eC2: DEVELOPMENT OF TRAINING MANUAL AND E-LEARNING SYSTEM FOR GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Deadline: 28-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Financial Education

The World Bank seeks to contract a consultancy firm to develop a training manual for the Government Performance Management System in Bangladesh. The training manual will be in Bangla and English. Also an e-learning platform will be developed to complement the training manual. It is desired that the interested firms have experience of working with the Government Performance Management System and development of the training systems to be used both for face to face training as well as self-administered online/ virtual training. The assignment requires for interested firms to have team members with experience in the development of training materials for the government and e-learning modules. A strong network in Bangladesh, and partnership with public sector institutions in developing the training systems would be advantageous for the qualified firms. The firms should have the capacity to identify national experts with profound understanding of the Government Performance Management System as well as the public administration system in Bangladesh.

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eC2: BANGLADESH RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAM: FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY REVIEW

Deadline:  11-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)energy

Assignment Description: Assess financial sustainability of BREB and PBSs; develop pathways and actions plans to meet universal access target by 2021; and ensure financial sustainability of the institutions going forward.

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eC2: Improving empirical evidence and analytical support on investments in Coastal Resilience in India and Bangladesh

Deadline: 10-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)blog-in-benin-can-resilient-investment-solutions-save-a-battered-coast-780x439

Assignment Description:  The World Bank aims to apply financing from GFDRR to support efforts to improve the resilience of its coastal areas in India and Bangladesh to enable future investment plans towards building long-term resilience. This technical assistance aims to support the Governments of Bangladesh and India to enhance analytical understanding of past and current interventions, determine lessons learned to assess and improve the quality of resilient investments and improve service delivery of disaster risk management by building and expanding institutional capacities through knowledge exchange and technical and operational collaboration. The expected outcomes of this study are a detailed study assessing past and current coastal resilience interventions (such as multi-purpose cyclone and flood shelters, early warning and dissemination systems, coastal embankments, and community based disaster risk management), cost-benefit analysis of various intervention options, and best practices and lessons learned through data analysis, conceptual/numerical modeling and stakeholder consultations. Also, a comprehensive dissemination strategy will be developed to share the results of the study with the involved agencies, practitioners, and the public in general.

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Toward Great Dhaka: Seize the golden opportunity

Had you looked across Shanghai’s Huangpu River from west to east in the 1980s, you bangladeshmapwould mostly have seen farmland dotted with a few scattered buildings. At the time, it was unimaginable that East Shanghai, or Pudong, would one day become a global financial centre; that its futuristic skyline, sleek expressways, and rapid trains would one day be showcased in blockbusters like James Bond and Mission Impossible movies! It was also unimaginable that the Shanghainese would consider living in Pudong.

How wrong that would have been! Pudong is now hosting some of the world’s most productive companies, and boosting some of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods. And Shanghai has become China’s most important global city, lifting the entire hinterland with it.

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eC2: Architectural design and construction oversight for climate resilient housing in the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh

Deadline: 05-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) pexels-photo-296559.jpeg

Objective: IFC is partnering with a prominent microfinance institution (MFI) to develop and pilot a climate resilient housing microfinance product in the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh. The firm selected will support this effort through designing the architecture for and overseeing the construction of climate resilient housing renovations. The firm will be expected to: 1.Support the capacity development of the partner NGO to introduce the housing micro-finance product in the market. 2.Review various construction designs for the climate resilient low-cost housing for vulnerable communities and develop recommendations that can be piloted through micro finance. 3.Roll out pilot through the partner NGO overseeing the financial and engineering activities.

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eC2:GEOHAZARD RISK MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENT ROAD ASSET MANAGEMENT IN BANGLADESH

untitledDeadline:  12-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The proposed project adopts a systematic approach to assist the Governments of Bangladesh to determine their climate and seismic risks of geo hazard in transport sector. Landslides in Bangladesh have been considered relatively minor compared to flooding. However, with the recent intensified rainfalls during monsoon and unplanned hill cuttings and deforestation in the hill tracts areas, the number of landslides costing people’s lives and properties has been increased in this decade. The project will assess the climate and seismic risks of the roads in Sylhet and Chittagong Hill Tract Districts and identify the highest impact/hot spot areas. Once the priority hotspots are identified, detailed site specific risk assessments will be made and detailed planning process will be conducted with all the relevant specialized agencies. The determination of the hot spots will be done looking at historical evidence on the landscape over time, rainfall data, traffic volume and use by the local communities. Consultations will be conducted with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and other relevant departments including Road Highway Department (RHD). Duration of the assignment is 10 months.

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eC2: Business Plan Development for the Bangladesh Wastewater Treatment Sector treating Textile Manufacturing Effluent

Waste water plantDeadline: 17-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: IFC is keen to initiate the textile wastewater treatment market in Bangladesh, by creating a holding company (the Platform) that will invest in wastewater treatment plants and provide treatment services to textile companies in Bangladesh. The Platform will also serve as a basis for developing and demonstrating successful business models and technologies for treating wastewater for the textile sector in Bangladesh. To initiate this plan, IFC is seeking a consultant (the Consultant) to help develop a business plan to address the wastewater treatment requirement of these WDF units. The Consultant will define the strategy and profitability of this business and its development prospects. The Consultant will work closely with the IFC to determine the best strategy to approach the market and also help develop a strong pipeline of potential immediate opportunities the Platform can pursue.

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Lessons from the Field: Bangladesh, Mobile Money and Financial Literacy for Women

MFS-Bangladesh_780x439.pngThe World Bank Group’s (WBG) Universal Financial Access 2020 (UFA2020) envisions that all adults worldwide will have access to a transaction account or an electronic instrument to store money, send payments and receive deposits by 2020.

The lack of financial inclusion is a pressing issue in Bangladesh, and women are disproportionately excluded: only 26% of women have accounts at financial institutions. Mobile financial services (MFS) are well positioned to deliver financial services to segments that can prove prohibitively expensive for banks, such as women in rural areas. Despite the strong growth of the mobile financial services (MFS) market, only 6% of women have MFS accounts.   Continue reading

Unlocking Women’s Potential in Sri Lanka’s Labor Force

SriLanka-SocialMedia-7803Pushpa drops her youngest son off at the day care centre at St. Theresa’s Church in Thimbirigasaya every day. The 37-year-old then heads to work as a maid. There are days when this routine becomes impossible. If her child is feverish, for instance, the day care won’t accept him because he may infect the other children.

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