COVID-19 vaccines – A path for recovering human capital

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a global health emergency and an unprecedented Nigeria. Photo © Dominic Chavez The Global Financing Facility_0 (1) sizedeconomic crisis. In addition to the loss of life and productivity directly attributable to COVID-19, the pandemic poses risks to human capital through several other pathways,  key among which is the disruption in the provision of essential primary health, education, and community services. 

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Webinar: Global Economy: Reversing the Scars of COVID-19

 

World Bank Live Presents : The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions in the global economy that could have  lasting adverse effects. If history is any guide, the global economy is heading for a decade of growth disappointments. Uncertainty about the post-pandemic economic landscape and policies has discouraged investment; disruptions to education have slowed human capital accumulation; concerns about the viability of global value chains and the course of the pandemic have weighed on trade and tourism.

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World Bank Supports First COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Lebanon

US$34 million in emergency financing will provide access to vaccines for over 2 million people in Lebanon

BEIRUT, January 21, 2021 — The World Bank today approved a re-allocation of US$34 million under the existing Lebanon Health Resilience Project to support vaccines for Lebanon as it faces an unprecedented surge in COVID-19, with record-breaking numbers of around 5,500 daily confirmed cases since the beginning of the year. This is the first World Bank-financed operation to fund the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines. The financing will provide vaccines for over 2 million individuals. The vaccines are expected to arrive in Lebanon by early February 2021.

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Webinar April 23, 2020 | 9am EST: Launch of Aqueduct Floods: The Future of Flooding: Explore Risks and Opportunities (by WRI/World Bank/NL Embassy)

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Flooding is among the most serious and dangerous of all global risks, causing loss of life and damage to property, livelihoods and economies. Climate change is expected to intensify flooding in the coming decades, while economic growth and urbanization place more people and property in flood-prone areas. Despite these dangers, flood risks are often underestimated and poorly managed due to lack of transparent, accurate data on current levels of flood protection, both in developing and developed countries.

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eC2: Natural Hazard Assessment for the Reconstruction of Critical Transport Infrastructure

Deadline: 23-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank provides technical assistance to the Government of Myanmar to support maldives-blog-hart1technical solutions for Chin State by hiring an international consulting firm to prepare a hazard and vulnerability assessment for road rehabilitation to inform planned investments under the Myanmar Floods and Landslides Emergency Recovery Project in Chin State in Myanmar. The overall objective of the assignment is to contribute to the increase of capacities of the relevant ministries and agencies of the Government of Myanmar in the adoption of appropriate natural hazard assessment approaches in designing transport and infrastructure. The activity will (i) help provide technical solutions on geohazards specifically for Kalay Hakha road, based on an assessment of hazards; (ii) draw out lessons along the above process, including data gaps and recommend technical and monitoring solutions for improvement; (iii) and provide capacity building for the Ministry of Construction on this practice. The assignment is expected to be completed within the period of an estimated six months upon mobilization.

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eC2: Women Startup/Acceleration Program in High-tech Sector

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

WBGs Advisory Project aims to design and deliver startup/acceleration program for afghanistan-school-gender-girlscompetitively selected women-owned SMEs in high-tech sector in three regions. It will consist of a mix of individual and group mentoring, coaching and technical advisory aimed to improve business skills, investment readiness, and soft skills (negotiation, confidence, pitching, and so on) of beneficiaries as well as access to larger business networks and funding. The program will also include a series of networking events, aimed at expanding women-owned SMEs linkages to financial institutions and new business networks. Particular focus will be placed on creating links between women-owned SMEs and (1) financial institutions to address accessing to finance constraints; and (2) large firms/corporates to facilitate women integration in supply chains and access to business networks. The expected impact is the improved performance of women entrepreneurs in terms of revenue, funding obtained, jobs created.

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eC2: TechEmerge Health East Africa Program

Deadline: 19-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is seeking a consulting firm to provide support on Component 4, specifically to maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489support the pilot implementation phase of the TechEmerge Health East Africa program.

It is estimated that there may be around 15+ pilot projects supported under the program, with East African healthcare providers working with shortlisted Innovators to pilot new technologies that can improve their reach, operations, healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes. The majority of Providers participating in the program are in Kenya, however, it is expected that there will be a few pilots implemented in Uganda and Ethiopia, supporting the Providers that are participating from those markets.

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eC2: Community Mapping Urban Risks in Mwanza Tanzania

Deadline: 19-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this assignment is to inform the socio-economic exposure analysis of thewater TURP flood risk assessment for Mwanza city. This will be done by providing design and management of mapping campaigns in Mwanza from May October 2020 with a focus on three core mapping campaigns: i) Digitization services for 2020 building exposure updates; ii) Drainage infrastructure and river mapping; iii) Participatory Mapping of Unplanned Communities; iv) Household flood and rockfall historical incidents mapping.

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Fragility and Conflict: On the Front Lines of the Fight against Poverty

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  • A new report estimates that by 2030 up to two-thirds of the global extreme poor will Imagebe living in FCS, making it evident that without intensified action, the global poverty goals will not be met.
  • The new report, “Fragility and Conflict: On the Front Lines of the Fight against Poverty” notes that the 43 countries in the world with the highest poverty rates are in FCS and/or Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The number of people living in proximity to conflict — defined as within 60 kilometers of at least 25 conflict-related deaths — has nearly doubled since 2007.

Globally, the prevalence of fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS) continues to rise. The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide has more than doubled since 2012, exceeding 74 million in 2018. A new report estimates that by 2030 up to two-thirds of the global extreme poor may be living in FCS, making it evident that without intensified action, the global poverty goals will not be met.

The new report, “Fragility and Conflict: On the Front Lines of the Fight against Poverty,” notes that the 43 countries in the world with the highest poverty rates are in FCS and/or Sub-Saharan Africa.  Economies facing chronic fragility and conflict have had poverty rates stuck at over 40 percent in the past decade, while countries that have escaped FCS have cut their poverty rates by more than half. Today, a person living in an economy facing chronic fragility and conflict is 10 times more likely to be poor than a person living in a country that hasn’t been in conflict or fragility in the past 20 years.

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