eC2: Pre-Feasibility study for a financing facility in the Danube River Basin Region

Deadline: 08-Aug-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank ECA Water team is considering different options to support client Danubemapcountries in the development of special financing facilities for water utilities, with a focus on facilities extending targeted lending to utilities for increasing their operational efficiency directly impacting their financial situation. A regional, multi-country or national financing facility would aim to achieve the following objectives: i) provide financing for small investments resulting in efficiency improvements which can contribute to achieving long term sustainability of WSS services; ii) improve cost recovery and financial sustainability and utility creditworthiness; and iii) contribute to building up a commercial banking market for WSS utility lending by developing the skills of commercial banks to take municipal/utility risk. See attached TOR for further details. The Firm to be selected will undertake a feasibility study to support the design of such financing facility.

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Building sustainable financing and resilient systems for health security in East Asia and the Pacific

blog-toomas-image001The East Asia and Pacific  region is vital to global pandemic preparedness. The region has been the epicenter of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. China and Southeast Asia alone accounted for approximately 90 percent of SARS cases and two-thirds of the human cases of avian influenza in the world. These outbreaks are driven by several socio-economic, demographic, environmental, and ecological factors, including close contact between humans and animals, encroachment with wildlife, high population density, rapid urbanization, high growth rates, and climate change.

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eC2: Innovative models for waste water planning, financing and regulation

Deadline: 05-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Wastewater resource recovery is being implemented in many countries around the waste water treamentworld but this is usually done in an ad-hoc basis and is not part of a long-term national strategy or policy. There are successes and failures around the world and information on the technological options abound, but there is much less information available on the institutional, regulatory and policy frameworks that incentivize these schemes nor on the financing/contractual arrangements behind these approaches. Many developing countries still think of wastewater as a waste; as something that needs to be treated and discharged. There is a need to move from a linear to a circular thinking.

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eC2:Technical Assistance: Capital Market Instruments for Financing Renewable Energy projects in Colombia

Deadline: 06-Jun-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) India Energy

The general objective of the assignment consists of establishing a term funding platform through capital markets for the renewable energy industry to provide an additional source of funds that would be comparatively inexpensive and could reduce the weighted average cost of capital for a given renewable energy project or portfolio, at the same time that the diversification of innovative financial products is increased, with advantageous cost, such Green Bonds and Asset Backed Securitization, to fund its operations over the mid- to long-term, aiming to attract a broader range of investors to the renewable energy market. As a first step, the main task consists of a detailed feasibility study to assess the viability of securitizing the underlying cash flows or power purchase agreement (PPA), of a given renewable energy portfolio of projects.

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Article: How Can We Finance the Resilient Cities of the Future?

Article published by the World Bank  on October 12, 2016.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • By 2030, without efforts to boost urban resilience, climate change may push up to 77 million more urban residents into poverty.
  • The world has a brief window of opportunity to make cities more resilient, but it will take a significant amount of funding—especially for developing countries.
  • A new report discusses the challenges and opportunities of unlocking investment in resilient infrastructure for improved urban livelihoods worldwide.

MoU World Bank and Government of Curaçao

On Thursday September 15th the World Bank and the Government of Curaçao signed a Memorandum of 20160915-img_4375-2Understanding (MoU) focused on strengthen the relations and promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise in areas of mutual interest. The Country Director for the Caribbean at the World Bank Ms. Sophie Sirtaine came to Curaçao for the official signing ceremony. The Government of Curaçao was represented by the Minister Economic Development.

The Minister of Finance was also involved in the process to get to this MoU. Both ministers were happy this MoU was signed as it is an expression of Curaçao’s desire to establish meaningful working relationships with strategic international partners in support of Curaçao’s long term sustainable development goals.

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eConsultant2:Cote d’Ivoire: Bridging Infrastructure Financing Gap – Feasibility Study of Infrastructure PPP Project Venture Fund (IP4VF)

Deadline: 13-Jun-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Government will need to build institutions to achieve a significant leap in efficiency and PPPseffectiveness in the delivery of the PPP program including project identification and preparation, project appraisal and transactions negotiations and closing with the private sector, and financing of PPP transactions. To achieve this, the Government is considering establishing an Infrastructure Fund which could consist of several sub-funds, including an infrastructure venture capital fund, an infrastructure equity fund, and an infrastructure debt fund.
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