Based on the World Bank’s Global Solutions Group report, “Joining Forces for Better Services: When, Why, and How Water and Sanitation Utilities Can Benefit from Working Together.” The video introduces the report and toolkit resources that provide recommendations for successful aggregation. The recommendations are based on evidence and observed experiences rather than on theoretical considerations; and sometimes the advice runs counter to conventional wisdom with regard to aggregation practices.
This is the story of the aggregation of Águas do Ribatejo, and how it moved forward with a difficult aggregation that achieved the goal of better quality services and greater environmental sustainability.
This is the story of Mohammed, Sarah, and Abebe, three Ethiopian businesspeople who built successful companies exporting to the United States. It’s also the story of USAID, whose advice and exposure was exactly what these business owners needed. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs.
This is the story of Herschel Weeks, an American aid worker who has led projects in challenging places around the world for the past 25 years. As Chief of Party for a USDA program named CBCMP (Capacity Building and Change Management) Herschel shares why he thinks this is the most successful project he’s ever worked on. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs.
This is the story of the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture: wits more than 9,000 staff and tens of millions of dollars of new donor investments, it needed a way to track its assets. This is also the story of a USDA program named CBCMP (Capacity Building and Change Management) that helped them do it. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs.
Today many countries face political instability or are struggling to emerge from years of conflict. This threatens to destroy once vibrant businesses, sending more people into poverty. IFC works in fragile and conflict-affected countries to help businesses weather the difficulties through stronger corporate governance and by building up companies’ resilience, so they can emerge from crisis as powerful engines of economic growth. For more information, visit: www.ifc.org/corporategovernance
Imagine waiting for months for scarce rain that only erodes the soil instead of nurturing it. Land degradation is a complex problem that requires holistic solutions. See the video in Spanish: http://youtu.be/nt2Q0auQL1g
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, provides a range of specialized services designed to strengthen companies by improving corporate governance. In addition to providing assessments, improvement plans, and training, IFC also provides advice on improving board effectiveness, family business governance and the control environment. For more information, visit www.ifc.org/corporategovernance
Addressing the global challenge of fragility, conflict and violence is key to ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Fragility affects countries at all income levels, and risks such as enmate change and natural disasters can further destabilize communities. To tackle this complex landscape, the World Bank Group is taking a broader approach to fragility by focusing on prevention, and engaging during active conflict, transition and recovery. Humanitarian-development-peace partnerships are critical to success.
The aggregation of the Romanian water utility Raja Constanta was meant to improve performance, environmental standards, and efficiency. The expansion of the service area extended to both rural and urban areas, and ultimately 278 million Euros from the EU helped make much-needed infrastructure upgrades. The scope was comprehensive, covering both water and wastewater through production, distribution, collection, and treatment. Initially, aggregation was perceived as a top-down takeover of water services, and some localities were opposed to the design and especially the tariff increases. Ultimately, as leaders aligned local and national interests, the reform became more popular. And it set the stage for modern services for the next generations of Romanians.