eC2: Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Lake Victoria Transport Program

Deadline: 22-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed program of interventions on and around Lake Victoria are expected to Image result for lake victoriacontribute to improve transport connectivity and sustainability. Whilst local impacts are identified and addressed in site specific ESIA, the lake ecosystem is large, complex, multi-dimensional and dynamic. Understanding the social and environmental issues thus requires comprehensive observation and management at the catchment scale in a holistic manner. Given the wider scope of the interventions on the Lake Victoria basin (both at the ports, but also with the lake itself), with knock-on or cumulative effects on the lakes overall catchment area, a strategic planning framework for the development and protection of the lake, its dependents, and associated infrastructure is critically important. This assignment is designed to support the LVBC do that.
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eC2: GAFSP Uganda Poverty Assessment

Deadline: 05-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is looking for a Consultant to help assess the impact of an investment project in logo_ifcUganda, financed by IFC and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.

The project is expected to be a senior loan to a bank in Uganda focused on the micro and small market segments. The purpose of the project is to support the expansion of the banks lending program to micro enterprises owned by women and in the agriculture sector.

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eC2: SME Ventures Knowledge Product

Deadline: 18-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFCs SME Ventures supports local entrepreneurship in FCS, IDA and frontier markets by logo_ifcproviding risk capital/ patient capital that are otherwise extremely scarce. Established in 2008, the successful raise of a follow-on fund by the Central Africa SME Fund validated IFCs pioneering role, and IFC secured Boards approval to expand the program globally in 2015.

Building on its decades experience, the SME Ventures, by working with the FCS Africa team, (the project team, hereafter) intends to develop a knowledge product that provides a practical and relevant information and guidance to GPs and LPs. The knowledge product will capture the SME Ventures and its partners experience and provide insights and solutions to day to day challenges that GPs and LPs face. The final report will be launched during the fourth SME Ventures Forum in March 2018.

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eC2: Market Research for Digital Financial Services in Cameroon

Deadline: 04-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Under The Partnership for Financial Inclusion, IFC is assisting a mobile networkIFC and the Dutch operator (MNO) in Cameroon to expand their existing customer segment to new clients and markets. IFC is supporting the MNOs plans to implement an expansion and financial inclusion strategy with research to identify opportunities in the market that will help the MNO develop the best products to service its customer base. IFC is looking for a market research firm (Consultants) for this research assignment on mobile money and access to finance in Cameroon. Consultants will be hired to conduct desk research, data collection and analysis on customer needs and preferences for financial services and the extent to which these needs may be met through mobile money. The market research will also involve a competitor analysis, agent profiling, customer segmentation, and product assessment. The goal is to identify and quantify the potential customer base in the Cameroonian market.

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Breaking the Cycle of Crisis

Thirty years ago, a million people in Ethiopia died in one of the worst famines in modern history – a disaster caused by conflict and drought.

Today, conflict and drought are again contributing to a crisis that has put 20 million people in four countries on the brink of famine. This time, Ethiopia is not among them.

eC2: Streamlining Veterinary Drugs, Vaccines and Feed Related Products and Business Procedures in Ethiopia

Deadline: 10-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Objective: The main objective of this assignment is to introduce regulatory reforms Koeien in de weiand also build the Veterinary Drugs and Feed Administration and Control Authorities capacity to enable it execute its role more efficiently.

Scope of Overall Work: The scope of overall work involves but is not limited to:
a) Capacity-building of VDFACA and its technical staff in the relevant areas of regulatory processes
b) Recommending and assisting VDFACA to implement streamlined registration and licensing procedures for the veterinary drugs, vaccines and animal compound feeds through, simplification, rationalization, and where possible and desirable, automation. This is in relation to procedures that are VDFACA s responsibility
c) Assisting VDFACA to increase the consistency and predictability of registration and licensing procedures
d) Strengthen VDFACAs capacity to conduct inspections on drug consignments at ports of entry, wholesale and retail outlets
e) Support VDFACA to increase its capacity for pharmacovigilance (market surveillance)
f) Support VDFACAs and or MoLFs capacity to address anti-microbial resistance and animal food residues
g) Upgrading of VDFACA laboratory staffs capacity to conduct tests on drug samples

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After Ebola, Liberia’s Health System on Path to Recovery

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  • More medical training and equipment mean Liberia’s medical services have improved since the 2014 Ebola outbreak killed over 4,800 people in the country
  • As a result, triage and isolation facilities in a hospital in Sinoe county helped contain a meningococcal outbreak in May 2017
  • The World Bank is one of a number of donors focusing on building up Liberia’s capacity to respond to future pandemics

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Counting the uncounted: 1.1 billion people without IDs

The World Bank Blog: Vyjayanti T Desai

An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide cannot officially prove their identity, accordingid4d-global-dataset to the 2017 update of the World Bank’s Identification for Development (ID4D) Global Dataset.

Identification matters

How do we prove who we are to the people and institutions with whom we interact? Imagine trying to open your first bank account, prove your eligibility for health insurance, or apply for university without an ID; quality of life and opportunities become severely restricted.  An officially-recognized form of ID is the key enabler – critical not only for exercising a wide range of rights but also for accessing healthcare, education, finance, and other essential services. According to the World Bank Group’s latest estimates, this is problematic for an estimated 1.1 billion people around the globe.

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As Natural Disasters Rise, Countries Call for Action on Resilient Crisis Recovery Planning

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  • Each year, natural disasters, compounded by climate change and conflict, cause more than $500 billion in losses
  • Yet governments, supported by the World Bank, increasingly understand that investing in disaster recovery enables them to “build back better”
  • The international community sees the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) as a call to action on recovery to make countries even more resilient to disasters