Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for the Poor – Somalia

Pro-Poor Access to Water and Sanitation – Hargeisa Case Study

This study will be driven by the following research questions:

1. Who are the poorest people/households in Hargeisa? How do we define them and where do we find them?
2. What access and service levels do the poor have to water and sanitation?
3. How do the poorest suffer disproportionately from their condition of access to W&S in terms of costs and health?
4. What opportunities exist to improve conditions of the poorest?

The case study will require a mixed methods approach.

The quantitative aspects include analysis of two data sets: WB poverty study and MICS as well as the design and implementation of a structured household sample survey.

The qualitative aspects will include focus group discussions – or similar methods – on the constraints to and opportunities for improving service delivery to the poor.
See full tender here: Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for the Poor – Somalia.

Expression of Interest Deadline: 22 January 2015. Expression of interest to be submitted via the eConsultant2 website. Request for expression of interest for selection #1169904.

LED Street Lighting Retrofit Project in Surabaya, Indonesia

Street lighting retrofit with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology in Surabaya offers a significant energy and cost savings potential for the city government. Under the Sustainable Energy and Emissions Planning or SUEEP Program ( the World Bank is supporting a program of technical assistance in introducing a private sector company in the street lighting system of a major city in Indonesia through a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.

The scope of the project is to identify an international Technical Consultant (Consultant) who will be responsible to assess independently the feasibility of performing a pilot demonstration of replacing inefficient street lighting lamps with modern efficient LED lamps (Pilot) in Surabaya on a sample basis in order to demonstrate the energy savings, emissions reduction and financial benefits that may be realized by the City Government of Surabaya (CGS) should they pursue the project.

This project is financed under the ESMAP (Energy Sector Management Assistance Program) Trust Fund. The consultant will be an individual.

See full tender here: LED Street Lighting Retrofit Project – Surabaya, Indonesia.

Expression of Interest Deadline: 22 January 2015. Expression of interest to be submitted via the eConsultant2 website.

Analytical Work & TA Ganga River Basin, India

The terms of reference of the assignment outline a major program of work to support the strategic basin planning efforts of Government of India over a two to three year period. The focus of the project is on technical assistance to government though modelling and analytical work combined with capacity building.

The high-level objectives of the project are:
(i) To significantly strengthen the capability of relevant central and state government agencies to undertake comprehensive evidence-based strategic basin planning for the Ganga River basin;
(ii) To develop, document and disseminate (through detailed analytical work and stakeholder engagement) a set of plausible scenarios that balance significantly improving the health of the river and maintaining an acceptable level of economic productivity, and;
(iii) To build stronger and more accessible information and knowledge base to guide ongoing dialogue around and management of the Ganga River basin.

See full tender here: Strategic basin planning for Ganga River Basin – India.

Expression of Interest Deadline: 29 January 2015. Expression of interest to be submitted via the eConsultant2 website.

IFC Global Private Health Conference 2015



“In its sixth year, the IFC Global Private Health Conference will provide a unique environment for leaders in the health industry from developed and emerging markets to exchange ideas, knowledge and best practices. The conference is a great opportunity to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones.”

More information can be found here.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00 AM – Wednesday, May 13, 2015 3:00 PM
Central Europe Time

Marriott Prague
V Celnici 8, Praha 1 110 00 Czech Republic

Registration Deadline
Friday, May 8, 2015

WB Job opening: Senior Agriculture Economist – Dakar, Senegal

Job Title: Senior Agriculture Economist
Job Family: Agriculture & Rural Development
Job Type: Professional & Technical
Grade: GG
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Recruitment Type: International Hire
Language Requirement: English [Essential]; French [Essential]
Closing Date: 20-Jan-2015

GFADR seeks a Senior Agriculture Economist to support its strategic, advisory, and operational work in Senegal and where needed elsewhere.  The Bank has a very active engagement on agriculture in Senegal, consisting of a significant portfolio of projects covering among other agricultural research, food security, agribusiness and value-chain development.  There is a very active policy dialogue and close coordination with other development partners.  Agriculture also figures highly in Senegal’s country partnership strategy.

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Myanmar Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project

Update: Project Appraisal Document now available!

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Update: Project Appraisal Document now available!

Myanmar is a land and water rich country. Providing reliable access to water of good quality at an affordable price creates economic opportunities. The program development objective for the Series of Projects (of which the AIRBM will be the first) is to strengthen integrated, climate resilient management and development of the Ayeyarwady River Basin and national water resources.

The project design includes three interrelated investment components plus a contingency component to allow for rapid reallocation of funds if emergencies arise.

Development Objective

The program development objective for the Series of Projects (of which the AIRBM will be the first) is to strengthen integrated, climate resilient management and development of the Ayeyarwady River Basin and national water resources.

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Global Economic Prospects

The World Bank Group published its Global EcInfographiconomic Prospects (GEP) report yesterday, January 13, 2015.

After growing by an estimated 2.6 percent in 2014, the global economy is projected to expand by 3 percent this year, 3.3 percent in 2016 and 3.2 percent in 2017, predicts the Bank’s twice-yearly flagship. Developing countries grew by 4.4 percent in 2014 and are expected to edge up to 4.8 percent in 2015, strengthening to 5.3 and 5.4 percent in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

“In this uncertain economic environment, developing countries need to judiciously deploy their resources to support social programs with a laser-like focus on the poor and undertake structural reforms that invest in people,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “It’s also critical for countries to remove any unnecessary roadblocks for private sector investment. The private sector is by far the greatest source of jobs and that can lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.”

Read the World Bank press release here.





Procurement Seminar Multilateral Development Banks

On Wednesday January 21, will organize a procurement seminar focused on the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). The World Bank and various regional MDBs – the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) – will present the elements of successful tenders.

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Operational Procurement vs Corporate Procurement

Over the last couple of months you may have noticed that we have published multiple tender announcements and opportunities on our blog, both under the ‘eConsultant2’ tab and the ‘Projects’ tab. You might be wondering, what is the difference? The difference between the opportunities published relates to the procuring entity. The Corporate Procurement (eConsultant2) is procured by the i-love-procurement2World Bank itself, while Operational Procurement (Projects) is procured by the borrowing countries. With operational procurement, the role of the World Bank is limited to oversight and issuing a ‘no objection’ – the World Bank has an oversight role in this but does not run the procurement process. Continue reading

Ebola Hampering Household Economies across Liberia and Sierra Leone

Press release published on the World Bank website.

Latest surveys point to declines in employment, food insecurity, and long-term welfare concerns

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2014—The socio-economic impacts of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone are far-reaching and persistent, according to two new World Bank Group reports. Both countries continue to experience job losses, despite their differing health outlooks. These impacts have not been limited to the areas where infections have been the highest, which points to economy-wide slowdowns. As a result, many households have been forced to take short-term actions to cope, which can have substantial long-term effects on welfare.

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