eC2: Kenya – Solar Competitive Bidding Strategy and Framework

Deadline:  08-Jun-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)scaling+solar+main+banner

The objective of this assignment is to provide strategic support to develop a Solar Competitive Bidding Strategy and Framework in line with Kenya’s draft energy auction policy and reflecting specific needs for the careful selection of investors and an allocation of risk optimized for the Country’s circumstances. The strategy would provide guidelines for auctioning volume, deployment scheme, timeline, socio-economic development, roles and responsibilities, high-level bidding framework, among others.

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Incidence of COVID-19 and Connections with Air Pollution Exposure : Evidence from the Netherlands

The fast spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 has resulted in the young woman with face mask using smartphone-GND-iStockemergence of several hot-spots around the world. Several of these are located in areas associated with high levels of air pollution. This study investigates the relationship between exposure to particulate matter and COVID-19 incidence in 355 municipalities in the Netherlands. The results show that atmospheric particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 is a highly significant predictor of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related hospital admissions. The estimates suggest that expected COVID-19 cases increase by nearly 100 percent when pollution concentrations increase by 20 percent.

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eC2: Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for Regional Marine Plastic Management

Deadline: 04-Jun-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) financial-inclusion-gender

The World Bank has received financial support from the PROBLUE Multi Donor Trust Fund and intends to use part of the proceeds to integrate gender dimensions into regional government efforts to address plastic production, consumption, and waste management and to mitigate the impact of plastic on marine ecosystems.

The World Bank seeks to contract an experienced consulting firm to conduct a literature review on key gender aspects of marine plastic management within the six participating countries, and to develop practical gender-responsive guidelines that each participating country can integrate in their national marine plastic management strategies and action plans.

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The new kids on the block: redefining “critical” minerals essential for a clean energy future

As the world battles the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and mine sites across the 780X439_CSM_Headerworld delay or suspend operations, we are reminded of Matshona Dhliwayo’s quote: “stars are born out of dark moments.” While the price of most so-called “critical minerals” may be down now, demand for these minerals will rise again, and certainly well before 2050. Indeed, the World Bank Group’s latest report has found that the more ambitious the climate targets become, the more minerals and metals will be needed for a low-carbon future. Continue reading

Weekly Round Up

3 phases to build more inclusive, efficient and resilient education systems in the wake of COVID-19

The pandemic has already had profound impacts on education. But it is possible to counter those shocks, and to turn crisis into opportunity. The policy responses to achieve this can be summarized in these three overlapping phases.

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How COVID-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective from international agencies

We are living through unprecedented times. The impact of the novel coronavirus and its TCard COVID statdisease, COVID-19, has reverberated through every corner of the globe—taking lives, destroying livelihoods, and changing everything about how we interact with each other and the world.

At a time of crisis, governments more than ever must rely on timely, reliable data to make decisions to mitigate harm and support their citizens. What’s more, given the grave impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in our interconnected world, decisions made today will have consequences that will last far into the future, affecting people in every region and community. 

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eC2: China Agricultural Weather Index-based Insurance (WII) Project-WII Product Design and

Deadline: 28-May-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) afr-improving-weather-forecasts-can-reduce-losses-to-development-in-africa-780x439

The project team is seeking the services of a vendor/consultant with proven track records in designing successful agricultural Weather Index Insurance products in the China market, and having strong expertise in weather/loss data collection, processing, analysis, WII product modeling, pricing and conducting related research etc.

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Human capital and climate action: Outcomes that deliver for people and planet

There is now a wealth of evidence that ensuring a well-educated, healthy, and well-students_in_primary_seven_at_zanaki_primary_school_in_dar_es_salaam_tanzania_heronourished population can pay bigger dividends to the economy than investing in roads and bridges alone. The World Bank Group’s Human Capital Project, launched in 2018, aims to accelerate more and better investments in people as a key way to unlock greater equity and inclusive growth.

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eC2: Technical Consultant – Scaling Wind PPP

Deadline:  19-May-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

IFC Advisory is looking to appoint an international firm as a technical consultant to replicate the Scaling Solar model through a new Scaling Wind product which further simplifies the technical requirements while still ensuring the highest quality of the resulting windfarms. IFC Advisory is seeking a Consultant (or consortium of Consultants) to adapt the technical requirements of the Scaling Solar documentation for wind. A parallel assignment is underway to modify the legal documents and it is expected that the present technical work will intersect with that effort.

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Coronavirus Live Series: Supporting Companies and Preserving Jobs through the Pandemic

The economic impact of #COVID19 will hit developing countries hard. What can be done to support companies and preserve jobs? Join IFC’s Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie von Friedeburg, for discussion on the topic.