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Credit Suisse joins global 2030 WRG Governing Council

Credit Suisse has joined the 2030 Water Resources Group to support 2030 WRG activities globally and in its country programs. The collaboration will focus on strengthening multi-stakeholder cooperation between public, private, and civil society actors on sustainable water resources management.

As a global financial institution, Credit Suisse has been active in the sustainable investment space for almost 20 years. In 2020, the institution announced its ambition to align its activities with the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. The bank is constantly broadening their sustainable investment offering and aligning it more and more closely with the SDGs. Other activities in support of the SDGs include Credit Suisse’s environmental management system as well as their long-standing global initiatives in education and financial inclusion.

We welcome Credit Suisse as a 2030 WRG global partner, bringing in solid expertise on financial innovation and a strong focus on finance facilitation for water sector outcomes.

Vacancy Notice | Communications Consultant – 2030 WRG Maharashtra

Location: Mumbai, India (Remote working)

ANNEX A (Include Procurement Code)

Background / General Description:

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society global multi-donor trust fund hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG). 2030 WRG supports stakeholders in collective decision making, and in co-designing out-of-the-box solutions that promote strong socio-economic development across all sectors connected to water. The partnership was incubated at the World Economic Forum (2008–2012) and formally administered by the International Finance Corporation (2012–2017) before being hosted by the WBG (2018).

2030 WRG approach 

2030 WRG is a global leader in building partnerships for better water management. Overcoming the world’s water crisis requires governments, the private sector, and civil society to innovate and solve problems together. The partnership promotes collective action to value water as a finite resource, building enduring partnerships for action at local, national, regional, and global levels. With more than 900 partners around the world, 2030 WRG’s cross-cutting platforms help to drive systemic change and advance transformative leadership of institutions. The partnership develops innovative solutions to water challenges that are fair, practical, and evidence-based – and 2030 WRG mobilizes finance to support ground-breaking projects.

2030 WRG is a trusted partner for governments, businesses, and civil society. The partnership provides neutral, multi-stakeholder platforms for these groups to work together to build mutual trust and develop innovative solutions. 2030 WRG has facilitated over US $ 890 million in investments in infrastructure and technology for water-related programs. Together with its partners, 2030 WRG works to: encourage society to value water better, improve water-use efficiency, promote the use of recycled wastewater, unlock investment for ground-breaking projects, and improve data quality and availability for informed decision-making.

The 2030 WRG is active in 18 countries and states, including India (in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh and India National), Bangladesh, Mongolia, Peru, Kenya, Vietnam among others. In May 2017, 2030 WRG in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra, private sector companies, and civil society organizations formalized a Water Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP), chaired by the Chief Secretary with the following workstreams:

  • Water and Livelihood Security in Rain-fed Agricultural Areas
  • Command Area Water Productivity
  • Wastewater Reuse and Management
  • Industrial Water Security and Efficiency

In addition to the four workstreams mentioned above, 2030 WRG is spearheading four cross-cutting initiatives related to Gender-Water-Agriculture, Water Accounting, Alternative Financing and Disruptive Technologies for the water sector. In all of the above-mentioned work themes, the 2030 WRG team brings innovations in support of its primary mission of promoting water use efficiency.

The 2030 WRG Maharashtra Program plans to increase its visibility and outreach, towards widening the presence and participation of the public sector, private sector and civil society organizations to work on various initiatives in the agri-water, industrial-water and urban water landscape in Maharashtra. It plans to do so through a coordinated and collaborative strategy to communicate about the progress of initiatives of the MSP through multiple channels,  organize more knowledge sharing and awareness building events and webinars to invite multi-stakeholder participation, create more content for online and digital media. In order to support this plan, 2030 WRG is looking for a Communication Consultant based in Mumbai .

Scope of Work:

The Communications Consultant will report to the 2030 WRG Maharashtra Coordinator and will work in close coordination with the India Country Coordinator, and the Asia communications focal point on deliverables in communications related activities. The 2030 WRG Maharashtra team will provide technical and other support as necessary for the tasks mentioned below:

Expected Tasks:

Task 1 : Create a Content Calendar for the year covering all aspects of content including Newsletters, Blogs, Videos etc. along with communication creatives that can be used to engage, re-engage with MSP and other partners. Map communication strategies of other similar organization and trends.

Task 2: Develop and disseminate quarterly Newsletters of the Maharashtra Program to its partners and stakeholders

Task 3: Support in the development of blogs, articles, reports, concept notes, publications, videos  and marketing collateral along with media agencies / outlets and 2030 WRG Global Comms team to amplify and socialize the initiatives of the Maharashtra Program.

