eC2: Analytical work on electric mobility programs

mo-rabat-tram-lukakikina-shutterstockDeadline: 03-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This activity will involve assembling global evidence and analysis on electric mobility programs and their impact on development. The objective is to help countries design electric mobility programs that are successful and effective at achieving their intended development aims across climate, economic, fiscal, and technical dimensions. The scope of analysis will consider (i) private vehicle transport; (ii) public transport; and (iii) freight transport. The firm / organization selected for this assignment will implement 3 core activities: 1. Data and information gathering on the current state of electric mobility around the world – including (i)status of key technologies; (ii) definition of key market participants; (iii) development of a database on ongoing or recently completed pilots or programs; 2. Collection of stakeholder views through interviews and surveys; and 3. Compilation of country case studies on electric mobility programs.

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The Missing Piece: Disability-Inclusive Education

down-syndrome-boy-with-phoneIn 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an inspirational target, SDG4 is integral to the well-being of our societies and economies – to the quality of life of all individuals.

Today, 65 million primary school-age children are not in school – close to half of them are children with disabilities. Even children with disabilities who do enroll are far less likely to complete school than others. Some estimates suggest that less than 5% of children with disabilities will graduate. This has led to a world where only 3% of adults with disabilities are literate – with, shockingly, only 1% of women with disabilities being literate.

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eC2: Large-Scale Dairy Farm Management Consultant

indexDeadline: 04-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is hiring a firm, which will support the Project on the design, testing and implementation of dairy farm reference models for large and medium sized dairy farms in Ukraine.

The Consultant will: 1) conduct the diagnostic of up to 10 dairy farms with an average size of between 300 and 2,000 dairy cows, 2) provide recommendations on improvement opportunities, 3) support the implementation of the recommended improvements 4) support IFC on developing 2 reference models for medium and large farms.
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eC2: Optimal Contribution of Natural Gas in the Indonesian Economy

energyDeadline: 03-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank seeks the services of an internationally recognized consulting firm to conduct a study on the current and potential contribution of gas to the Indonesian economy as a basis for informing policy directions and specific reforms across a range of industrial, power, transportation and household uses. The work will evaluate the gas value chain in each use of gas to identify the direct and indirect economic benefits and co-benefits of gas use (e.g. pollution abatement, lower carbon, security). It will identify barriers to the optimal use of gas and opportunities to overcome these through policy actions and public investments, including inter alia gas price, allocation and fiscal regulations.

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eC2: Scaling Solar Uzbekistan – Technical, Environmental and Social Consultant

Deadline: 02-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-Kenueone

IFC has been retained as lead transaction advisor by the Government of Uzbekistan to procure the development, construction and operation and maintenance of 100MW of utility scale solar PV power on a PPP basis under the Scaling Solar Program (the Project). As such, IFC is procuring a technical, environmental and social (E&S) consulting firm (or consortium) to advise on the Project. The assignment will be split in to several phases and is expected to include: Evaluation of a potential site (or sites); review of grid code and development of the PPA technical limits schedule; detailed site studies for selected site, including ground investigations, grid integration studies and E&S scoping in line with IFC Performance Standards; and support to the tender process (e.g. tailoring of technical specs, bid evaluation). Engineering firms should consider partnering with E&S firms to strengthen their E&S offering. Use of local partners for ground investigations and local E&S expertise is also recommended.

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Keeping the promise of inclusive Universal Health Coverage: new data can improve health services for LGBTI people

600-holding-hands-talashow-shutterstock_002.jpgWhen the door closed behind her, Maria’s world seemed to collapse. The mother of a girl and two boys had just learned that her eldest son, the teenager who became the pillar of the family after their father died, was not only in a deep depression and increasingly using alcohol but he was gay. She had noticed him becoming moodier and even heard he received a warning at his job for not showing up, something totally unlike him at all. She felt helpless but knew his depression had to stay hidden from the rest of the family and the neighbors as mental health problems brought with them social stigma. But she was most afraid someone would find out he was gay, causing the family to be ostracized and endangering the future of the other children.

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MDB Climate Finance Hit Record High of US$35.2 billion in 2017

1395245055298An increase of nearly 30 per cent on the previous year, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks.

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a seven-year high of $35.2 billion in 2017, up 28 per cent on the previous year.

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Official Statistics in a Post-Truth World

edelman-1Submitted by Haishan Fu On Thu, 06/14/2018

I’ve been thinking about the role of data and digital technology in today’s information landscape. New platforms and technologies have democratized access to much of the world’s knowledge, but they’ve also amplified disinformation that affects public discourse. In this context, the official statistics community plays a critical role in bringing credible, evidence-based information to the public.

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Achieving Financial Inclusion: Fintech, account usage, and innovation

Submitted by H.M. Queen Maxima of The Netherlands on June 14, 2018

For almost a decade, the global community and national governments have made concerted efforts to expand financial inclusion—creating a financial system that works for all and opens the doors to greater stability and equitable progress.

madagascar_0This has been a demanding challenge. At the start of our engagement on financial access back in 2013, we said that having a real target with an end date would keep us focused and give us a benchmark against which we could measure progress.

Last month we learned that we have made strong and consistent progress—a real cause for celebration. According to the Global Findex database, more than half a billion people gained a financial transaction account over the last three years, thanks to a combination of technology, private investment, policy reforms, and support from the global community. Since 2011, the share of adults with formal accounts has risen from 51 percent to 69 percent, and financial access has expanded to include an additional 1.2 billion people.

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eC2: Performance Diagnosis & Preparation of an Action Plan for the Performance Improvement of the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG)

Deadline: 30-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) GAS

To support the improvement of STEGs financial, technical, and commercial performance by (i) undertaking an operational and management diagnosis of the utility; (ii) designing a detailed plan for STEG to carry out necessary investments and reforms to meet the targets of its performance contract; and (iii) determining the current revenue requirement of STEG based on their cost structure and identifying the efficient revenue requirement for the next 10 years based on the improvements proposed in the performance improvement plan above.

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