eC2: Mapping and prioritization of hydropower resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo

HYDRODeadline: 10-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this activity is to inform the Government of DRC (GoDRC)s plan to develop its vast and untapped hydropower resources. The activity will (i) assess and map geospatially DRCs hydropower resources; (ii) rank small, medium, and large green field hydropower sites based on technical and economic considerations; (iii) provide narrowed/priority lists of sites by category, with a focus on mid-size sites (10 100 MW), and based on multi-criteria analysis jointly identified with the Government and the World Bank; (iv) provide in-country advice and training to enable stakeholders to participate in the production, maintenance and future enrichment of the database and related information created and (v) offer practical advice for implementation of priority site development. The priority lists and implementation advice will form practical guidance based on which the GoDRC will launch prefeasibility or feasibility studies of selected medium size hydropower sites funded separately under IDA resources.
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Three criteria to better classify PPPs in Africa

14114018832_e77c929548_kIt is broadly understood that public-private partnerships (PPP) are a procurement tool that encompass design, financing, construction and long-term operation of a public infrastructure by the private sector. They can be cost-effective thanks to adequate risk transfer and performance criteria, and help bridge Africa’s large infrastructure gap in many sectors.

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Fair Progress? Economic Mobility across Generations Around the World

If you are born into a low-income family, what are the chances that you will rise higher Fair-Progress-Pictureregardless of your background? The ability to move up the income ladder, both in one’s lifetime and with respect to one’s parents, matters for fighting poverty, reducing inequality, and even for boosting growth. Yet, mobility has stalled in recent years in large parts of the world, with the prospects of too many people across the world still too closely tied to their parents’ social status rather than their own potential, according to the findings of a new World Bank report launched today. Mobility is also much lower, on the average, in developing economies than in high-income economies. The developing world accounts for 46 of the bottom 50 economies in terms of mobility in education from the bottom to the top.

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eC2: Communication Consultant – Banjul Port PPP

public-Private-PartnershipDeadline: 21-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Government of the Gambia (GoTG) wishes to implement a public private partnership (PPP) to rehabilitate, operate and develop the Port of Banjul. Established in 1972, the Port is managed by the Gambia Port Authority (GPA) and is currently operating as service port. It accounts for almost 90% of the countrys trade and serves as a secondary regional hub, with volumes going to the hinterland (Southern Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Western Mali). Throughput has grown substantially in the past decade, with a compounded annual growth rate of 7.3%. between 2007 and 2017 and 105,000 TEUs in 2017.

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Investing in waste management to create job opportunities for Malawi’s Youth

mw-investing-in-waste-management-to-create-job-opportunities-for-malawis-youth-780x439Malawi, a small country in Africa, has a population of over 18 million. According to World Bank estimates, Malawi had 52.2% of the total population between 15 and 64 years as of the beginning of 2017. However, Malawi has a high level of unemployment among the productive population which is largely composed of young people.

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eC2:Lighting Tanzania: Business Skills Training for Solar Entrepreneurs in Tanzania

Deadline:  23-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Solar-street-lights-in-Guinea1

Objective: Lighting Africa, a World Bank Group program, seeks to accelerate the development of commercial off-grid lighting markets in Sub-sahara Africa as part of the wider efforts to improve access to energy. Lighting Africa is helping mobilize the private sector to build sustainable markets to provide the rural and urban poor in Sub-Saharan Africa with safe, affordable, and modern off-grid lighting. In Tanzania, given the large geographical size of the country and the dispersed population, off-grid energy is well positioned to play an important role in reaching the rural population. Lighting Tanzania program would like to scale up the adoption of solar technology through building the technical and business skills of SMEs engaged in the activities of installation, spare part sales, maintenance service and retail of quality-verified solar lanterns and solar home systems to enable them reach the rural population.The overall objective of the assignment is to train approximately 25 distributors/importers in Dar es Salaam and Arusha and 300 retailers/ sales agents in 6 zones (Arusha, Dodoma, Dar es salaam, Mwanza, Mbeya and Mtwara) to enhance their knowledge of off-grid solar products, business management and technical capacity. This will be achieved by providing training of business management courses and Lighting Global quality framework.

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Millennials Welcome! Young women are revolutionizing the startup scene despite conflicts in MENA

untitledThe start-up scene in the Middle East and North Africa region is booming. The growing number of incubators and accelerators that can be found from Beirut, Ramallah, Gaza to Cairo and Casablanca have gained recognition beyond the region. Our team at the MENA Youth Platform has been studying the emerging trends, and one thing is clear: the next revolution will look very different, and young women are at the forefront of innovation such as artificial intelligence. Impressively, a new startup-ecosystem index shows how Tunis and Amman lead the MENA crowd based on an assessment of available human capital, access to finance, the vibrancy of the startup scene, available ICT infrastructure, an enabling macro-context, and global market access.

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For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope

Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban Land-Conference-2017.jpgexpansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and social inclusion, are intimately tied to land and the way it is used. Addressing these challenges while also ensuring individuals and communities are able to make full use of their land depends on consistent, reliable, and accessible identification of land rights.

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For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope

Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban Land-Conference-2017.jpgexpansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and social inclusion, are intimately tied to land and the way it is used. Addressing these challenges while also ensuring individuals and communities are able to make full use of their land depends on consistent, reliable, and accessible identification of land rights.

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eC2: Open Cities Participatory Mapping in Saint-Louis, Senegal

Deadline: 02-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)jhb

Objective: Open Cities Africa will be carried out in 8-10 cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, to engage local government, civil society, and the private sector to develop the information infrastructures necessary to meet 21st century urban resilience challenges. Each project will: 1) Create and release open spatial data about the built environment, critical infrastructure, and natural hazards; 2) Develop targeted products and/or tools to assist key stakeholders to utilize risk information towards addressing natural disaster risk in the selected city; 3) Enhance the local capacity and institutional development necessary to support the design and implementation of evidence-driven urban resilience interventions; and 4) Promote peer mentorship and build regional networks across cities.

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