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New Look, better blog!

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You may have noticed we received a face lift.  Well, it’s not just the DM Blog, it’s the entire World Bank (WB) Blog Community.  WB blogs are going to soon all be part of the World Bank Blog “Planet” (fitting name, don’t you think?)  Blogs.worldbank.org is a planet site that aggregates content from all the WB blogs into one space.  This will make it easier to find and subscribe to more content on the topics that interest you the most.  I was just looking at the new planet and found this post on Innovative Adaptation by Rosina Bierbaum – a great topic considering the focus of the DM this year. 

I’d like your feedback on all of this.  What do you think about the new DM Blog?  Anything you like in particular?  What would make it better? What about the planet site? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

- Aaron

South Asia Regional DM Grant Competition - Deadline Extended

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The closing date for submission of proposals for the SAR Development Marketplace on Nutrition has been EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 14, 2009!
 
Note that proposals must be submitted online. For more information about the competition, visit the SAR DM on the web at http://www.worldbank.org/nutritiondm2009.

Calling all proposals - DM 2009 Grant Competition on Climate Adaptation Launched!

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The global 2009 Development Marketplace competition is now open! This year the DM aims to find and support innovative approaches and technologies that help us to prepare for and respond to the immediate and potential impacts of climate change. We have already begun accepting applications. For more details visit our website at www.developmentmarketplace.org. The submission period closes May 18, 2009.

This is a great opportunity to find support for your idea in Climate Adaptation. For the first time, we have also opened a special window for Indigenous Peoples – to promote Indigenous Peoples communities’ and organizations’ development of innovative ways to conserve agriculture, land, water and soil management practices. Apply now and spread the word!

South Asia Regional DM Grant Competition - Deadline Approaching

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The South Asia Regional Development Marketplace is accepting proposals under the theme: “Family and Community Approaches to Improve Infant and Young Child Nutrition.” Proposals are welcomed from all South Asian countries including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  See the call for proposals for further eligibility criteria.

Proposals are being accepted until March 31, 2009.  About 70 of the most promising candidates will be invited to present their ideas at the South Asia Regional Marketplace event to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in August 4-6, 2009.  Of these, up to 25 winners will be selected by a jury of distinguished nutrition and development experts, to receive awards of up to US$40,000.

For more information, visit their website at http://go.worldbank.org/OC44S3YCY0.

Are we prepared? The case of the disappearing fish

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"Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation." (Roger Staubach)

Warming of the oceans is one of the best known facts about global climate change. Ocean warming is already happening and is not subject to great uncertainty of predictions as far as I understand. So, is the world prepared to deal with warmer waters?

Awards and Funding Opportunities Search Engine

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The Communication Initiative (CI) provides Social Entrepreneurs and development organizations with a useful resource for finding awards and funding opportunities. The site allows users to search for awards/ opportunities by deadline, region, and development issue, and provides descriptions, including criteria, deadlines, and previous winners. When I looked today, there were 21 awards still open (with deadlines after March 11).

Disaster Risk Management and Climate Adaptation (part 2)

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Part 2 of 2.

I work on disaster risk management in East Asia and the Pacific. This is a region which faces increased disaster risk associated with climatic hazards, particularly from rising sea-levels, exposure to floods, droughts and tropical cyclones. Some scientists claim that for some islands in the Pacific it may already be too late. Adaptation may mean moving out to another country. The major challenge that we face is to shift the focus of attention and resources from post-disaster reconstruction to pre-disaster risk reduction and to integrate the disaster and climate change adaptation agendas across different levels and sectors of governance and the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders.


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