eC2:A BUSINESS TO CONSUMER-MARKET PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH TO IDENTIFY AND CONFIRM MARKET NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORTIFIED NUTRITIOUS FOODS.

Deadline: 13-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)mozambique_cad-productions_-j_capela_resizednew

IFC has invested in Africa Improved Foods (AIF)that is producing highly nutritious quality fortified foods to address the malnutrition among vulnerable population segments in East Africa. For more sustainable development in future the company is planning on increasing the focus from the current range of fortified porridge for pregnant and lactating mothers & infants over 6 months to commercial product range of nutritious general foods, while maintaining focus on international quality, local sourcing and affordability.
This will eventually help in diversifying cost and revenue streams by leveraging on better technology investment in the region. IFC requests for Expression of Interest (EoI) to identify, quantify and validate the opportunity for this potential product range in specific East Africa Markets (Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and DRC).

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Increasing Salinity in a Changing Climate Likely to Alter Sundarban’s Ecosystem

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  • The salinity of river water and soil in Bangladesh’s low-lying southwest coastal region is increasing over time, and will aggravate further with sea-level rise in a changing climate.
  • The increase in salinity will reduce the Sunderbans’ key species Sundri, the forest’s highest-value timber species, and increase saline-tolerant species Gewa, Baen and Goran.
  • The progressive water salinization will change the availability of many freshwater fish species, thereby depriving the poor of their main source of protein, and adversely impacting the incomes of families. The poor populations that will lose freshwater fish species are about six times greater in number than those who will be gaining brackish fish species.

 

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eC2:Baseline Data Collection for The Kenya Tea Development Agency(KTDA) Project

Deadline: 07-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The external firm is to conduct the following:coffeeuganda
Step 1: Brief desk review of existing project documents and external documents that are identified as relevant. The end result of this will lead to the inception report
Step 2: Hiring and training of enumerators with IFC Staff and KTDA invited to attend (attendance will be at the discretion of IFC and KTDA)
Step 3: Finalization of questionnaire: review and translation as well as pilot testing of questionnaire which can be done as part of enumerator training
Step 4: Data collection in the field which will include capturing of GPS data points through tablet technology
Step 5: Code and clean data set prior to transmission to IFC

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Testing water quality: When labs don’t work

Drinking water utilities, water resource management agencies, and environmwater_quality_mason_jarental regulators across the world are required to establish laboratories to test water quality. Proper testing ensures that water is safe for its intended use, whether that be drinking, bathing, fishing, watering crops, or sustaining ecological health. Yet we routinely find poorly-functioning analytical labs. Failure to follow standardized procedures, maintain certification, and perform routine checks for quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) compromises the reliability of lab results. As a result, the data are of limited use for managing water safety.

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Basic Education in Sudan: The Long Road to Stability

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  • The Basic Education Recovery Project is helping to ensure that children across Sudan have equal access to quality basic education
  • Supported by a grant from the Global Partnership for Education, the project has helped to improve the educational environment of hundreds of schools nationwide by building classrooms, training teachers, and distributing textbooks
  • Operating in all of Sudan’s 18 states, the project helps to provide access to basic education for some of the country’s most remote and isolated communities

 

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Industrial Commodities Prices to Surge in 2017: World Bank

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2017— The World Bank is forecasting strong gains for
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In its January 2017 Commodity Markets Outlook, the World Bank is holding steady its crude oil price forecast for the year at $55 per barrel, a 29 percent jump from 2016. The energy price forecast assumes members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers will partially comply with an agreement to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output.

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Tips on how to work with the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group project cycle takes years, getting involved in the proces requires a lot of patience; below a number of helpful tips:

  • Build a large network including all relevant stakeholders; local government project authority, (local) World Bank staff and offices, local business, and the Dutch embassies.
  • Follow projects and follow-up with (local) World Bank Staff on a regular basis.
  • Be patient and approach from a problem solving perspective within the country of execution.
  • If possible create a consortium with a local company in country of execution.
  • Maintain regular contact with local and federal government agencies discussing future projects.
  • Visit the World Bank Group HQ in Washington, D.C. with concrete deliverables and examples of executed projects.
  • When in Washington, D.C. be sure to be up to date on the recent developments concerning procurement, structure and general news.
  • Is something unclear? Don’t assume. Ask.

 

eC2:Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive: Opportunities of EU accession

Deadline: 31-Jan-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

The objective of this study is to assess specific issues in Danube Basin region regarding: (i) implementation, (ii) outcomes; and (iii) sustainability (mostly from the point of view of affordability) of the UWWTD in the Danube Region. While the study will primarily base its assessment in the experience of current EU members countries within the Danube River Basin in the directive implementation, the work is expected to also benefit EU candidates and potential candidate countries from the region (meaning almost all other countries of the region). In this first stage, the study will not seek to answer all of those questions conclusively, but rather to provide sufficient elements needed to initiate an in depth discussion on achievement and appropriateness of UWWT directive implementation in DRB. In parallel, the study will also seek to document specific good practices that might show how to improve implementation efficiency

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eC2:Local Cotton Agronomist

Deadline: 04-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index.jpg

IFC is hiring a Local Cotton Agronomist who will support the IFC team on the implementation of the Project.The scope of work will consist of eight components. Component 1: Evaluation of the Cotton Crop Growing Practices in Uzbekistan.Component 2: Field Diagnostics of Cotton Agronomic Practices.Component 3: Design of a Pilot Project.Component 4: Supervision of the Implementation of the Pilot Projects.Component 5: Design of Cotton Farm Agronomic Advisory Program. Component 6: Development of the ToT Package. Component 7: Delivering the ToT Training to Gin Agronomists.Component 8: Supervision of the Delivery of the Advisory Program to Larger Groups of Farmers.

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