Development Marketplace couldn't happen without its sponsors, who donated nearly $5 million for this year's event. Here they are, from left, at the Friday morning awards ceremony -- William Ehlers, team leader of the Global Environment Facility; Elwyn Grainer-Jones of the International Fund for Agricultural Development; Danish Ambassador to the U.S. Friss Arne Petersen; Warren Evans, World Bank Environment Director; and Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President of the World Bank Institute.
From mangrove forests to the Amazon Basin to the High Andes, Latin America and the Caribbean are threatened by climate change. And so are Indigenous Peoples who live in these sensitive environments.
So it's not that surprising, perhaps, that of the 100 finalists in DM2009, 39 come from Latin American and Caribbean countries -- 12 from Peru alone.
One of the Peru projects seeks to "blend Western science and indigenous knowledge systems [and] know-how" to help bring buen vivir (good living) to the indigenous community of Potato Park in the High Andes through the development of new tuber varieties resistant to extreme climate conditions.
"Extreme conditions are showing up more often with more force throughout the region," said Alejandro Argumedo, director of the Association ANDES project (in photo at left with researcher Katrina Quisumbing King). "With global warming we are seeing the emergence of a new climate, and it's coming very fast."
In Belize, "the impact of climate change is exacerbated by a combination of deforestation and tourism that is shrinking the mangrove forests that act as a sponge against storm-caused flooding," said Gregory Ch'oc, executive director of Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (in photo at right with technical coordinator Lynette Gomez). The indigenous communities of this ecoystem are heavily impacted by the natural and manmade forces of destruction. Ch'oc's group seeks to help one hard hit indigenous district with community-based solutions for forest management that would begin with an inventory of the flora at risk.
Looking at the 11 finalist projects he was assisgned to evaluate, juror Fred Onduri says: "I am so impressed. I would give them all a thumbs up. I wish they could all be winners."
Onduri, who is chair of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as head of the Policy and Planning Department of the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is one of the 40 jurors who took a searching look at the 100 projects that were winnowed from the 1,750 applications proposing early-stage adaptation to climate change. Their goal was to choose up to 25 winners.
Onduri said the winners would have a better chance of long-term success if they were incorporated in the national priorities of the governments of the countries where the projects would be undertaken. "Their funding will carry them for about two years," Onduri said. "That's not enough. Sustainability is very critical."
He also said that the winning projects' chance of ultimate success would be improved if jurors could offers ways to improve the proposals, especially in closing what he called "the sustainability gap."
Onduri and his colleagues used five criteria in their evaluations:
The following post was submitted by Tom Pesek, Liaison Officer of the International Fund for Agricultural Development:
Speaking to participants at the 2009 Development Marketplace, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the future. There are 100 finalists from nearly 50 countries here at the World Bank in Washington. They are all participating in this year’s global grant competition, which is focused on climate adaptation.
These social entrepreneurs were selected from over 1,700 applicants. Taken together, their projects represent “100 ideas to save the planet and its people from the effects of a changing climate.” This may seem like quite a tall order, but among these innovators, no challenge seems too great. In fact, one wonders how the DM jurors will manage to select which up to 25 project proposals most deserve to be funded.
Agriculture is where climate change, food security, and poverty reduction intersect. In addressing the challenge of food security and climate change, we face the inter-related challenges of doubling food production by 2050, adapting agricultural productivity to shifting weather patterns, and minimizing agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, while maximizing its potential to mitigate climate change. We will need substantial new resources, new ideas, and new ways of doing business to address these challenges.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development believes that the Development Marketplace is an excellent platform for scouting and collecting new ideas from diverse sources, fostering innovative solutions, and developing partnerships in support of climate change adaptation. (Photo of IFAD exhibit above.) That’s why we were so pleased to be one of this year’s sponsor. In addition to contributing to the grants, we will be offering our experience and technical advice to the winners over the next two years.
Here's what's happening on the DM live webcasts today (Wednesday, Nov. 11) and Thursday (Nov. 12):
- 11:00 am - 11:15 am: Daniel Mira, Environment Department, Latin America region, World Bank.
- 11:15 am -11:30 am: Edward Cameron, Social Development Department, World Bank.
- 11:30 am - 11:45: John Garrison, EXT, World Bank, focus on civil society, and Helen Marquard, SEED Inititaive.
- 11:45 am - 12:00 pm: Interview with finalist on Index-based rainfall insurance in Indonesia.
