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March 2009

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.

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

Aaron Leonard's picture

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

Rasmus Heltberg's picture

"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

Aaron Leonard's picture

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.

Disaster Risk Management and Climate Adaptation

Abhas Jha's picture

I grew up in a small town in India-Patna-beside one of the mightiest river systems in the world, the Ganges. It is hard to describe the sacred place that the river has in Indian daily life. From sprinkling the holy water on a new born baby to putting a few drops into the mouth of someone about to die to dissolving the ashes of the dead into her deep embrace, the Ganges is like a mother to most Indians (literally she is often referred to as Ganga Maiya or Mother Ganges). But she can be a tough disciplinarian as well. Growing up next to her teaches you a profound respect for nature and the havoc she can cause. Patna is the capital of the state of Bihar which is one of the poorest states in India. One of the primary reasons for the poverty of the state is the almost annual havoc caused by the flooding of the Ganges and her tributaries in which thousands of lives and billions of rupees are lost. I remember as a little boy waking up in fear late one night  hearing government jeeps warning everyone to get out of the way-the river was about to break over its embankments and flood the town.

Business Plan Competition to Promote Biogas Development

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The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) is sponsoring a business plan competition to promote biogas development in Northern Haiti. The winning proposal can win up to US$50,000 in grants and early-stage financing. The DEADLINE is THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009. For more information, click here or visit the AIDG website at www.aidg.org.