Task 4: Support in organizing Webinars, online events and support in the creation of associated pre and post event material related to workstreams and taskforce meetings within the Maharashtra Program

Task 5: Develop and implement a social media plan, in consultation with the Maharashtra Coordinator and support in creation of relevant content and maintain existing social media accounts for the program. Ensure good maintenance and updating of social media handles in collaboration with Asia Team

Task 6: Support the 2030 WRG India team on any specific Communications related outreach or related programs from time to time

Duration of Contract:

This is a Short Term Consultant Contract and will commence from July 1st, 2021 to June 30th, 2022.  The assignment will be for an initial period of 75 days and extendable as per requirement and review of deliverables.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 7-10 years of professional experience in the corporate/development sector, in a relevant discipline (communication, marketing, journalism, media), of which at least 3years should be in the development or social sector
  • Proven writing and speaking skills in English, Hindi and Marathi and an ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, direct, and engaging style
  • Editorial mindset with an ability to predict audience preferences
  • Demonstrated competency in social media (Twitter, LinkedIn), information channels, and communication tools and ability to assist, consult or coordinate with others to ensure proper communication of the program and its activities.
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated proficiency in content management, writing/ storytelling for designing communications products, including social media assets, with a purposeful structure, clarity of ideas, and the logical persuasive presentation of content
  • Knowledge and experience in the distribution, design, and delivery of communications products and in other information dissemination activities
  • Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated proficiency at a level sufficient to assist, consult and coordinate in the planning, development, and execution of communication strategies for projects and situations.
  • A degree in marketing with proven working experience in the digital marketing and communication space desirable
  • Knowledge of online tools such as WordPress and Mailchimp desirable.

Regarding the application process, please find the instructions below:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and list of at least three references to ksachwani@worldbank.org and mpahlajani@worldbank.org no later than Saturday, July 10, 2021.Kindly use the subject line “2030 WRG Maharashtra Communications Consultant”.

Farmers from 2030 WRG-backed ITC and WRD project in Maharashtra win “Women Water Champions” award

Women play a critical role in managing water for their families, on farms, and in their communities, but their contributions as water managers and providers are often overlooked in many parts of the world. Recently, the #WaterMatters: Agenda 2030 alliance of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) honored 41 “Women Water Champions” (WWCs) in India for their exemplary efforts in making path-breaking efforts toward improved water management.

Among the recipients of the WWC award this year were Kanchan Jadhav and Ujjwala Gaghade, farmers from Junnar Taluka, Pune District in the State of Maharashtra, India. Recognized for their adoption of innovative water-saving irrigation methods, both women have also increased their crop yields and trained fellow farmers in water management and conservation, crop water management techniques, and the use of drip irrigation.

Located within the Kukadi command area, Kanchan and Ujjwala received support from ITC Limited in collaboration with the Water Resources Department (WRD), Government of Maharashtra. ITC and WRD signed an MoU facilitated by the 2030 Water Resources Group partnership in Maharashtra, under the workstream on Command Area Water Productivity. ITC signed the MoU to work in four command areas measuring around 200,000 hectares to capacitate the farmers and Water User Associations for water-use efficiency, productivity, and market linkages. ITC has been active in the area since June 2018.

“Water is like gold in terms of value,” says Kanchan. “Everyone should value it and use it as required and keep it secure for tomorrow.”

Digital Water Platform and Dashboard launched in Mongolia

2030 WRG has facilitated the development of a data architecture to understand groundwater availability, as well as support predictions of groundwater levels and data anomalies using pioneering machine learning algorithms, laying the foundation for a digital water platform and dashboard in Mongolia.

The team presented the final results of the analysis in a multi-stakeholder meeting recently to Mr. Myagmar, Director-General of Water Authority, and Mr. Munkhbat, Director-General of Water Policy Coordination Department, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, along with other stakeholders. The two officials appreciated the groundwater dashboard developed under the project and the results of the predictions.

Mr. Myagmar also indicated that the Water Authority takes responsibility for the sustainable operation of the dashboard in the future and for adopting the key principles under this initiative to other parts of the country.

See or download the report here >>

Special Feature Story: Shaping Policy on Valuing Water in Bangladesh

By Jennifer Moeller-Gulland and Toaha Muhammad

In the land of the world’s largest river delta, famous for its epic monsoons, millions of people do not have safe drinking water. Many Bangladeshis spend each day collecting water and making it safe enough to use, taking time from other necessary activities such as childcare, education, and household chores. These indirect costs need to be considered alongside direct threats to human and environmental health when making decisions and investments relating to water management and socio-economic development. In a country where most water services do not have a price tag to allow for cost recovery, we need to value water better – not necessarily through pricing, but through sustainable actions.

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2030 WRG celebrates World Water Day with partners

World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater. It is coordinated by UN-Water and led by one or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a related mandate. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is […]

Webinar on PPPs in Water Supply and Sanitation Kicks Off Tripartite Series To Accelerate Private Sector Participation In Kenyan Water Sector

Nairobi – Over 100 virtual participants attended the inaugural webinar hosted by 2030 WRG together with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) on Friday, 26th February. The series of three webinars aims to highlight business opportunities for private companies in the Kenyan water sector, bringing together public and private sector actors to deliberate on the opportunities that exist as well as develop strategies to take to scale proven innovations.

