Netherlands invests in New Partnership that Aims to Help Countries Achieve a Water-Secure World for All

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Water is a crucial aspect of development.Image
  • The Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership launches July 1st.
  • The Partnership identifies sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing and resilience as crucial for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Water touches nearly every aspect of development. It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems and is fundamental for life. However, this critical resource can harm as well as help. Water-related hazards such as floods, storms, and droughts are responsible for 9 out of 10 natural disasters.  Climate change is expected to increase this risk and place even greater stress on scarce water supplies.

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Partnerships, cornerstone to achieve Indonesia’s sustainable peatland restoration targets

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org.

“Peatlands are sexy!” They aren’t words you would normally associate with peatlands, but judging from the large audience that participated in the lively discussion on financing peatland restoration in Indonesia at the “Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter” conference, held May 18 in Jakarta, it seems to be true. The observation was made by Erwin Widodo, one of the speakers in the World Bank-hosted panel discussion at the event.

eC2: Development of quantitative tools for Disaster Risk Finance

Deadline:  24-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank-GFDRR DRFIP is seeking support in the development of 4 interactive Bangladeshi villagers repair a vital flood-protecting embankmentquantitative tools to support decision-making in financial disaster risk management. The tools will draw on current international best practice in user interface design, transparency and quality in coding, and probabilistic financial and actuarial analysis.

This consultancy covers the compilation and cleansing of data (from public sources); the development of quantitative methodology; and production (design, development, validation and testing) of 4 quantitative interactive tools in MS Excel. The quantitative tools will be generic tools that can be adapted and applied to support capacity building and decision making in many countries. The tools will allow decision makers to assess the liability and fiscal funding gap following a disaster, understand the financial implications of different DRF strategies, as well as answer questions about financial instruments and define relevant policy options.

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2018 Young Professionals Program. Apply before July 28!

Always wanted to work for the World Bank? The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a good starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group. Image

For more than 50 years, the Young Professionals Program has been the preeminent program preparing global development leaders. The application for the 2018 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program is open from June 14 – July 28, 2017.

 

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eC2: Communicating Carbon Pricing

Deadline: 18-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Developing and implementing carbon pricing is anything but easy. Very often, it can turnlight-bulb-297489_640 out to be not only technically challenging, but also politically risky. As the benefits of carbon pricing policies are not always self-evident, a strategic communication plan for awareness raising and risk management both within the government, among businesses and for the general public can be critical to ensure the successful adoption and implementation of such policies.

Such a communication plan can include how to best communicate the evidence in support of a specific policy and how to customize the case for carbon pricing to different target audiences. The way a government communicates its policy choice can influence if not determine its success. Several countries and sub-national jurisdictions have ample experience with this. These lessons are important to share, particularly as a growing number of jurisdictions look at carbon pricing as a tool to achieve their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The same is true for businesses which have expressed explicit support for carbon pricing in their jurisdiction.

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eC2: Market Research for Digital Financial Services in Cameroon

Deadline: 04-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Under The Partnership for Financial Inclusion, IFC is assisting a mobile networkIFC and the Dutch operator (MNO) in Cameroon to expand their existing customer segment to new clients and markets. IFC is supporting the MNOs plans to implement an expansion and financial inclusion strategy with research to identify opportunities in the market that will help the MNO develop the best products to service its customer base. IFC is looking for a market research firm (Consultants) for this research assignment on mobile money and access to finance in Cameroon. Consultants will be hired to conduct desk research, data collection and analysis on customer needs and preferences for financial services and the extent to which these needs may be met through mobile money. The market research will also involve a competitor analysis, agent profiling, customer segmentation, and product assessment. The goal is to identify and quantify the potential customer base in the Cameroonian market.

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eC2: Feasibility study for dredging options at Lake Victoria ports under varying lake levels

Deadline: 24-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The overall objective of the assignment is to identify the most economic, climate resilientd8423-lake-toba2bview and environmentally sustainable dredging levels for key ports and shipping routes on Lake Victoria. Improving transportation on Lake Victoria is key to strengthening the Tanzanian Central Corridor, and is a priority for the Governments of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The lake plays a pivotal role in connecting land-locked countries (DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) via its shipping and railway network and is a key part of the intermodal supply chains along the Northern and Central corridor linking to Mombasa and Dar es Salaam ports. However, in recent years port infrastructure and consequently maritime operations on Lake Victoria have declined significantly.
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Now Open: Application Process for the 2018 Young Professionals Program!

Always wanted to work for the World Bank? The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a good starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group. Image

For more than 50 years, the Young Professionals Program has been the preeminent program preparing global development leaders. The application for the 2018 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program is open from June 14 – July 28, 2017.

It is a unique opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group (WBG). The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others.

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Bangladesh: A STEP towards better Employability

To ensure better employment opportunities for the Bangladeshi labor force, in both local

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and overseas job markets, skills development and vocational education has to be aligned with the market demand. The Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) aims to strengthen public and private training institutions to improve the quality of skills training and employability of trainees, both at home and abroad, including those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Challenges

Bangladesh economy has been registering steady economic growth of around 6 percent over the past decade.  As local and global economic shifts continue toward industry and services, demand for skilled manpower is expected to rise at home and abroad. A labor-surplus country, the Bangladesh government is increasingly focusing on workforce development through technical and vocational education training (TVET). This is a timely response as the country prepares to accommodate and capitalize on the ongoing demographic dividend. However, poor training quality, low employability and inadequate wages plague the TVET sector, requiring interventions for addressing these issues.

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eC2: Assessment of National Policy on Benefit Sharing in Hydropower Projects

Deadline: 01-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this consultancy is to undertake an assessment to inform proposals HYDROregarding a sector-wide institutional and policy framework for the Government of Papua New Guinea to enable long-term sharing of part of the economic benefits of hydropower projects with the communities that are adversely affected by and/or are hosting such projects.

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