Impact investing with the World Bank. How to make a difference – the case of IDA

For over 70 years, the World Bank Group has successfully raised funds in the capital ida_blog.jpgmarkets to invest in development projects. Through its arm for middle-income countries, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the World Bank Group funded public sector projects like roads, green energy, health or education systems; and through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), it provided capital to the private sector in developing countries to help businesses grow and provide jobs, taxes and other wider societal benefits.

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eC2: Agricultural Technology Solutions for IFC Clients in Vietnam

Deadline: 07-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

As part of its efforts to build its leadership in providing access to Ag tech solutions to smallholder farmers that help improve their overall agricultural production practices and sustainability, the Ag Tech Vietnam project aims to: 1) develop and apply ag tech innovations in up to 3 crops in Vietnam to inform precise farming response resulting in reduced input use and costs; and 2) roll out a commercially viable model for at least 1,200 smallholder farmers usage of Ag Tech services and achieve scale.

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eC2: Acceleration Services for AG Tech Project in Vietnam

Deadline: 29-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)scaling-up-innovations-in-agriculture-lessons-from-africa-780x439

As part of its efforts to build its leadership in providing access to ag tech solutions to smallholder farmers that help improve their overall agricultural production practices and sustainability, IFCs Ag Tech Vietnam project aims to: 1) develop and apply ag tech innovations in up to 3 crops in Vietnam to inform precise farming response resulting in reduced input use and costs; and 2) roll out a commercially viable model for smallholder farmers usage of Ag Tech services and achieve scale.

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Staying focused on better outcomes for the world’s poorest people

Global growth remains subdued, with the pace of investment and trade softening, and DC_presdownside risks persisting due to policy uncertainty, trade tensions, financial volatility, and rising debt. The World Bank Group, in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, can help emerging and low-income countries bolster potential growth, increase their resilience to shocks, boost domestic revenues, and continue building policy buffers. The two organizations have an important role to play in addressing the increase in debt vulnerabilities, and they can help countries meet a range of challenges to the international financial system, including tackling corruption.

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eC2: Kosovo Solar Technical, Environmental and Social Consultant

Deadline: 28-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-Kenueone

IFC has been retained as lead transaction advisor by the Government of Kosovo to procure the development, construction and operation and maintenance of 50 MW of utility-scale solar PV power on a PPP basis (the Project). As such, IFC is procuring a technical, environmental and social consulting firm (or consortium) to advise on the Project. The assignment will be split in to several phases and is expected to include: initial assessment of the potential site; review of grid code and development of the PPA technical limits schedule; detailed site studies, including ground investigations, grid integration studies and E&S scoping; and support to the tender process (e.g. tailoring of technical specs, prequalification evaluation, bid evaluation). The Project may also include an element of battery storage. Engineering firms should consider partnering with E&S firms to strengthen their E&S offering. Use of local partners for ground investigations and local E&S expertise is also recommended.

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The private sector—an engine for growth and stability in fragile countries

Fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) threaten to derail significant progress that has beenuntitled made in improving living standards and reducing poverty over the past decades. While extreme poverty is going down around the globe, it is increasing in countries impacted by fragility and conflict. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, almost half of the world’s poor will live in countries facing FCV challenges.

In countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence, the private sector plays a critical role in providing jobs and income.  Inclusive and sustainable economic growth can also help heal grievances stemming from economic exclusion. These countries likely already face high levels of public sector debt, so private sector investment can bring an infusion of capital without increasing the debt burden. But these volatile environments struggle greatly to attract and sustain the long-term private sector investment that is needed to help them break the “fragility trap.”

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eC2: Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Market Studies

Deadline: 07-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is an approach aimed at increasing farm productivity sustainably, taking into consideration climate change concerns and impacts. More specifically, the World Bank defines Climate-Smart Agriculture as an approach to managing landscapescropland, livestock, forests and fisheriesthat aims to achieve three wins: (1) Increased productivity to improve food security and boost farmers incomes; (2) Enhanced resilience to drought, pests, disease and other shocks; (3) Reduced GHG emissions. IFCs Strategy is to contribute to CSA by providing investments and advisory operations that contribute to the three pillars of CSA. To adopt climate-smart agricultural practices, farmers need access to sufficient and adequate finance and skills to rightly use finance.  In line with the aforementioned, IFC is looking for a consulting firm to conduct agricultural supply chain mapping and market studies of CSA technologies and practices to support financial institutions to increase lending for CSA in three target countries.

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eC2: Estimating GHG Impact from Food Losses

Deadline: 23-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) food_waste_garbage

IFC developed an easy to use excel based tool/calculator that that can quickly and conservatively estimate the GHG emissions associated with wasting a ton of agricultural produce. The purpose of this task is to further develop this platform by adding more countries, more crops, and a baseline for crop losses in the different developing countries under consideration. This can help identify and promote investments that would reduce agricultural food losses and associated GHG emissions.

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eC2: IFC Research on Women & Ecommerce in Emerging Markets

Deadline: 29-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) woman

IFC seeks expressions of interest from firms to quantify, qualify and articulate the state of women in eCommerce, and the potential for eCommerce platforms to contribute to closing gender gaps through jobs, skills development and access to finance. This research aims to serve as a foundation of knowledge when building and growing gender-equitable eCommerce platforms in Africa and South East Asia.

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eC2: Fiji Health PPP – Technical Consultant

Deadline: 01-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), has been engaged by the Ministry of PPPsEconomy of the Government of Fiji to advise it on implementing a PPP transaction for the redevelopment of Lautoka Hospital and Ba Hospital. The objective of the Project is to improve the health care infrastructure at the Project Hospitals and the quality and access of health care services.

The project is divided into three phases:

Phase 1: Due diligence and transaction structuring.
Phase 2: Transaction execution – project tendering.
Phase 3: Post transaction support – 24 month period.

IFC is looking to engage a Technical Consultant for Phase 3, for post transaction support to the Government and the Project team over a 24 month period. This will involve assistance with short-term contract management, technical assistance, and the development of contract manuals and capacity building for the client to develop the competency required to manage and monitor the PPP contract over the concession term.

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