The first webinar focused on opportunities within the water supply and sanitation sub-sector and explored private-public-partnerships (PPPs) as a mechanism to help strengthen the resilience of urban water supply services.

Under Sustainable Development Goal 6, Kenya has committed itself to achieve by 2030 universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water and sanitation for all. For a country classified as a middle-income economy, Kenya’s performance on water and sanitation indicators is weaker than expected, and the situation is worsening as the population increases. Despite some progress over the last decade only 59% of Kenyans have access to basic water services and only 29% have access to sanitary services.[1]

The country’s water utilities, meanwhile, are increasingly facing a multiplicity of challenges including high energy costs, low revenue streams, high volumes of network water losses attributed to ageing water infrastructure, inefficient billing systems, illegal connections and a sub-optimal asset management regime.  These pre-existing systemic constraints have been compounded further by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic’s impact on urban utility services has served to highlight the underlying weak resilience and weak adaptive capacity of the utilities. Beyond the pandemic, significant recovery efforts will be needed to build back more resilient water utilities while expanding access to water and sanitation services.

The virtual event provided participants with an overview of the opportunity landscape in WSS, and explored finance and technology opportunities for PPPs in water and sanitation services; presented the policy, legal and regulatory framework for private sector investment in water and sanitation service provision, and identified existing bottlenecks to increasing private sector participation in the provision of water and sanitation services.

The next webinars in the series will focus on expanding farmer-led irrigation and wastewater and circular economy, respectively.

If you would like to attend either of these virtual events, please sign up to the Kenya partnership mailing list to receive an invitation.

Webinar #2: Expanding Farmer-Led Irrigation in Kenya

A discussion on how best to scale farmer-led irrigation development (FLID)

Session A: 10:30am – 1:00 pm EAT, Friday 12 March

Click here to register

Webinar #3: Wastewater and circular economy

Leveraging public-private-partnerships to mainstream a circular economy approach in wastewater management in Kenya

10:30am – 12:00 pm EAT, Friday 26 March

Participation is free of charge.

 

 

[1] WHO, UNICEF, 2019, WASH Joint Monitoring Programme Report.

PRESS RELEASE | Hungary, IFC, and 2030 WRG Expand on Successful Partnership to Create Markets and Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Rice Paddy

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2021 – The Government of Hungary and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, formally kicked off the next phase of their partnership today, agreeing to work together on IFC’s creating markets strategy and on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The expanded partnership builds on Hungary’s initial investment in 2014 which provided $20 million of contributions to agribusiness, energy, health, and water management sectors in middle-income countries, benefitting 33 million people.

This next phase of the partnership is providing an additional $10 million for IFC’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, its upstream advisory work to unlock more bankable projects that lead to private sector investments, and to the mission of the 2030 Water Resources Group, hosted by the World Bank.

“This partnership is very important for Hungary, which aims to support advisory programs and create new market opportunities to further increase the visibility of Hungarian support for private sector development among relevant stakeholders. The IFC Trust Fund will have a stronger focus of advisory activities on thematic areas in the selected countries as well as focusing on green growth including water and climate-smart solutions, SME finance and information and communications technology,” said Gábor Gion, Minister of State of the Hungarian Ministry of Finance.

“Expanding the Hungary-IFC partnership is a celebration on two fronts: it’s an opportunity to take stock of all that has been accomplished and an opportunity to imagine what more we can do together,” said Karin Finkelston, Vice President of Partnerships, Communication, and Outreach at IFC. “IFC’s partnership with Hungary has changed lives for the better by unlocking opportunities for small businesses, addressing climate change, and improving water management.”

The expansion and extension of the Hungary-IFC partnership comes at a critical time for development, as the world enters the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and private sector investment in emerging markets is necessary to revive economies.

“Through this collaboration we look forward to deepening our engagement with countries to amplify impact, and combine our strengths in incubation of new solutions and private sector mobilization with financing strengths and technical know-how to achieve a Water-Secure World for All,” said Juergen Voegele, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank.

To date, the Hungary-IFC partnership has disbursed 49,567 small and medium enterprise (SME) loans and 8,399 sustainable energy finance (SEF) loans. These represent a value of $408 million in SME loans and $80 billion in SEF loans. Geographically, the Hungary-IFC partnership covers 31 countries with the largest funds allocated to East Asia (32%), Eastern Europe (29%), and Africa (15%).

Press Contact:
Trevor Harris Kincaid
tkincaid@ifc.org
(202) 629-8263

Launch of 2030 WRG São Paulo Steering Committee

December 2020 – Our team in Brazil launched the 2030 WRG São Paulo Steering Committee, which is chaired by the State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment and is comprised of more than 15 representatives from the public and private sectors as well as civil society and academia.

The Steering Committee has been launched as a space for dialogue and collaboration to promote and scale-up efforts around water and sanitation, with a special focus on the circular economy in São Paulo. Participants exchanged ideas around these topics, learned about 2030 WRG’s current initiatives, and discussed potential areas of collaborative action. To learn more about our work in São Paulo, click here.