- 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm: Jim Koch, Santa Clara - Global Social Benefit Incubator.
- 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm: Ian Noble, World Bank expert on climate adaptation.
- 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm: Fred Ondun, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- 12:45 pm - 01:00 pm: Mara Bun, Green Cross.
- 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Warren Evans, Director, Environment Department, World Bank .
- 01:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Marianne Fay, Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank (photo at right).
It's very important for all finalists to be at their booths by 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. That's when the jurors will begin making their rounds and continue until 3 in the afternoon.
The jurors will go round in pairs. Each finalist will be interviewed twice.
So, set your alarm, grab that coffee, or tea, or whatever, and get yourself to your booth on time.
And knock out those jurors. They'll want to know all the technical stuff behind your project, but they'll be looking for your passion, too. Show it!
- The World Region
- Urban Development
- Social Development
- Public Sector and Governance
- Private Sector Development
- Culture and Development
- Communities and Human Settlements
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Indigenous Peoples
- Climate Change
Graeme Wheeler, who is spearheading the World Bank's mission to develop and share knowledge and innovation, gave a big boost to Development Marketplace at the opening session of DM2009 this morning (Nov. 10).
Addressing the 100 finalists in the global competition (photo at left), Wheeler, who is the Bank's Managing Director, Operations, linked DM with the Bank's recent Global Innovation Days.
"These two events -- Global Innovation Days and Development Marketplace -- will be the two cornerstones of our partnering in knowledge and learning....It's extremely valuable that the thematic focus of this year's Development Markeplace is climate change adaptation.....Climate change is the largest externality challenge of our time. It is the most difficult public policy problem faced by the current generation of policy makers and policy advisers."
Wheeler also said, "In the World Bank Group, we see knowledge as the key element of our corporate DNA....Loans alone cannot solve the the development challenge. What makes value is our ability to create, find, and deliver innovative solutions to our clients."
Almost needless to say, innovation is key to DM 2009.
The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is only a few weeks away and climate change negotiators are working day and night to identify the common ground for an agreement.
I see three key issues in the negotiations:
1. Setting of targets by developed countries for greenhouse gas emission reduction.
2. Commitment by developing countries to actions on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
3. Financing of adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.
These are very difficult issues, but let me state the obvious: We cannot compromise on our ambitions to limit man made global warming to a maximum of two degrees centigrade, and thus have a good chance to adapt to the consequent impacts.
Science is very clear on this point: If we continue to increase the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, we are bound to pass a number of critical tipping points that may lead to dire consequences. And it is also clear that we can halt or change the trend. It is doable and indeed profitable compared to the cost of inaction, the cost of doing nothing.
My aspiration for Copenhagen is simple: We must conclude a binding agreement that will set the world on the path to limit global warming to a maximum of two degrees.
Hurricanes, typhoons, and flooding -- some of the extreme weather conditions that the finalists tackled in their projects -- upset the plans of several international competitors to come to the DM2009 competition in Washington.
The longest delay was encountered by Nidia Matamoros (photo at left), a member of the Miskito indigenous group in Nicaragua, whose home was flooded by Hurricane Ida. From start to finish, Matamoros logged 102 hours from the time the first leg of her flight was originally scheduled to leave Managua's airport -- Nov. 5 -- to her arrival at Reagan Washington National Airport at 1 a.m. Monday morning, Nov. 9.
'I'm proud, I'm excited, I'm happy," Matamoros said at the orientation session that opened the four-day DM2009 program Monday afternoon. "This is the first time the Miskito communities have participated so fully in such an event."
Summing up her marathon journey, Matamoros said, "It's too much. I need a siesta."
The project she's working would would establish Maya Nut "food forests" in Miskito communities to produce up to 5 million pounds of food worth US$3 million to improve the nutrition of as many as 2,500 Miskito children. It would also restore wild game, including deer and fish, and protect 30 miles of rivers from flooding and erosion.
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Philippines finalist Eugenio Manalo decided not to accompany his project's team to Washington so he could stay behind and work on relief for those hit by four typhoons in the late summer and early fall that caused extensive flooding and loss of life.
Belize finalist Lisel Alamilla, facing poor road conditions in the southern part of her country, had to arrange for a flight via a chartered single-engine Cessna from Punta Gorda to Belize City's airport to get her connecting flight to Miami. She produced a handwritten receipt for reimbursement.