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Development Marketplace seeks volunteers to help assess innovative climate change ideas

Rasmus Heltberg's picture

Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grants program administered by the World Bank that identifies and funds innovative, early-stage projects that deliver results and have a high potential for scale-up.

This year's global competition on Climate Adaptation (DM 2009) focuses on (i) Resilience of Indigenous People's Communities to Climate Risks; (ii) Climate Risk Management with Multiple Benefits; and (iii) Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management.

For every annual DM global competition, over 200 assessors (including some World Bank staff) volunteer to review proposals and select finalists. We are seeking development professionals with expertise in climate change adaptation to help identify the 100 finalists. Assessors commit to volunteer approximately 5-7 hours between June 4-10, 2009 to review 30-40 proposals  and submit online the ranking of their top eight most innovative proposals.

Give Creativity the Respect it Deserves

Saadia Iqbal's picture

Growing up, many of us receive a horde of unwanted advice in the name of our supposed wellbeing:

“Study accounting or management so you can get a paying job!” “Learn cooking rather than singing!” “You'll do it this way because that’s how it's always done!” “Let others change the world; you just focus on your career!”

2009 DELL Global Small Business Excellence Award - Proposals Due Tomorrow!

Aaron Leonard's picture

The 2009 DELL Small Business Excellence Award (www.dell.com/ceaward) offers small businesses in 13 countries the chance to win $50,000 in technology solutions.  The award, sponsored by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)and Endeavor, gives small businesses applying technology in innovative ways to better serve customers a chance at up to $50,000 in Dell solutions and a meeting wit

New Rural Livelihoods Web site!

Melissa Williams's picture

We've launched a new Web site!  Yes, even though there are over 100 million Web sites on the Internet, we decided to add one more:

http://www.worldbank.org/rurallivelihoods

And we hope it will be quite useful to those who are interested in designing programs to support rural livelihoods.  Now, please keep in mind that this is a young Web site (just an infant, really), and it will be growing and maturing over the next several months.

Work with Nature, Not Against It

Andrew Hamilton's picture

With more than the first hints of spring here in DC in the form of my childrens spring break holiday, daffodils and green shoots including weeds in my flower beds!  I am able to step off my busy professional schedule at IFC to read ‘The End of Poverty’ by Jeffrey Sachs, reflect and blog again. With the wonder of spring literally upon me (I need to get mulching later) I am moved to reflect on agriculture everywhere which is really a very delicate balancing act between nature and human intervention.

China Development Marketplace: Over US$1 Million Awarded to 50 Innovative Projects

Elena Altieri's picture

On October 22, 2008 fifty winners were announced at the end of this year China Development Marketplace entitled “Supporting Grassroots Innovations for a Harmonious Society.”  With a total award pool of US $ 1 million, this competition identified efforts targeting poverty reduction and addressing development ch

China ideas marketplace uses entrepreneurial spirit to tackle social issues

David Dollar's picture

A woman explains a project to restore education in the part of Gansu, China, hit by last May's earthquake. Grassroots civil society organizations proposed innovative project ideas this week addressing development issues at the China Development Marketplace.


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