle-income countries (excluding China)

Article by Donna Barne & Florina Pirlea| www.worldbank.org.

The money workers send home to their families from abroad has become a critical part of many economies around the world. Based on the most recent data, remittances, as this money is called, will only grow in importance. Officially recorded remittances amounted to a record $529 billion in 2018, and are on track to reach $550 billion in 2019.

This money is flowing at about the same levels as foreign direct investment (FDI), but if China is excluded, they are the largest source of foreign exchange earnings in low- and middle-income countries, according to Migration and Remittances Brief 31, published by the World Bank Group and KNOMAD, the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development. In other words, if China is excluded from the analysis, remittances have already overtaken FDI as the biggest source of external financing.

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eC2: Training for e-commerce and export advisors in Lebanon, Djibouti, and Tunisia

Deadline: 17-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This assignment specifically focuses on increasing women-led SMEs access to domestic 1_BkBrs2NfHlP53xw7ZfQ0Pwand export markets through e-commerce, and to increase their sales from e-commerce in Lebanon.

There are two main sub-activities envisaged: (1) scoping and market analysis to understand where are the key challenges and constraints to e-commerce for womens SMEs; and (2) develop and deliver a package of support services to women-led SMEs, in partnership with local stakeholders, that will increase sales, markets and profits via e-commerce.

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eC2: Assessment of economic circularity options in the plastics sector in Nigeria

Deadline: 17-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objectives of the market assessment are to understand the plastics sector in Nigeria, anticorruptionas well as scope out opportunities for impactful private sector interventions structured around circular supply chain for plastics. The assessment will specifically focus on the food & beverage and textile/garment value chains and associated packaging activities in Nigeria. It will look into overall market size for applicable types of plastics, current practices for the use of plastics material, as well as recycling, reuse and disposal practices. The study will scope out value chain players and opportunities to increase the circularity linkages, including through offset of the virgin raw materials.

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