Scaling up climate investments will require innovation in five key areas

 
Just ask the investors: businesses in emerging markets can no longer afford to ignore the risks posed by the changing climate to their bottom lines. Ranging from increasingly frequent and severe weather events to new regulations and changing consumer preferences, climate change is fundamentally transforming the way we do business. Increasingly, companies and their investors are seeking opportunities to transition to and invest in climate-smart portfolios.

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eC2: GAFSP Uganda Poverty Assessment

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

IFC is looking for a Consultant to help assess the impact of an investment project in logo_ifcUganda, financed by IFC and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.

The project is expected to be a senior loan to a bank in Uganda focused on the micro and small market segments. The purpose of the project is to support the expansion of the banks lending program to micro enterprises owned by women and in the agriculture sector.

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Online: Saturday Highlighted! Spring Meeting Events.

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State of the Africa Region

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Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am ET/ 14:00 – 15:30 GMT
Location: JB-1080, World Bank

Spotlight on Nutrition: Unlocking Human Potential and Economic Growth

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Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET / 16:00 – 17:15 GMT
Location: MC Atrium, World Bank

eC2: Financial Advisor to CI-Energies in Cote d’Ivoire

Deadline: 29-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

CI-Energies is a state-owned company responsible for managing assets in the electricity alcdsb-environmental-education-wiki-licensed-for-non-commercial-use-1051x1050sector and planning and contracting major investments in Côte d’Ivoire.

The financial advisor will have to become familiar with all relevant background documentation and shall be responsible for carrying out initial financial framework reviews:
– relevant existing reports, studies, audits, etc. necessary to become familiar with the electricity sector in Côte d’Ivoire (particularly in terms of sector revenues, costs and tariff analysis);
– existing financial forecasts, historical financial performance and technical operating history for the national utility and existing power generation arrangements in Côte d’Ivoire; and
– existing electricity laws and regulatory functions of various entities involved in the power sector.

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eC2: Global Investment Competitiveness Survey

Deadline: 07-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Global Investment Competitiveness Survey aims to capture business perceptions on banknotes_640the role of investment climate factors in guiding foreign direct investment (FDI) decisions. The survey aims to analyze the investment-decision process of FDI firms across all the steps of their investment cycle (e.g., investment plans, entry, expansion, and exit). The survey also measures the importance of investment climate variables in influencing FDI decisions (e.g., investment incentives, promotion, regulations, administrative processes, etc.). We have developed a preliminary draft survey comprises around 30 questions that should take around 20-30 minutes to complete.

The survey firm will be responsible for pilot testing and implementing the survey. In person (face to face) or telephone follow up interviews of selected respondents and write up of a small set of case studies will also be required to complete the assignment.

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World Bank Webinar: ‘Unleashing Private Investment in Renewable Energy’

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At the 9th of October, a panel of global and regional investors, a renewable energy developer, and a senior government official will discuss how success can be scaled; and explore the specific actions to leverage public energy financing for scaled up private flows. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will open the discussion in a moderated conversation with Norway’s Foreign Minister Mr. Børge Brende.

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eConsultant2: Investment Prioritization for Watershed-based Ecosystem Services Application to Nepal

Deadline: 08-Oct-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Kali-gandakiThe World Bank is looking for technical assistance in watershed management investment prioritization aimed at reducing sediments flow into the hydropower project. This ties into an ongoing project of the World Bank that help with the rehabilitation of the Kali Gandaki, a Hydropower Plant.

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IFC investment in Dutch Africa Improved Foods (Holding) (AIFH) in Rwanda

On July 7, 2015, the IFC and the AIFH have AIFHsigned an agreement for a $21.5 million loan and $4.5 million equity investment by IFC in AIFH. This loan comes with support from the Dutch-funded Global Agriculture Food Security Program (GAFSP), and is intended for the construction and operation of a 45,000 tons per year processing plant in Rwanda for fortified cereals to treat child malnutrition. Continue reading

IFC investment in Dutch Afriflora

Earlier this year the IFC proposed, and theAfriflora Board of Directors approved, an investment in the Dutch Afriflora Group. The agreement was signed on April 13, and the investment made a month later, on May 13, 2015. The investment consists of an IFC and MCPP senior secured €90 million (US$112 million equivalent) loan.

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IFC and Dutch investment banks team up

Data released by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, shows that Dutch investment bank FMO was the largest co-investor of the IFC in Fiscal Year 2014. Additionally, of the entire IFC portfolio, two of the five largest co-financiers were Dutch.

The IFC invests in private sector entities IFC and the Dutchthat are active in developing countries. However, as described in a previous blog post, the IFC’s share of the investment is typically no more than 25-35%. The remainder has to come from other investors. Continue reading