eC2: Kenya SME Road Construction Program

Rural Infra in CambodiaDeadline: 16-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) seeks to accelerate the development of Kenyan MSME road contractors to enable them to submit more qualified bids and win more contracts in public sector road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance. The Kenya SME Road Contractors project would like to scale up the business skills of MSMEs engaged in road construction activities, with the aim of increasing their opportunities in the sector.

The overall objective of the assignment is the delivery of a business management training Program which will target Kenyan road contractors registered with Kenya National Construction Authority (NCA) in the categories NCA3 NCA6 to enhance their business management skills and capabilities to strengthen the efficiency of their business operations. This will include training on practical bidding skills and project management.

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eC2: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management to Sustain Local Infrastructure

Camerooon.Deadline: 09-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the technical assistance (TA) is to increase the capacity and knowledge of a selected LGU (1 province) in dealing with climate/disaster risks faced by local transport infrastructure and pilot an institutionalized coordination process with the national agencies to better inform local roads planning, using a learning-by-doing approach. Based on this activity, technical notes/guidelines will be prepared for the ongoing provincial roads program to benefit all participating LGUs. LGUs are the implementing units under the provincial roads program, and hence increasing their technical capacity in dealing with climate resilience for local roads will improve the performance and development impact of the provincial roads program.

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How can we help cities provide the building blocks for future growth?

Basic infrastructure makes all the difference in the lives of people. Sometimes a road is all it takes… Access to clean drinking water and sanitation can improve children’s health,childrens_play_ground_in_a_public_park_-_by_ngoc_tran-shutterstock-resized reduce waterborne disease, and lower the risk of stunting. Street lighting can improve the safety of a community, reduce gender-based violence, and add productive hours for shops and economic activities, which can help people escape poverty.  A paved road can lead to a world of possibilities for small business owners, increasing access to additional markets and suppliers, as well as opportunities to grow their businesses.

The urban infrastructure finance gap
Cities already account for approximately 70-80 percent of the world’s economic growth, and this will only increase as cities continue to grow. In the next 35 years, the population in cities is estimated to expand by an additional 2.5 billion people, almost double the population of China. As a vital component for connectivity, public health, social welfare, and economic development, infrastructure in all its forms – basic, social, and economic – is critical for the anticipated urban growth.

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eC2: Assisting Tunisie Autoroutes in exploring management and financing options of highway Infrastructures and identifying a pipeline of potential PPP projects

PPPsDeadline: 05-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the assignment is to determine the best course of action to encourage sustainable participation of private sector in the management and financing of Tunisias highway network.

As sub-objectives, the study will:

1. Determine the appropriate institutional structure to manage private investment in Tunisias highway network, including reviewing whether the current operational model of STA is fit-for-purpose. Based on the questions below, prepare operational recommendations and an action plan, that would answer the following questions: i) How effective and efficient is the current management of the highway assets? ii) should STA retain all its responsibilities (e.g. construction; O&M; tolling)? iii) would another structure be better? iv) what does international best practice say?

2. Determine broader sector investment needs to achieve service levels needed by the economy and the users;

3. Identify a pipeline of viable PPP projects in highway sector and prepare a road map for their preparation and implementation.
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eC2: Natural Hazard Assessment for the Reconstruction of Critical Transport Infrastructure

Deadline: 21-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

The World Bank provides technical assistance to the Government of Myanmar to support technical solutions for Chin State by hiring an international consulting firm to prepare a hazard and vulnerability assessment for road rehabilitation to inform planned investments under the Myanmar Floods and Landslides Emergency Recovery Project in Chin State in Myanmar. The overall objective of the assignment is to contribute to the increase of capacities of the relevant ministries and agencies of the Government of Myanmar in the adoption of appropriate natural hazard assessment approaches in designing transport and infrastructure. The activity will (i) help provide technical solutions on geohazards specifically for Kalay Hakha road; (ii) draw out lessons along the above process, including data gaps and recommend solutions for improvement; (iii) and provide capacity building for the Ministry of Construction on this practice. The assignment is expected to be completed within the period of an estimated six months upon mobilization.

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Infrastructure sharing in energy and digital development: takeaways from cross-sectoral cooperation

ict_day_card_1In many parts of the world, the sharing economy is ever-present for individuals, allowing them to use personal assets—for example, houses and cars—to their fullest potential. If you plan to be away for a period of time, why not rent your space for a few extra bucks?

Such a phenomenon exists in infrastructure economics, where the level of asset utilization matters for end-cost. As more consumers use the same infrastructure more frequently, the unit cost for all consumers goes down. Recent projects combining expertise from the World Bank’s digital development and energy teams demonstrate this.

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Three criteria to better classify PPPs in Africa

14114018832_e77c929548_kIt is broadly understood that public-private partnerships (PPP) are a procurement tool that encompass design, financing, construction and long-term operation of a public infrastructure by the private sector. They can be cost-effective thanks to adequate risk transfer and performance criteria, and help bridge Africa’s large infrastructure gap in many sectors.

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GIF: making climate-smart infrastructure bankable

gif_card_1There are many drivers of climate change, but few would disagree that energy infrastructure built according to “business-as-usual” standards is a major one. Meeting the lofty goals set at the 2015 Paris Climate Accords requires powering our homes, businesses, and government agencies with a cleaner mix of energy that includes more renewable sources. It also requires promoting standards that encourage energy efficiency—for example, for appliances or building codes—as a low-cost and high-impact way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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eC2:Technical Assistance on Project Screening and Prioritization and Outline Business Cases (OBCs) Development for PPPs in Infrastructure Sector

Deadline: 30-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

Description: The objectives are to provide technical assistance and advisory services to BAPPENAS Directorate of PPP and Financial Engineering, specifically on: (a) PPP project screening and prioritization; and (b) development of outline business cases (OBCs) for selected PPP projects. The technical assistance under this TA will be structured into two main activities: (i) project screening and prioritization; and (ii) development of OBCs. The activity outcomes are to screen and prioritize the projects and expected to feed into the subsequent OBCs development for the most priority projects.
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eC2: Increasing Rail Freight Share in India

indexDeadline: 24-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Indian Railways has many freight marketing policies which are designed to increase rail freight share, however, it has not been able to meet its stated objective. A few of the strategies include: 1)Development of Private Freight Terminals by private sector to provide intermodal transport connectivity and serve as a marketing interface in between IR and intended customers 2)Rating mechanisms which leans on what the cargo can bear and favours long lead movements 3) Private Sidings and Own your wagon schemes which induce private equity, ownership and increase in infrastructure to assist movement of cargo on rail.

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