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Permitting and Licensing Regimes for Renewable Energy Projects

July, 2015

Permitting, licensing, and other
authorization procedures are an integral part of investing
in renewable energy. For private companies, the quality of
these procedures can drastically affect transaction costs
and project risk. Optimal regimes are tailored to country
specifics and depend on the way in which private investors
access the market in the first place—from auctions to
site-specific tenders to standardized contracts on a

Ukraine Recovery and Peacebuiding Assessment

June, 2015

In mid-2014, the Government of Ukraine
(GoU) requested technical assistance and financial support
from the inter¬national community to assess and plan
priority recovery and peacebuilding efforts in the
conflict-affected regions of eastern Ukraine. Following
these requests, and within the framework of the 2008 Joint
Declaration on Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery
Planning, the EU, UN, and WBG agreed to support the

Metropolitan Governance in Brazil

June, 2015

In less than fifty years, Brazil evolved
from a predominantly rural society and economy to a highly
urbanized country in which 85 percent of its people now live
in urban areas and more than 90 percent of the country’s GDP
is generated in the cities. This rapid urbanization process
was characterized by a lack of planning and an enduring
framework of inequality, resulting in high degrees of
concentrated poverty in the urban areas. Much of this

Republic of Congo Public Expenditure Management and Financial Accountability Review

Reports & Research
Training Resources & Tools
May, 2015

The Republic of Congo (Congo) boasts numerous assets that can be harnessed to build a strong and robust economy. These assets are oil, ore such as iron and potash, arable lands, and a young population. Congo is the fourth largest oil producer among West and Central African countries, both in total production (260,000 barrels per day) and production per capita terms.

Decision No. 734/QD-TTg approving the adjusted master plan on socio-economic development of Dong Nai province through 2020, with a vision toward 2025.

May, 2015

This Decision approves the adjusted master plan on socio-economic development of Dong Nai province through 2020, with a vision toward 2025, with the following principal contents: To further bring into play the existing comparative advantages and internal resources in association with mobilizing external resources to maintain a fast and stable growth rate. To develop industries in depth and in an environment-friendly manner, prioritize the attraction of investment in hi-tech industrial projects and supporting industries of mechanical engineering, electricity and electronics.

Leveraging Oil and Gas Industry for the Development of a Competitive Private Sector in Uganda

May, 2015

The study represents a background study
for the proposed Uganda Country Economic Memorandum (CEM),
which seeks to address the issue of efficient use of oil
resources and examine synergies between the oil industry and
the rest of the economy, through growth poles or linkages.
The oil industry can help Uganda to promote robust growth in
the economy. However, it is important to keep in mind that
it will take a number of years until oil revenues start

Results in the Latin America and Caribbean Region 2015, Volume 5

May, 2015

In the past decade, Latin America and
the Caribbean has achieved impressive social and economic
successes. For the first time in history, more people are in
the middle class than in poverty. Inequality, although still
high, declined markedly. Growth, jobs and effective social
programs have transformed the lives of millions. In a
striking departure from the crisis-prone Latin America of
the past, the region has shown it is better prepared to

Decarbonizing Development

Training Resources & Tools
Policy Papers & Briefs
May, 2015

Stabilizing climate change entails bringing net emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) to zero. CO2 stays in the atmosphere for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. As long as we emit more than we capture or offset through carbon sinks (such as forests), concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere will keep rising, and the climate will keep warming. Countries can follow three principles in their efforts to create a zero-carbon future: (a) planning ahead for a future with zero emissions, (b) getting carbon prices and policies right, and (c) smoothing the transition and protecting the poor.

Strategic Environmental Assessment for Industry Sector Himachal Pradesh, India

April, 2015

This strategic environmental assessment
(SEA) is a technical piece intended to assist in the current
and future identification of priority industrial pollutants
and economic instruments to minimize industrial waste. This
industrial sector SEA is one of six pieces of technical
support envisioned by the Himachal Pradesh (HP) inclusive
green growth (IGG) development policy loan (DPL) to fill
knowledge gaps and strengthen operational success of the

The Nuts and Bolts of Baseline Setting

April, 2015

This document provides an overview of
baseline setting for greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting
mechanisms. The first section briefly explains the general
purpose and objectives of setting a crediting mechanism
baseline. The second section summarizes key policy
considerations in defining and setting baselines. The final
section covers important technical elements of baselines and
provides an overview of various methods that can be used to