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eC2: Baseline Survey of Impact Evaluation of Interventions to Support Women-Owned Firms in three cities in Mozambique

Deadline:   31-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Senegal-Woman-at-Well-800

PURPOSE
These Terms of Reference (ToR) are for a Consultant (Firm) to implement a baseline quantitative data collection for a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) in Mozambique.
The primary goal of this consultancy is to collect data on the entrepreneurial behavior, business success, and the personal and household attitudes and behavior of 1,700 women business owners that form part of this study, and on 850 spouses/partners/significant others of 850 of the 1,700 women business owners, for a total of 2,550 surveys.
This data collection will be conducted in the context of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Bottom-up vs. top-down interventions to foster female entrepreneurship in Mozambique. The evaluation will be led by the World Banks Africa Gender Innovation Lab; the World Bank Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice; the University of Warwick and Leuphana University of Lueneburg (henceforth the World Bank research team). The analysis of the data collected will be conducted by the World Bank research team, not the Consultant.

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eC2: Guidelines to maximize socio-economic benefits triggered by renewable energy deployment

Deadline:    31-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Renewable-energy

This assignment will support Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank to detail the initial version of the Guidelines for the Sustainable Renewables Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI): A Sure Path to Sustainable Solar with the operational guidance for governments on how to maximize socio-economic benefits of renewable energy (RE) while deploying sustainable RE programs. These guidelines will aim at (i) providing an overview of the RE value chain in terms of components/jobs and skills required as well as (ii) articulating the key steps (and identifying the associated entry points) to maximize the socio economic benefits of the RE programs, leveraging the associated bidding processes.
The following technologies are to be considered under this assignment:
Part 1: solar (PV with battery storage and CSP with thermal storage) and onshore wind to be studied in detail during the assignment.
Part 2: geothermal to be incorporated from materials provided by the World Bank.

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Assessing Country Readiness for COVID-19 Vaccines – First Insights from the Assessment Rollout

The global COVID-19 vaccination campaign will be the largest in history. The delivery of

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 03rd Mar, 2021. A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine during the first phase of the country nationwide vaccination drive at the Hospital UiTM in Sungai Buloh, outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Credit: SO

COVID-19 vaccines presents challenges unprecedented in scale, speed and specificities, especially in low- and middleincome countries. In November 2020, anticipating the availability of safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19, the World  Bank together with WHO, UNICEF, the Global Fund, and Gavi rolled out readiness assessments in more than 100 low and middle-income countries.

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One Year Into The COVID-19 Pandemic, Six Stories That Inspire Hope

March 11 marks one year since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. While the past year has been tremendously challenging, there have been remarkable stories of human resilience, ingenuity, and creativity. On this grim anniversary, we wanted to bring you stories from around the world that inspire. The following six stories are not billion-dollar projects, but the tales of everyday entrepreneurship and innovation happening on a small scale with a big impact. The World Bank Group is continuing to support the poorest countries as they look to a build a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive recovery.

1. Lao PDR: Unlocking the Full Potential of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise

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Vorachith Keoxayavong

Unlocking Private Investment in Climate Adaptation and Resilience

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A new joint report by the World Bank and IFC offers a blueprint for action for climate-adaptation-and-private-sector-report-covergovernments to catalyze private investment in climate adaptation and resilience.
  • The blueprint for action lays out a systematic approach to incentivize adaptation financing from the private sector and meet countries’ fast-growing financing needs to achieve climate resilience.
  • The approach will be tested in several pilot countries as part of the World Bank Group’s support towards enabling private investment in adaptation.

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eC2: ECA AGRICULTURE DIGITAL SYSTEM

Deadline:    29-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The International Finance Corporation hereinafter referred to as WBG invites interested parties to respond to a Request for Expression of Interest (REI) for digital platform (comprising a backend decision-making mechanism and a pluggable frontend implementation) that would boost decision making in agriculture finance. This REI is issued for the purpose of obtaining information concerning market conditions and vendor (or consortium of vendors) capability in order to allow the World Bank / IFC to better understand what is currently available on the commercial market place in order to enhance advisory client solutions.

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eC2: Vietnam Horticulture Value Chain Competitiveness

Deadline:    25-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Horn-Oeun

The purpose of the Upstream Seed study is to evaluate the value chain with a commercial focus and identify a pipeline of 3-5 projects with company sponsors. The study intends to assess Vietnam horticulture sectors supply-side and demand-side factors from an investment angle. As the existing market players in the horticulture sector are relatively small and immature, IFC can play an important role in building capacity and enabling these companies to accelerate growth, scale their businesses and become more investment-ready.

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Building back better from the crisis: What will it take for the poorest countries?

It is a catchy acronym. An alliterative call to action. It rolls off the tongues of world leaders like 49834557482_5cac8f2747_k_0UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden. Building Back Better—or BBB—is the seeming light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. But what does BBB really mean in the world’s poorest countries? And how can these countries—which are supported by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA)—secure the resources they need to make it happen?

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eC2: Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Renewable Energy Market sounding and barriers diagnostics

Deadline:    22-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Renewable-energy

The objective of this assignment is to provide consulting services to conduct diagnostics assessment for market barrier for renewable energy (RE) development and private sector investments in RE. The work will entail assessing RE investment readiness in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) countries and develop a market report.

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We can end routine gas flaring by 2030. Here’s how

We are now less than a decade away from the goal of Zero Routine Flaring by 2030, an nigerian-flaring-updated-minambition that sits at the nexus of climate change mitigation and energy policy. Developed by the World Bank and launched in 2015 by the UN, World Bank and several governments, along with oil companies and development institutions, the Zero Routine Flaring initiative is designed to end an oil industry practice that has existed since oil production first began more than 150 years ago.

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