Energy storage: A critical piece of the power puzzle

Just months after a historic climate conference in Paris, I can’t help but marvel at how far the world has progressed in the uptake of renewable energy. Take solar power, for example. What used to be a prohibitively expensive endeavor just years ago, is now a household-level solution in many countries. Then there are the record-setting solar auctions in countries like Zambia, the United Arab Emirates, India, Mexico, and Peru.
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Improvements in Transportation and Road Safety to Benefit Nearly 400,000 Paraguayans

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2016 – The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors approved a US$100 million loan yesterday that will contribute to reducing transportation costs and improving road safety, as well as the planning and management capacity of Paraguay’s road network. The project will benefit approximately 400,000 Paraguayans that use Routes 1 and 3, which link important development hubs in the country.

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New Procurement Framework and Regulations for Projects After July 1, 2016

The World Bank has a new, modern and business-friendly Procurement Framework. This i-love-procurement2modernized approach means greater focus on value for money, more ways bidders to differentiate bids, and more opportunities for dialogue and discussion.

World Bank procurement staff are based in 72 countries to support borrowers throughout the procurement process. Staff work with governments to achieve the highest bidding and contract management standards to get the best development result.

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eC2:Renewable Energy Program Consultant

Deadline: 18-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank is looking for a full time local consultant for Renewable Energy Program solar-energyimplemented jointly with Rural Energy Agency in Tanzania. The consultant is expected to provide technical and organizational support for implementation of the Program, including field visits to project sites, gathering information and managing database, search for new projects, supporting projects with fulfillment of Clean Development Mechanism requirements on monitoring and reporting.

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New Procurement Framework

The World Bank’s new Procurement Framework, approved by the Board on July 21, i-love-procurement22015, modernizes the procurement policy and maximizes the strategic role of procurement in achieving key development effectiveness goals.

Mandatory for all new lending operations after July 1, 2016, the new Framework emphasizes choice, quality, and greater value for public spending, while enabling adaptation to country contexts.

Please visit the links below to access either the old Policy, Procedures and Guidelines or the new Policy and Regulations.

Projects Prior to July 1                                                2016 Projects After July 1, 2016

With the new Framework, the World Bank aims to maximize the strategic role of procurement in achieving development effectiveness goals by:

  • Recognizing that countries are looking to be more efficient in their public spending so that they can invest more in basic public services such as education, health and infrastructure services and enrich development outcomes.
  • Modernizing procurement to emphasize fit-for-purpose, choice, quality, and greater value for public spending, while enabling adaptation to country contexts.
    Promoting strengthened national procurement systems that are empowered to support sustainable development objectives.
  • Increasing transparency in public spending by taking advantage of ICT tools in public procurement.


eC2: Support for Implementation of Indonesia WAVES

Deadline: 10-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Indonesia is a partner country in the Global Partnership program (GPP) for Wealth world money smallAccounting and Valuation of Ecosystems (WAVES). The WAVES GPP promotes implementation of natural capital accounting (NCA) following UN Statistical Division (UNSD)s 2012 Standard for System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA 2012). Indonesia WAVES Program development objective is to strengthen the capacity of Government of Indonesia to regularly and systematically (i) implement NCA, and (ii) use the developed accounts in policy analysis in natural assets utilization and development planning. WAVES Program will provide technical assistance support to achieve the programs intermediate outcomes and increase capacity to compile, understand, and use NCA to inform development planning.

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Call for Proposals: Statistical Capacity Building Pilots, Funded by World Bank

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data on Monday, July 18, abcde-2016-300_0announced a new multi-million dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development.

As part of the Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Pilot Funding, which is supported by the World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), the Global Partnership is now seeking innovative proposals for data production, dissemination and use, primarily in low­-income and lower­-middle-­income countries, for sustainable development generally and linked to the Sustainable Development Goals in particular.
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eC2: Short Term Consultant: Climate change and industries

Deadline: 25-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)images

The climate competitive industries team is seeking a consultant to help in knowledge learning and project development. The consultant should have extensive technical background in climate change related issues (adaptation, mitigation, energy efficiency, energy efficiency standards and labeling) with preference related to industries/ manufacturing. Private sector experience is crucial.

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eConsultant2: Energy Access Household Survey in Liberia

Deadline: 18-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank-ESMAP team is launching the first Global Energy Access Household AfricaSurveys in access deficit countries to set a baseline to track progress towards Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) goal and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7 on access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy by 2030.

A reputed firm with extensive experience in household surveys is sought to conduct the baseline survey on energy access and forecast of electricity demand in Liberia using the multi-tier framework approach to track progress towards SDG7 and SE4ALL goal. The survey will be nationally representative and administered to both urban and rural localities. The firm will work with the World Bank-ESMAP to pre-test, finalize and implement the survey. Data collection should be carefully monitored to ensure high quality information. After completing the fieldwork, the firm will deliver the final dataset and summary report to the World Bank-ESMAP. Additional details on the scope of work will be available in the Terms of Reference (TOR).

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WB report: How Eight Cities Succeeded in Rejuvenating their Urban Land

Article published on on July 13, 2016.

The single most crucial component in rejuvenating decaying urban areas around the world is private sector participation, according to a report released today from the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) during the World Cities Summit taking place in Singapore this week.

Urban regeneration projects are rarely implemented solely by the public sector.  There is a need for massive financial resources that most cities can’t meet,” said Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director for the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.  “Participation from the private sector is a critical factor in determining whether a regeneration program is successful – programs that create urban areas where citizens can live, work, and thrive.”

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