eConsultant2: Policy framework commercial plantations in Colombia

The study Commercial Reforestation Potential in Colombia aims to support the Government of Colombias effort to define the most appropriate model for commercial reforestation in Colombia: these commercial planted forests should be developed in an economically-profitable, socially-inclusive and environmentally-friendly way.

colombia_111807_500_11705Assess the existing policy and institutional framework and evaluate the efficiency and efficacy as well as the interaction of policies, institutions and regulations related to commercial forest plantations in Colombia. Identify the main gaps and difficulties in operation/implementation/efficiency and make concrete recommendations duly supported in order to promote the development of commercial reforestation in the country in the short, medium and long term.

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Tender: Bangladesh Coastal Embankment Improvement Project

Tender posted on Projects & Operations website of the World Bank: villagers repair a vital flood-protecting embankment00033970

The main objective of this Research Activities on Long Term Monitoring, Research and Analysis of Bangladesh Coastal Zone (Sustainable Polders adapted to Coastal Dynamics) is to improve and manage the polders successfully in the coming decades.

The indicative price of this contract is US$ 8 million including, interalia, the cost of research equipment and training.

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eConsultant2: Empanelment of e-Procurement Experts

Many of the World Bank financed Projects i-love-procurement2are using e-procurement systems, which are required to be assessed by the Bank using MDB guidelines. Additionally, some analytical work (like e-procurement spend analysis and impact assessment) is also conducted by the Bank team. Another emerging area is e-reverse auction.

World Bank now invites CVs of experienced professionals in above areas for preparing a panel of experts, who may be called upon when a specific need arises.

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Cambodian Agriculture in Transition: Opportunities and Risks

Article originally posted on the World Bank website on August 19, 2015.


  • Four million people were lifted out of poverty due to positive developments in the Cambodian agriculture sector over the last decade.
  • Cambodian agriculture saw high growth rates but needs to find new pathways to drive future growth as global food prices decline and farmland diminishes.
  • The challenge is to move away from increasing production through land expansion to being more productive and competitive.

The last decade was golden for cambodia-riceCambodian agriculture. The annual agricultural sector growth of 5.3% between 2004 and 2012 was one of the highest in the world, according to a new World Bank report, Cambodian Agriculture in Transition: Opportunities and Risks , prepared with the support of the Australian government.

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WB Event – Should We Just Give People Cash?

Date: September 29, 2015

Over the past decade or so, we have witnessed an world money smallimpressive growth in the number, volume, and types of social protection programs in developing countries. This successful growth has been accompanied by a shift in focus from the programs’ traditional role of mitigating risk to changing the earnings trajectory of poor households to promote their escape from poverty. Continue reading

IFC & Dutch firm help Kenyan farming co-operatives get access to financing

Article originally published by Business Daily Africa on August 23, 2015.

A rating agency has come up with a formula that Printranks agriculture-focused co-operative societies and small-scale businesses in a move that will make it easier for them to access loans and social investor funds.

SCOPEInsight, the company supported by the Embassy of Netherlands and partnering with International Finance Corporation (IFC), has developed a rating system that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of co-operative societies. This will prepare them to get financial support. Continue reading

eConsultant2: Solar PV Advisor

As part of E&RE program, we require the services of a Senior Solarsolar-energy Energy Specialist on a Short Term Consultancy (STC) basis to provide technical advice to E&RE.

– Provide support to E&RE on the implementation of solar projects on as needed basis; technical support includes: due diligence solar resource assessment, technology selection, PV plant design review and energy yield estimation.
– Support E&RE on PV project siting, project planning and implementation

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eConsultant2: Making the Business Case for Womens Private Sector Participation in Agribusiness

Capitalizing on IFCs experience, this project aims to substantiate the business case for improving working conditions and employment opportunities for women in agribusiness, and investigate where and how investments in improved working conditions for women can result in higher firm productivity.

Focused on developing countries _DSC0993and culminating in a research report focused on the agribusiness sector, this work would identify actionable firm policies and practices that are potentially transferable across countries, regions and sectors.

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eConsultant2: Evaluation of Incentives for HIV Prevention in Swaziland

This evaluation is designed to assess the impact of different incentives, including cash transfers conditional on school attendance, and raffle incentives conditional on remaining STI negative, in young women and girls, on HIV incidence after 1 year. Secondary outcomes include school enrolment and attendance,

HSV-2 incidence and reported sexual behaviors. The study is designed to provide information about the most effective incentives for behavioral change and reducing HIV risk in adolescent girls and young women. It will contribute to international evidence about the use of incentives as HIV prevention in vulnerable populations.

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eConsultant2: Municipal PPP Market Study for Turkey

public-Private-PartnershipThe implementation of PPPs at sub-national level has been limited. IFC looks to support PPP development at sub-national level by providing advisory services to sub-national entities, with a focus on infrastructure. A wide spectrum of urban infrastructure and services is covered, including:
– water and wastewater: infrastructure expansion or rehabilitation, loss reduction program, installation of meters, contracting with and/or operations of private utilities etc.
– solid waste: collection, treatment and disposal, waste to energy, role of private providers of waste services etc.
– roads and public transport: new road construction or rehabilitation of existing roads, buses, rail, metro lines etc.
– health and education facilities, including schools, hospitals etc.

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