Getting to commercial close on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) transaction is a major milestone. But the deal is far from done. Getting from commercial close to financial close involves satisfying a long list of PPP contract Conditions Precedent, the terms, and conditions of lenders, among other requirements. The process is tricky and involves a lot of heavy lifting, particularly in emerging markets where the market for PPPs and supporting institutional structures may not yet be robust. None of this is news. Continue reading
When Agnes became a young widow with four children still to raise, many people in her community thought she would have to take her children out of school. But education is important to Agnes and to support her family, she turned to business and became a cross border trader.
“I buy millet in Uganda and sell it in Kenya,” she explains. “In Kenya, I buy sugar and then bring back to Uganda.”
December 1, 2017– While the developing world has made strong progress towards
universal primary education, education is still largely an unfulfilled dream for millions of children with disabilities. Leroy Philips, a youth leader and radio broadcaster from Guyana, recalls what it was like growing up blind.
Deadline: 11-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: SCOPE OF WORK: Under this consultancy work, a Multi-Sector Screening and Prioritization Tool for proposed infrastructure projects (from the 19 infrastructure sectors as defined in Perpres 38/2015), will be developed for the Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS).
Those of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is one of the most vibrant international cities in the world. All this happened in a relatively short time span.
Behind this impressive development, there was leadership, a vision that was converted into laws and policies, institutional reforms, and human resources development that made it possible. At the center of it all, was land and real estate policies. The Dubai Land Department is one of the best in the World. According to the World Bank Doing Business Report, Dubai ranks No. 10 in the world in registering properties, which far exceeds the ranking of many of the developed economies.
It’s now 2017 and I’m in Washington DC at the latest leg of my journey. Just a few days ago the World Bank’s Water Global Practice launched a toolkit and background report that explores why, when and how water utilities can work together to provide better services. This is the culmination of a years-long team effort and, for me, a particular satisfaction to have even more evidence to inform our policy advice on the matter. As often, the conclusions are more nuanced than my (and many of my colleagues’) Cartesian mind would like. The success of an aggregation depends very much on your starting point and what you are trying to achieve, and so you really need to think about those two points as you design your reform process…. But I don’t want to give all the insights away – check out the toolkit, discover the case studies, listen to the interviews and read the report if you want to know more!
Deadline: 08-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The Bank is carrying out analytical study on Tanzania freshwater resilience, which will underpin institutional reform and future on-the-ground investment for water resources management. A core activity of this study is to assess water use of the major sectors, namely, agriculture and industry, in Tanzania. The agricultural and industrial sectors are the major economic drivers of the country representing the biggest and most rapidly expanding users of water resources.
Deadline: 14-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The Finance and Markets Global Practice and the Infrastructure, PPPs and Guarantees (IPG) Group of the World Bank, supported by DFID, intend to engage the services of a consulting firm qualified and experienced in PPP related technical, financial, institutional and legal work to develop and deliver a comprehensive training program for relevant government entities and other relevant stakeholders in PPPs and infrastructure financing. The services expected are described in the Terms of Reference.
Deadline: 19-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The World Bank Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Tokyo Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub is embarking on a knowledge project on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for Climate Resilient Industries. The Project aims to identify, mitigate, and manage risks from disasters and climate change impacts that disrupt national industries, domestic and international value chains, undermine competitiveness and reduce economic derived from industries through a focus on business continuity planning and upgrading of critical industrial infrastructure. The results from this knowledge project will fill a critical gap in knowledge related to industrial resilience and provide the World Bank Group with a clear entry point on providing solutions for client governments.
Deadline: 23-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The Development Objective of this proposed activity is to: Support the development of a more resilient trade and transport in the Western Balkans. For this end the activity will assess the economic impacts associated with the potential disruption of core road network assets in terms of infrastructure related loss and the loss of functional connectivity as a function of time among other dimensions. It will overall advance the analytical knowledge to better inform and define possible measures and strategies to improve the Western Balkans Regions Action Plan for Facilitating Trade and Transport against adverse natural events.