When it comes to infrastructure projects, “unsolicited proposals” (USPs) represent an alternative to the traditional project initiation method where the private sector, rather than the government, takes the leading role in identifying and developing a project. In practice, many public authorities across the world resort to USPs motivated by the perspective of solving the challenges brought by their lack of capacity to identify and develop projects. However, many projects that originate as USPs experience challenges, including diverting public resources away from the strategic plans of the government, providing poor value for money, and leading to patronage and lack of transparency, particularly in developing countries. To ensure governments can mobilize the strengths of the private sector while protecting the public interest, USPs, when accepted, should be managed and used with caution as an exception to the public procurement method.
Africa is a continent rich in natural resources and boasts a large young, ambitious, and entrepreneurial-minded population. Harnessed properly, these endowments and advantages could usher in a period of sustained economic growth and increased well-being for all Africans. However, a lack of modern infrastructure is a major challenge to Africa’s economic development and constitutes a significant impediment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
A major factor hindering infrastructure implementation and delivery is the absence of good governance, according to the 130 delegates from 27 countries who came together for the first Regional Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance in Cape Town in November.
There’s no denying infrastructure is crucial to Africa’s growth prospects. Nor can one ignore the ever-growing need for infrastructure on the continent—in Sub-Saharan Africa, only 35% of the population has access to electricity, and 23% still lack access to safe water and sanitation. Despite an estimated shortfall of nearly $100 billion in infrastructure investment in Africa, lack of financing is not the biggest problem.
Deadline: 11-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: SCOPE OF WORK: Under this consultancy work, a Multi-Sector Screening and Prioritization Tool for proposed infrastructure projects (from the 19 infrastructure sectors as defined in Perpres 38/2015), will be developed for the Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS).
Imagine that you are an advisor to your country’s Minister of Education. A recent earthquake damaged hundreds of schools in several cities. The minister has called for a meeting with you and asked:What can be done to prevent similar damages in the future?
So… What would you advise? In search of answers, we spoke with the leaders of the World Bank’s Global Program for Safer Schools (GPSS), who have recently launched an innovative tool, the Roadmap for Safer Schools. This roadmap is a guide to design and implement systematic actions to improve the safety and resilience of school infrastructure at risk from natural hazards.
What makes schools unsafe?
Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations.
I was recently in West Africa to witness the effects of coastal erosion. To understand what’s going on, we took a three-country road trip, traveling from Benin’s capital Cotonou, along the coast to Lomé in Togo and then to Keta and Accra in Ghana. These three countries, among the hardest hit by coastal erosion, offer a snapshot of what is happening along the rest of the coast, from Mauritania, via Senegal to Nigeria.
Deadline: 11-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: IFC is soliciting proposals from marketing communications firms to develop a 7-month consumer awareness above-the-line (ATL) strategy and design for Lighting Africa Kenya II’s consumer education campaign in Kenya targeting the different relevant segments. This ATL strategy will primarily involve the choice, selection and media placement in appropriate channels for the program’s consumer education campaign to support its current target market and clients.
Deadline: 12-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: IFC wants to develop and publish a world class Knowledge Guide on Internationally accepted Supply Chain Finance (SCF) best practices and techniques while also focusing on the Pakistan market. The objective of the Knowledge Guide is primarily to present to banks and other SCF practitioners with both a broad overview of international best practices in SCF, as well as, lessons learnt from practical work done in Pakistan. The aim is to establish some basic benchmarks and suggest strategies for financial institutions that are either considering entering or are currently engaged in the field of SCF. The SCF Knowledge guide will draw widely from existing research and literature, as well as from primary research with international and Pakistan stakeholders.
Deadline: 15-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: Mapping of degraded areas, prioritization of interventions, and definition of restoration models in the District of Sussundenga (Manica Province), with focus on the Chimanimani National Reserve and its buffer zone. The contract duration is four months.
Deadline: 07-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The consultant will be responsible to provide technical and management support to the Bank team in the urban and federalism program in Nepal. The support will be particularly focused on the activities of the Nepal Urban Governance and Integrated Infrastructure Support (P163418) project and the Urban Governance and Federalism ASA (P165231). The World Bank Group now invites eligible consultants to express their interest in the assignment. Interested consultants must submit up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and an application letter indicating that they are qualified to perform the tasks specified in the Terms of Reference. Please note that the total size of all attachments should be less than 5MB.