World Bank Group Increases COVID-19 Response to $14 Billion To Help Sustain Economies, Protect Jobs

Focus on private sector and workers spearheaded by IFC to mitigate financial and economic impact of crisis

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2020 — The World Bank and IFC’s Boards of Directors approved today an increased $14 billion package of fast-track financing to assist companies and countries in their efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The package will strengthen national systems for public health preparedness, including for disease containment, diagnosis, and treatment, and support the private sector.

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Swift action can help developing countries limit economic harm of coronavirus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has already exacted a high cost in human blog_leaderlife and has been recognized for what it is—a global health emergency. As the virus spreads around the globe, the question now is whether lives can be protected and economic harm can be contained.

We know from history that when the global economy faces a common threat, quick, coordinated, and decisive action makes all the difference. That is beginning to happen. Several countries have announced stimulus programs, many have cut interest rates, and both the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund have unveiled massive financial-support packages to help countries overcome the health crisis and limit the economic damage.

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eC2: SRL-IFC Advisory-Sierra Leone Agricultural Initiative

Deadline: 23-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Florinda

The objective of this assignment is to improve the livelihoods of at least 150 households through improved agriculture (technical and commercial) and household practices (i.e. use of assets, family budgeting, nutrition, gender equity, etc.) and develop access to improved technical know-how by building capacity of 40 lead farmers that will share knowledge of improved technical practices with their peers.

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eC2: TechEmerge Health East Africa Program

Deadline: 19-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is seeking a consulting firm to provide support on Component 4, specifically to maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489support the pilot implementation phase of the TechEmerge Health East Africa program.

It is estimated that there may be around 15+ pilot projects supported under the program, with East African healthcare providers working with shortlisted Innovators to pilot new technologies that can improve their reach, operations, healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes. The majority of Providers participating in the program are in Kenya, however, it is expected that there will be a few pilots implemented in Uganda and Ethiopia, supporting the Providers that are participating from those markets.

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World Bank Group Announces Up to $12 Billion Immediate Support for COVID-19 Country Response

As COVID-19 reaches more than 60 countries, the World Bank Group is making available IDAan initial package of up to $12 billion in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the global outbreak. This financing is designed to help member countries take effective action to respond to and, where possible, lessen the tragic impacts posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Through this new fast track package, the World Bank Group will help developing countries strengthen health systems, including better access to health services to safeguard people from the epidemic, strengthen disease surveillance, bolster public health interventions, and work with the private sector to reduce the impact on economies. The financial package, with financing drawn from across IDA, IBRD and IFC, will be globally coordinated to support country-based responses.

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eC2: Key Factors for Successful Development of Offshore Wind in Emerging Markets

Deadline: 19-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The scope of the assignment shall cover the major topics that need to be considered by energypolicymakers and regulators when establishing a new market for offshore wind development. These shall include, but not be limited to, the following points:

1. Policy discussion on successful policy measures including drivers, targets;
2. Pre-development geospatial planning and technical studies, including zoning;
3. Stakeholder identification and consultation;
4. Legal key legislation to facilitate project development and delivery;
5. Environmental and social policies to ensure sustainable offshore wind development
6. Health & safety referencing best practice from Europe and related sectors (e.g. oil and gas);
7. Consenting roles and responsibilities between agencies and building public sector capacity;
8. Transmission models for development, financing and ownership of transmission;
9. Grid integration best practice in integration of offshore wind into grids
10. Tariff and bankability offtake mechanisms to ensure bankable revenue;
11. Project solicitation identification of sites, competitive methodologies for awarding rights;
12. Supply chain approaches to support and encourage local supply chain and infrastructure development (e.g. ports);
13. Financing project structures to minimize risk (both on public and private elements)

Full Terms of Reference (TOR) will be included in a future Request for Proposals (RFP) which will be issued to Consultants that are shortlisted from this REOI.

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eC2: Oromia National Regional State: Regional Investment Climate Competitiveness Analysis

Deadline: 24-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

As a part of the Ethiopian Investment Climate Program of IFC/WBG, The Ethiopia Sub-Data-collection-fragile-settings1National Investment Climate Project is a pilot initiative implemented in two national regional states with the aim to a) strengthen regional investment promotion, retention and expansion capacity in selected/target sectors b) enhance regional business climate through streamlined regulatory and administration procedures; and c) strengthen inter-agency coordination and public-private dialogue for improved regional investment climate.

As part of its ongoing engagement, The Project seeks to recruit an experienced firm to undertake the following assignments;
– Analysis of the Regions competitive advantages and prioritization of strategic sectors
– Deep dive analysis of the sectors
– Institutional capacity diagnosis and capacity for Oromia Investment Commission
– Regional Investment Climate/doing business analysis with deep dive on priority issues to be selected in consultation with relevant stakeholders
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eC2: ETHIOPIA: TECHNICAL ADVISE TO LIVESTOCK FARM PROJECT

Deadline: 02-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

IFC is looking for firm consultant to support the establishment of intensive goat farm located in the Southern Part of Tigray, Ethiopia, using irrigation-based large-scale fodder production, provide technical support on animal nutrition and vet protocol implementation. The consultant should be able to deliver SOPs, Work instructions, technical advise and supervision including comprehensive training and capacity building to complement the farm establishment.

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TechEmerge challenge- Health East Africa

The TechEmerge Health East Africa program was launched at CES 2020 as part of a index.pngWorld Bank Group (WBG) – CES Global Tech Challenge. TechEmerge brings technologies to new markets to drive sustainable innovation in regions that need it the most.

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TechEmerge challenge- Health East Africa

The TechEmerge Health East Africa program was launched at CES 2020 as part of a index.pngWorld Bank Group (WBG) – CES Global Tech Challenge. TechEmerge brings technologies to new markets to drive sustainable innovation in regions that need it the most.

TIMELINE 2020

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