“With electricity comes life” – lighting up Nairobi’s slums

The World Bank Group, through two Dutch-funded Trust Funds, is helping slums in Kenya getting connected to safe, reliable and affordable electricity.

With electricity, children can study at night, shops can operate into the evening, and hospitals can operate consistently. Through a community based approach, Kenya Power has gone from 5,000 customers in December 2014 to more than 150,000 customers in May 2015, just half a year later.

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Tender: Uganda – Bushenyi-Sheema Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Tender posted on DevBusiness website (www.devbusiness.com). Log on to DevBusiness to review full tender.

Borrower/Bid No: NWSC/HQ/WORKS/2014-2015/160541

Country: Uganda

Deadline: September 22, 2015

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) hereby invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the Bushenyi-Sheema Water Supply and Sanitation Project – Phase 1: construction of the following works which are located in and around Sheema and Bushenyi Districts in the Western region of Uganda: Continue reading

India – Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project

The Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project for India, worth a total of $250 million, will support the recovery and increase disaster resilience in Project Areas, and increase the capacity of the Project Implementing Entity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency. The flood affected region consists of 22 districts, affecting 12.5 million people.

The project development objective is to support the recovery and increase disaster resilience in Project Areas, and increase the capacity of the Project Implementing Entity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.

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Kenya and the World Bank Group: Taking stock 2015

From the Kenya – World Bank Group Taking stock 2015 report.

In fiscal year 2015 alone, some $1.3 billion of Kenya - investmentsnew IDA resources – the Bank’s finance at concessional rates – were committed: the largest in Kenya’s history. The value of the overall portfolio of 27 projects of about $4.3 billion as of June 2015 is almost double what it was just five years ago. Investments are spread across many key sectors, ranging from hard infrastructure (roads and energy) to human development (health and community development) to managing climate risk (agriculture and coastal management) to strengthening institutions delivering public services (judicial reform). Continue reading

eConsultant2: Nigeria – Monitoring and Learning, Programmatic Approach to Support Nigeria Pilot Projects

The selected firm will provide World Bank task teams with a combination expertise and experience in beneficiary feedback collection and analysis, organizational performance management survey design and analysis and in coordinating new knowledge to inform learning internally and externally.

There are two interdependent objectives and tasks that will be fulfilled via the solicitation of the international firm(s). Continue reading

Lesotho – Systematic Country Diagnostics published

The World Bank has recently published the Lesotho Systematic Country Diagnostic. A Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) informs each new country partnership. The diagnostic identifies the most important challenges and opportunities in a country, and serves as the basis for the World Bank’s engagement with a country.

Abstract from the World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostic for Lesotho:

Lesotho is one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world. It is a small, mostly mountainous, and largely rural country of about 2 million people, completely surrounded by South Africa. The persistence of poverty and rising inequality are striking for an economy that grew at annual rates of 4 percent per capita over the past decade. Continue reading

Egypt – Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program-for-Results

In two weeks, the World Bank Board of Directors will be discussing the Egypt Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services project. This project, financed under Program-for-Results financing, is expected to be accepted by the Board and involves a total of $1.25 billion, of which $550 million is provided by the World Bank, $170 million is provided by the Government of Egypt, and $530 million is provided by other donors.

The objective of the Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services project is to strengthen institutions and policies for increasing access and improving rural sanitation services in the Governorates of Beheira, Dakahliya, and Sharkiya in Egypt.

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World Bank project pipeline per region

Curious about future World Bank projects in the geographic region you are active in? Interested in knowing how much will be invested by the World Bank in a particular country? Want to know the pipeline of projects, with information on the project amount, the main sectors and themes, and the link to the project website?

Last week we published the pipeline projects Image result for pipelineper sector, but since then have been asked to provide the information per region too, as some organizations have a specific regional focus and expertise.

The information is currect per June 29, 2015. Not all projects may ultimately be approved by the Board of Directors.

Pipeline Africa (total pipeline: $8.315 billion)

Pipeline East Asia & Pacific (total pipeline: $15.606 billion)

Pipeline Europe & Central Asia (total pipeline: $10.574 billion)

Pipeline Latin America & Caribbean (total pipeline: $10.257 billion)

Pipeline Middle East & North Africa (total pipeline: $2.415 billion)

Pipeline South Asia (total pipeline: $10.419 billion)

Public procurement in the context of natural disasters

Original blog published by Felipe Goya on the World Bank website.

Nepal is coping with the consequences of a disastrous earthquake. During the next months the government will be under a lot of pressure to respond quickly to the needs of the population.

Public procurement units across the Volunteers unload relief materials in Nepalcountry will also feel this pressure. They will be deciding over the purchase of goods and services with taxpayer money. On the one hand, the purchases are urgently needed. On the other, there is a risk that taxpayer money can be wasted if decisions are taken too hastily.

One instrument that can be helpful in this kind of situation is a framework agreement. This should be part of any country’s Disaster Risk Management plan. Its aim is to have a procurement system ready that responds quickly to an emergency. But this quick response should not increase risks beyond what policymakers have defined as acceptable. Special procurement procedures for emergencies should be part of disaster management systems and should especially include tailored framework agreements.

Specific considerations:

  • Delivery capacity
  • Price speculation

Read the full article at http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/shaping-procurement-plan-emergencies?CID=EXT_TWBN_D_EXT.


Vietnam Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project

The World Bank Board of Directors will discuss the Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project in Vietnam on Tuesday, June 30. Upon approval, this project will receive a total of $238 million from the World Bank for a grand total of $314 million.

The Project Development Outcome is to improve farming practices and value chains in the targeted project areas, and promote institutional strengthening of relevant public agencies in effective support to implementation of the Agricultural Restructuring Plan. The project consists of three different components:

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