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

Changing the Environmental Trajectory to Build Sustainable Cities in Africa

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  • A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the natural capital of its cities. Unique features of Africa’s urbanization – such as substantially lower per capita incomes, high reliance on biomass fuels, extensive informal settlement with poor service levels, and the exposure of cities to environmental disasters, such as floods – are putting pressure on African cities’ natural environment and eroding the value of environmental assets
  • As a result, there is a significant risk that Africa’s cities may become locked into a “grow dirty now, clean up later” development path that may be irreversible, costly, inefficient, and reducing citizen’s welfare
  • However, there are important opportunities to change the trajectory that African cities are on, and to move toward a more harmonious relationship between the natural and built environments through green urban development policies

 

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eC2: Kenya PPP Support Program: Preparation for Manual and PPP Pipeline Screening

Deadline: 23-May-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

 

Preparation of Governance and Operational ManualPPPs

The objective of the activity is to hire a firm to support the GoK to prepare a governance and operating manual for the PFF. The core governance structure of the Fund and the scope of work as stated in the terms of reference, among other things, will define the services and deliverables of the consultant firm.

PPP Pipeline Screening

The objective of the activity is to hire a firm to support the GoK to screen a pipeline of potential, viable PPP projects, and deliver a series of concept notes/ material for 10 of the most promising projects.

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Competitiveness Boost Urgently Needed to Meet Africa’s Demographic Challenges

DURBAN, South Africa, May 4, 2017—Without urgent action to address stagnating psd-africa-competitiveness-report-2017-levels of competitiveness, Africa’s economies will not create enough jobs for the young people entering the job market, according to a report released today. If current policies remain unchanged, fewer than one-quarter of the 450 million new jobs needed in Africa in the next 20 years will be created.

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Moving Away from Humanitarian Appeals to Managing Droughts in Ethiopia

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  • The World Bank has approved another $100 million for a program in Ethiopia that focuses on long-term practical measures to prevent famine.
  • Despite these measures, this year’s widespread drought in the Horn of Africa has badly affected Afar and Somali pastoralists in eastern Ethiopia.
  • Ethiopia routinely supports people during prolonged droughts like this one, but has issued an appeal for international aid this year.

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