Haiti has been provided with an IDA Grant by the World Bank Board of Directors. This grant, worth a total of $50 million, was awarded in March for the Sustainable Rural and Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project.
The proposed objectives of the Project are to: (i) increase access to improved water supply and sanitation in targeted rural areas and small towns in zones affected by cholera; (ii) strengthen the Recipient’s water and sanitation service delivery mechanism at the deconcentrated level; and (iii) improve the Recipient’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an Eligible Emergency.
On July 28 the Board of Directors of the World Bank will be processing the Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project for Jamaica. This will be done on an Absence of Objection basis, with the project expected to be adopted without trouble.
The project involves a total of $7.5 million in support of the meteorological data gathering, of which $6.8 million is provided by the World Bank. The goal of the project is to improve the quality and use of climate related data and information for effective planning and action at local and national levels.
The IDB has offices in all 26 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean where it finances programs and projects. That is the big difference with the World Bank, which is active in almost every country in the world. But the fact that the IDB focuses on a smaller market could be beneficial for your company. Projects that work in one country, most likely will work in the other as well. This means that when you are succesful you are likely to be known in the market. The IDB is open to new innovative ideas but like the World Bank, experience in the countries you want to be active in is very important when trying to win tenders. We would also suggest your company contacts the local offices to find out more about the pipeline of projects before wanting to meet with IDB representatives. When you are in town send us an email and we can discuss visiting the IDB. Below a short description of the IDB and examples of tenders within the Energy and Water sector.