eC2:Design of digital finance solution for clean energy

Deadline: 26-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Interested firm should be experienced with the design and implementation of financial (IT) solutions, preferably focusing on SMEs and retail consumers. The firm/consortium is required to demonstrate (i) proven expertise (with concrete examples) in designing, developing and implementing financial IT solutions (ii) proficient in Arabic and building multi-language applications; (iii) local presence in Middle-East region, preferable in Jordan with management staff and ICT experts; (iv) experience working with government agencies and multi-lateral and international institutions. Assessment of proposals will be based on the qualification criteria.

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eC2: Development of Climate Change Mitigation pathways in Energy and Urban sectors

Deadline: 25-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Interested firm/consortium should have experience and expertise in climate change mitigation, particularly in the energy and urban sectors. The firm/consortium is required to demonstrate (i) proven international experience (with concrete examples) in assessment and development of mitigation options, scenarios, modelling techniques, baselines and emission factors development, required for the energy sector and desirable for the urban sector; (ii) technical experience and expertise in energy and urban sectors; (iii) local presence in Middle-East region, preferably in Jordan with management staff and local technical experts with Arabic language skills; (iv) experience working with government agencies and multi-lateral and international institutions.

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eC2: Madagascar: Off-Grid Solar Market Assessment and Design Options

Deadline: 12-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) scaling+solar+main+banner

(i) Projecting likely grid access rates over the medium-term (by leveraging information on current and expected electric grid coverage), and subsequently mapping out areas that will need to be served by off-grid solutions; (ii) Estimating the size of the potential commercial off-grid market through countrywide household and SME surveying focused on ability and willingness to pay for electricity service and/or off-grid solar products; (iii) Stocktaking on institutional electricity access, including the number, variety, and location of institutions that are off the grid and their likely electricity needs going forward; and (iv) Identification of barriers/risks across the local off-grid solar value chain, and a review of the regulatory structure as it pertains to the products and range of distribution models.

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eC2:PNG Mobile Banking Assessment: Customer Level Qualitative Research

Deadline: 13-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Survey

Through qualitative research, IFC aims to gain a rich understanding of the change brought forth by the introduction of mobile banking services in Papua New Guinea. The consultant will conduct a number of focus group discussions with various customer segments, and analyze the information collected to assess how this new technology might have succeeded, or failed, to expand access and usage of financial services across key segments of the population. The goal of this analysis is to complement the parallel sector wide analysis, as part of a comprehensive assessment of IFCs Mobile Banking effort in Papua New Guinea.

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eC2:CGAP Digital Finance Frontiers Pilots Mobile education

Deadline: 03-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Mobile in Africa

Vendor at Makola Market, Accra, Ghana.

The selected Firm will carry out a pilot, in partnership with a financial service provider, to test the predictability of a credit score based on performance and engagement with mobile learning content. The selected Firm shall be ready to test a product or service in Sub-Saharan Africa within six months. The project should be fully digital, or have a significant digital component and lessons learned will be shared.

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World Desertification Day: Concerted Effort in Global Resilience to Turn Back Drought and Desertification

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  • Climate and disaster risks, including drought and desertification, threaten economic growth and development gains globally.
  • In response, the World Bank, governments, international agencies, and communities are working to develop operational and technical assistance in the most vulnerable regions.
  • With consistent, systematic, and collective effort, global achievements have and can be preserved and enhanced, however, critical intervention is required.

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What’s in a number? Unpacking the 65 million-forced displacement crisis

Today on World Refugee Day, we hear once again that the number of people forcibly untitled-37043cdisplaced due to conflict and persecution has increased to 65.6 million by the end of 2016, according to UNHCR’s latest Global Trends report.

These numbers have served to galvanize attention to the severity of this crisis, providing momentum for the global community to take action. At the same time, these numbers have caused anxieties among many hosts, especially in OECD countries. Taking center stage in the political debate, it has raised questions over their ability to support all of those fleeing conflict, at times leading to fear and rising anti-refugee sentiments.

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Doesn’t everyone deserve a chance at a good life?

Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet — will they be indexmet with opportunity or frustration? As President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. He shares how the institution is working to improve the health and financial futures of people in the poorest countries by boosting investment and de-risking development.

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eC2: Market Research for Digital Financial Services in Cameroon

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

Under The Partnership for Financial Inclusion, IFC is assisting a mobile networkIFC and the Dutch operator (MNO) in Cameroon to expand their existing customer segment to new clients and markets. IFC is supporting the MNOs plans to implement an expansion and financial inclusion strategy with research to identify opportunities in the market that will help the MNO develop the best products to service its customer base. IFC is looking for a market research firm (Consultants) for this research assignment on mobile money and access to finance in Cameroon. Consultants will be hired to conduct desk research, data collection and analysis on customer needs and preferences for financial services and the extent to which these needs may be met through mobile money. The market research will also involve a competitor analysis, agent profiling, customer segmentation, and product assessment. The goal is to identify and quantify the potential customer base in the Cameroonian market.

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eC2: Feasibility study for dredging options at Lake Victoria ports under varying lake levels

Deadline: 24-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The overall objective of the assignment is to identify the most economic, climate resilientd8423-lake-toba2bview and environmentally sustainable dredging levels for key ports and shipping routes on Lake Victoria. Improving transportation on Lake Victoria is key to strengthening the Tanzanian Central Corridor, and is a priority for the Governments of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The lake plays a pivotal role in connecting land-locked countries (DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) via its shipping and railway network and is a key part of the intermodal supply chains along the Northern and Central corridor linking to Mombasa and Dar es Salaam ports. However, in recent years port infrastructure and consequently maritime operations on Lake Victoria have declined significantly.
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