eC2: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO STRENGTHEN THE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR FOOD INSECURITY IN ETHIOPIA AND ITS LINKS TO A SCALABLE RURAL PRODUCTIVE SAFETY NET PROGRAMME

Deadline: 14-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)resized-food-insecurity_orig

Objective: The main objectives of this consultancy assignment are to (1) conduct a review on the design and operation of early warning systems operating in Ethiopia which are used to trigger and inform food and cash support to drought affected households; (2) advise on improved protocols and monitoring systems and tools for alert triggering; and (3) provide concrete options for the design of an enhanced and scalable social safety net system based on early warning information.
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eC2: Vietnam: Developing Sustainable Rooftop PV Program

Deadline: 12-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The assignment objective is to provide technical support to the Government of Vietnam and the cities of Danang and HCMC in developing and scaling up rooftop/distributed solar PV deployment in a sustainable and cost-competitive manner leveraging private sector investments.

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High-Growth Firms: Facts, Fiction, and Policy Options for Emerging Economies

November 16, 2018—Policies to create jobs, promote entrepreneurship and growth are FCI-780-x439-thumbnailkey priorities for many emerging economies. Designing and implementing reforms is particularly challenging as policy makers attempt to strike a balance across sectors, firm size and incentives that can sustain growth in a rapidly changing global economy. High-growth firms (HGFs)–accounting for approximately 3-20 percent of the manufacturing and service industries—are of particular interest as a growth model considering their contribution to more than 50 percent of new jobs and sales in in these sectors. Analysis of high-growth firms in Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey is offering evidence that challenges some of the conventional views defining HGFs and the sectors where they can prosper. Continue reading

eC2: Merchant Acquisition and Management Firm

Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) financial-inclusion-gender

A key objective of the project in Tanzania is to promote financial inclusion, by increasing access to mobile money and by digitizing payments to merchants. Although mobile money access has improved in Tanzania, levels of usage of digital financial services, including payments, in general remains low. To address this challenge and offer a mass market payment solution, IFC and its partner, a mobile network operator, are building on a merchant proposition to increase the number of merchants offering the product and increase customer usage of the product. This project will build capacity and improve performance of the MNO in creating a sustainable and vibrant mobile money ecosystem in Tanzania.

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Culture – the “X Factor” for Building Back Better after Conflict and Disasters

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  • As the world continues to urbanize rapidly, cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of conflicts, crises, and disasters, which have a devastating effect on culture.
  • A new World Bank-UNESCO Position Paper, Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery (CURE), proposes an enhanced culture-based framework for city reconstruction and recovery.
  • The CURE Framework marks an important milestone in the partnership between the World Bank and UNESCO on culture, urban development, and resilience.

eC2: Forced Displacement and Education: Building the Evidence for What Works

Deadline: 17-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The research is expected (i) to collect evidence about promising practices in providing untitledaccess to education and improving learning outcomes for the forcibly displaced and affected host communities (ii) to improve our effectiveness to facilitate the transition and uptake from humanitarian education responses to long-term solutions for sustainable access to quality education for the forcibly displaced. The TORs aims to select an agency with extensive experience in practical, empirically grounded and field-based research as well as operation in education policy preferably in forced displacement context to conduct research on
1) What is the available evidence of the impact, cost, and replicability of education interventions that facilitate the access and retention of displaced students and out of school youth?
2) How can education systems be strengthened to become inclusive and resilient to expand and deliver education services to both displaced and host children and youth?

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eC2: Imagery collection in Indonesia (Drone and street-view)

Deadline: 05-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

 

The World Bank invites the submission of Expressions of Interest (EOI) from qualifiedpexels-photo-235829.jpeg firms to supply drone and street-view imagery data collection services in a secondary city in Indonesia. For the street view images, the firm will be expected to use both a car mounted camera as well as more portable 360-degree devices. For the drone images, the size of the area of interest (AOI) will total roughly 80 square meters, however the data can be parsed into manageable sized mosaics.

All of the images submitted by the firm will be used to create a unified and detailed housing inventory database that assesses the quality, characteristics, and potential risks of each home.

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Want successful urban transport mega-projects? Here are seven things you should keep in mind

In 2002, Sao Paulo’s embarked in one of the most transformative transport projects of imagesthe decade: the construction of Metro Line 4. The new line had big ambitions: it was meant to significantly improve the commuting experience, better connect the south and western regions of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region (SPMR) to the center, change the metro system from a radial to a flexible network, and interconnect all transport modes, including buses, suburban trains (CPTM), bicycles, as well as existing and future metro lines.

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Fighting corruption: the importance is crystal clear

My parents didn’t know that the name they chose for me meant “transparent” in anticorruptionSpanish. But they did know the importance of transparency, honesty and integrity, and passed on to me these values when I was growing up in Bulgaria. I hold them dear in my work at the World Bank.

A lack of transparency fuels corruption, a corrosive force that hits the poor and the vulnerable the hardest. Its effects are very real. Corruption stops medicine and drugs from reaching the sick, stops schools from being built, leads to roads washing away in the rain, and empties the public coffers. In the most fragile corners of the world, corruption undermines work to bring stability or prevent violence and extremism from taking root. 

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