eC2: Assessment and pre-feasibility study of green infrastructure solutions and disaster evacuation planning and design to mitigate flood risk and strengthen resilience

Deadline: 03-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) blog-in-benin-can-resilient-investment-solutions-save-a-battered-coast-780x439

This consultancy has two main objectives: (i) elaborate green infrastructure solutions to mitigate the impact of flooding in precarious urban neighborhoods; and (ii) develop disaster evacuation planning and design strategies based on access to on-site refuges and evacuation routes to protected sites to improve the resilience of populations. The overall objective of the technical assistance is to strengthen urban resilience in Antananarivo through targeted analytical interventions in urban planning and disaster risk management that will be leveraged through the ongoing investment operation. The main beneficiaries from the planned activities are the 650,000 poorest and most flood-prone inhabitants of Antananarivo living in high risk areas, that are targeted in the PRODUIR project. Institutional beneficiaries include the Ministry of Land Planning and Public Works (MAHTP), National DRM Agencies (BNGRC and CPGU), and Municipal Authorities (CUA).

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eC2: India: Battery Storage assessment at state-level transmission and distribution (for selected states)

Deadline: 03-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

Objectives of this assignment: This assignment will be undertaken in three to four states (yet to be identified ) and the main objectives of this assignment are a) Examine the value proposition and associated business cases for BESS in distribution and intra-state transmission system for current conditions and then under a range of scenarios over the next 5 years.  b) Identify the technical, economic, and regulatory conditions that would realize the potential role of BESS in distribution and intra-state transmission systems in the selected states c) Identify high potential immediate applications [along with sizing/ location/ business model details] for BESS in current conditions at the transmission and distribution levels in the selected states; d) Prepare model documents for implementation of the identified BESS project at intra-state transmission and distribution level.

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Disruptive Agriculture Technology Moonshot—Ready for Lift Off in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Can Africa feed Africa? This question is frequently asked, especially when there are 25620190802-africafood1140x500 million people (1 in 5) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who are critically undernourished.  And the numbers are growing. Escalating weather volatility due to climate change further exacerbate food and nutrition insecurity. Frequent droughts and floods are triggering a food crisis in at least one or more countries every year, demanding emergency responses.

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Malaysia’s need for speed: How regulatory action is unleashing ultrafast Internet

In Malaysia, regulatory reforms are beginning to shape the trajectory of the digital malaysiainternet2economy to unleash ultrafast internet. The result has been beneficial to Malaysians, especially within the confines of a market with low adoption of fiber internet services in the past decade, compared to its regional peers. But now things are changing. The country’s broadband market is rapidly moving to become more accessible, with increased competition and better quality services – which could potentially expand the digital economy to provide the benefits of economic growth, job creation and social inclusion.

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eC2: IFC Research on Women & Ecommerce in Emerging Markets

Deadline: 29-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) woman

IFC seeks expressions of interest from firms to quantify, qualify and articulate the state of women in eCommerce, and the potential for eCommerce platforms to contribute to closing gender gaps through jobs, skills development and access to finance. This research aims to serve as a foundation of knowledge when building and growing gender-equitable eCommerce platforms in Africa and South East Asia.

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eC2: Formative Research on Baby WASH and Nutrition in Ethiopia

Deadline: 21-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) wash-hands-98641_640

A key cause of child stunting in low-income settings could be related to asymptomatic gut infections known as environmental enteropathies (EE), caused in part by unhygienic conditions in early childhood. Thus, improvements in sanitation and hygiene conditions from the time of birth may help to prevent or reduce the prevalence of EE, and therefore stunting. Conventional water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, i.e. improved household toilets, improved drinking water, and handwashing with soap may not fully address these early fecal-oral exposures. For example, animal feces are likely a dominant source of fecal contamination in low-income settings even in areas of high sanitation coverage and low rates of open defecation. Similarly, food hygiene is an often-overlooked contributor to enteric infections in early childhood. Complementary hygiene interventions are needed to address neglected pathways of exposure.

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As incomes rise, farm employment drops

Globally, the proportion of people working in the agriculture sector has seen a steady farmers_working_in_their_fields_in_guinea.jpgdecline. However, looking at global averages is not enough to understand this trend, as this decline has not been evenly distributed. We break down the world population into two groups (measured through either income or consumption expenditure): the bottom 40% (the poorest people in any given country) and the upper 60% of the income distribution.

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eC2: GAFSP Private Sector Window Cambodia Impact Evaluation – Baseline

Deadline: 03-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)TF - GAFSP

IFC is looking for an experienced evaluation firm to help conduct the baseline study of an impact evaluation of a project both IFC and the Private Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) are investing in. The operation is in Cambodia and is in the agribusiness sector. The objective of the evaluation is to assess impact on beneficiary income, yields, and food security. The intended methodology is quasi experimental design. IFC invites firms with strong background in impact evaluations to submit expression of interest. Experience with evaluations in the agribusiness sector in Asia required.

IMPORTANT, please note: EOI should be submitted in one document per firm and not exceeding 40 pages total including all annexes and CVs.

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