Betting on Bankability: Picking up the pace of Manila’s Light Rail Transit system

When the Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension project reached financial close in March 2016 it was a landmark event for the Philippines and for Southeast Asia. It is an achievement for an enormous project worth some US$1.1 billion to go ahead in a region with not much of a track record of large-scale transport Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The project’s winning formula is a combination of at-times difficult ingredients: government responsiveness, a balanced risk profile, and project bankability. Continue reading

eC2: TDLC Asia Smart City Conference – World Bank Day Event Management

Deadline: 22-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) program is a partnership of Japan and the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (SURR) of the World Bank. TDLC is seeking to contract with a firm to support organization of our knowledge networking and outreach activity for the Asia Smart City Conference World Bank Day. The Consultant will support the delivery of the International Conference schedule for 11/17/2016, including planning and preparation, conference organization, and preparation of minutes. The Consultant will provide delivery of the conference service, starting from the preparation phase, during the implementation and through the follow-up phase.

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eC2: Development of ESIA Guidelines for Hydropower Projects in Myanmar

Deadline: 29-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) guidelines for hydropower HYDROdevelopment in Myanmar are required to provide clear, consistent and comprehensive guidance on:
(i) the legal requirements for impact assessment;
(ii) key issues to be considered in project design, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning, and assessed during the ESIA process; and
(iii) management plans to be prepared, to seek project approval and to effectively design, construct, commission, operate and decommission projects in a sustainable manner.
This includes application of the mitigation hierarchy to anticipate and avoid impacts to the fullest extent possible, and where avoidance is not possible minimize (e.g. abate, rectify, repair and/or restore) those impacts, and where residual impacts remain, compensate/offset for risks and impacts.

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The challenge to be climate smart with the world’s agriculture

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on August 11, 2016.

Here’s something you may not be aware of: agriculture and changes in land use already contribute 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a statistic that matters in the face of two unrelenting challenges now facing the globe –how to turn the promises of last December’s historic Paris climate change agreement into reality and how to feed a growing global population.

Already more than one billion people on the planet are now undernourished, and the world needs to produce at least 50 percent more food by 2050 to feed an estimated nine billion people. And we have to achieve that while delivering on the Paris agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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World Bank: Climate Change Poses Urgent Threat to Poor of Coastal Bangladesh

World Bank News – Washington, June 24, 2016.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nearly 12 million people live in poverty in the coastal region of Bangladesh.
  • Poor households in coastal Bangladesh will confront increasingly severe challenges from climate change through heightened cyclonic inundation, rising river salinity, and increased soil salinity.
  • The World Bank is working with the Government of Bangladesh to enable poor households to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Nearly 12 million people live in poverty in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. The climate already poses a challenge to the lives and livelihoods of these households, seen vividly in the damage caused by Cyclone Roanu a few weeks ago. New projections published by the World Bank suggest climate change will pose an even more severe challenge over the next three decades.

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News: World Bank Increases Support for Health Sector in Bangladesh

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016—The World Bank today approved $150 million in additional financing to help strengthen Bangladesh’s health systems and improve health services, particularly for the poor.

This additional financing to the Health Sector Development Program will continue support to implement the government’s Health Sector-wide Program. The support will help the government address health sector challenges including: sustaining and improving immunization coverage; improving deliveries for pregnant women at public health facilities; and tackling multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. The financing will also help Bangladesh improve public financial management to get more value from its public spending on health. Further, the financing will support developing a robust health information system, including a web-based complaint -handling mechanism – the first in Bangladesh.

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eConsultant 2: Flood Risk Assessment in South East Asia

Deadline: 27-Jan-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This assignment is to develop a multi-country flood hazard and risk model for a quick waterresponse financing mechanism and pricing for market-based parametric financial instruments. The model may utilize a combination of various data sources, such as historical flood and rainfall data, to underpin a rapid flood assessment methodology that triggers payouts when the event is more severe than a pre-defined threshold. The extent of an event that may trigger a payout should be measured by real-time data sources, such as satellite-based rainfall data, satellite-based flood data, rainfall gauges and river discharge gauges. The severity of an event may be measured by the population or other exposure in the flood footprint. Continue reading

eConsultant2: China Industrial Water Efficiency and Wastewater Treatment Market Study

Deadline:14-Dec-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Waste water plant

The program is designed to provide technical advisory services (AS) to industrial clients as well as partner banks to facilitate investment in cost-effective projects that conserve valuable water resources.The purpose of the study is to assist IFCs partner bank in building up the volume of water efficiency lending business by first understanding the industrial water efficiency and wastewater treatment market potentials in China.

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eConsultant2: Punjab Investment Climate Project – Review of the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade.

Deadline: 24-Oct-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

At the request of the Government of IFC and the DutchPakistan (GoP), the World Bank Group (WBG) has prepared, in co-operation with the Government of Punjab (GoPunjab) and in the context of the Punjab Growth Strategy 2018, Punjab Investment Climate Project. This advisory project aims to improve the investment climate in Punjab province

The T&C team is seeking the services of a qualified Firm (the Consultant) that can carry out a comprehensive review of the investment functions of the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) and recommend both changes to increase its effectiveness in this area of its operations and a program of capacity building which will allow these higher levels of effectiveness to be achieved. Continue reading

Basin modeling of the Brahmaputra river system in Bangladesh

Deadline: 31-Oct-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this consultancy deltais to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the Brahmaputra river basin, by creating a knowledge base and prioritizing the development issues though a stakeholder consultation process and using the knowledge base, to examine the potential development in the basin and attendant impacts of development, and support an information-based dialogue within and between riparian states. Continue reading