RFI: DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGY OR BLOCKCHAIN SERVICES

what-is-the-blockchainDEADLINE: February 28, 2018 @ 5.00 PM EST (Washington, DC)

The World Bank Group (WBG) invites interested parties to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) for distributed ledger technology or blockchain services. Through this RFI, WBG intends to identify parties that want to work on hands-on activities to discover and explore the possibilities of distributed ledger technology and / or blockchain services in the context of the world’s most pressing development challenges. Through this collaboration, WBG is providing an opportunity for interested parties to shape their own roadmaps with respect to these technologies and services by working with a large, mature, international organization.

Press Releases: World Bank Bond Highlights Investor Focus on Sustainable Development Goals.

pexels-photo-261949.jpegSwedish Insurance Group Folksam invests in World Bank bonds to raise awareness for health, gender, responsible consumption and production, and climate.

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2018 – The World Bank (IBRD) has issued a US$350 million bond that raises funds for its development activities around the world, while highlighting four of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The sole investor in the bond is the Folksam Group, one of Sweden’s leading insurance and investment management companies.

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eC2:Market assessment of the needs of MSMEs in Egypt

imagesDeadline: 08-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  The main objective of the market research is to (1) Size/quantify the business opportunity for FIs by segment and sector (2) Identify/quantify the demand/needs for financial services of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), (3)Define/identify the key areas for intervention for FIs and quantify impact of doing so.

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Schools are teaching 10 million girls to code; gender equality is a real possibility

hadi_feature_photoToday, for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we celebrate the progress made towards reducing the gender gap in computer science, and we urge schools worldwide to help balance the scales in this critical 21st century subject.
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Formula E drives electric mobility innovation

untitledTo be honest, I have never really been a fan of motorsport racing, but Formula E is something different. Regular sports car racing has always felt too loud, too polluting and a bit pointless, but electric car racing is changing my perception rapidly. The most recent Formula E race and associated FIA Smart Cities event in Santiago, Chile last week highlighted the importance of sustainable mobility and the advantages of advancing electric technology as quickly as possible. Extremely fast electric cars, whooshing by cheering audiences with a distinctly electric whizzing sound, made me realize that the future is definitely now.

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How do city leaders get things done? Learning from mayors in Japan

pic1_1The task of mayors and city leaders is no longer limited to providing efficient urban services to their citizens. Job creation is at the forefront of the economic development challenge globally.

Cities need jobs and opportunities for their citizens and the means to generate tax revenues to fund projects that meet their populations’ growing demand for basic services. The WBG flagship report on Competitive Cities outlines how creating jobs in urban areas – urgently but also at scale– is essential.

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eC2: Techemerge Health Brazil – consultancy services to support the promotion and implementation of the project.

untitledDeadline: 19-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: IFC is seeking a consulting firm to provide support in promoting the open call for applications and in supporting the implementation of field testing/demonstration projects. Specific responsibilities under this assignment include: 1) Promoting the TechEmerge Brazil Health program, including the Open Call for applications. 2) Managing and overseeing the implementation of the selected pilot projects to receive support and grant funding under the TechEmerge Brazil Health program. Includes collecting the required documentation for pilot project approval/kick-off, working with Innovators to receive monthly reporting, holding monthly progress update calls with Innovators and Providers, and conducting at least one onsite visit per pilot project. 3) Administering, monitoring and reporting on grant funding made to Brazilian healthcare providers, in line with approved allocations, to support the implementation of pilot projects.

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Jobs at the Core of Development: Transforming Economies and Societies through Sustainable Employment

Economic growth has the power to transform societies, boost incomes, and enable images citizens to thrive, but growth alone is not enough. To reduce poverty and ensure shared prosperity, growth that creates more, better, and inclusive jobs is needed. Good, inclusive jobs are the surest pathway out of poverty. In recent years, the World Bank has supported countries’ jobs agenda by helping to provide skills training to job seekers; to finance loans for micro and small enterprises; and to leverage financing in support of private-sector employment growth; among other interventions.

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eC2: LIGHTING AFRICA/TANZANIA – MARKET RESEARCH ON STAND ALONE SOLAR PRODUCTIVE USES IN TANZANIA

energyDeadline: 27-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: IFC seeks to hire the services of a firm (the Consultant) to conduct a market research on productive use opportunities in Tanzania, utilizing standalone solar photovoltaic products. The primary objective of the research to help to give informed decisions on the best approach to address the productive use opportunities and challenges as well as to inform the associates to the program of the existing opportunities for supplying the products and the market potential. For the purposes of this assignment, the working definition of a stand alone solar products productive use is the use of solar products ranging from solar pico products up to solar home systems that are 300 watts for income and welfare enhancing economic activities (such as fishing, agriculture, small enterprises, health and education) in rural Tanzania that is not currently connected to either a mini-grid or main grid.

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eC2: An Evaluation of the Human Resource Needs, Training Needs, and Skill Development Needs of the Maritime Transport and Port Sector

Deadline: 08-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) port-614543_640

Objective: The primary objective of the assignment has is to undertake an evaluation of the short/medium and long-term human resources, delineated by gender where possible, needs of the maritime transport sector in Tanzania, and prepare a time bound and costed business plan for each institution to meet those needs.

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