As part of their COVID-19 response, governments are exploring digital solutions to promote economic recovery. However, gender gaps in internet use and mobile phone access mean that job opportunities in the digital economy remain out of reach for many women. This inequality is exacerbated in communities affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), where women often face greater safety and security concerns, significant mobility constraints, and restrictive sociocultural norms. This is the case in Kaduna, a state in northern Nigeria affected by years of conflict and instability.
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 support 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.
One of the advantages of artificial intelligence (AI) is that it can help us carry out tasks faster and with fewer errors than humans. I wanted to test this on analyzing labor market demand and skills gaps. So, earlier this year, I partnered with Headai, a Finnish company, to apply an AI-enabled labor market assessment tool in Kenya. We used the tool to analyze: (a) online job advertisements from select online job portals in Kenya and (b) computer science curricula from the University of Nairobi and Moi University to identify the gaps between what the labor market is looking for and what the university curriculum is providing.
Deadline: 04-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
To support the entry of private energy firms to the Kakuma-Kalobeyei area as part of the KKCF, it is imperative that market-oriented data be available and packaged appropriately to make the commercial case for energy solutions for mini-grids, SHS, cooking, and productive use. In addition to making the commercial case, the practical steps toward entry of a private firm to the area should also be addressed (how to access land, what role would RAS or UNHCR play, if any, etc.). The assessment will cover Kakuma Town and Kakuma Camp, Kalobeyei Town and Kalobeyei Settlement. More specifically, the work conducted on mini-grid, SHS and productive use will cover Kakuma Camp and Town while the work on energy for cooking will cover both Kakuma Camp and Town and Kalobeyei Settlement and Town.
Deadline: 04-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Bank Groups Digital Development Global Practice is implementing a Global Cybersecurity Programme designed to develop Cybersecurity capacity and strategic awareness for public sector public officials in Africa and Asia. These public officials are then expected to champion their national Cybersecurity agendas and lead the cultural Cybersecurity change that is desperately needed in most developing countries.
Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The proposed Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)initiative seeks to improve the quantity and quality of livestock commodities produced in the county by the key value chain actors. More specifically, the LIFS project focuses on improved productivity across the red meat value chain from livestock production to slaughter, processing and access to markets.
The existing value chain in the county is however fragmented and characterized by limited coordination between the value chain activities and players, and disease control thus unable to compete directly in the international market with producers like Australia. For the Scheme to be bankable, preliminary findings inform of the need to focus on a differentiated product and targeting of high-value local and international markets. This assignment, therefore, seeks to engage an experienced consultant firm to develop a brand design and marketing strategy for export promotion of the products that will be produced in the LIFS value chain.
Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The RMNCAH TA MDTF is a multi-year trust fund intended to enhance effectiveness in achieving sustainable RMNCAH results by strengthening the health systems and support progress towards universal health coverage (UHC).
The MDTF is Bank-executed and provides effective and timely TA to develop capacity for efficient implementation of RMNCAH initiatives focusing on improving utilization and quality of essential RMNCAH services. This firm consultancy therefore aims to support selected counties to build/strengthen HPT supply chain systems into efficient, effective, responsive and sustainable systems with emphasis on the 13 lifesaving RMNCAH commodities according to the UN Commission for life saving Commodities through provision of technical assistance.
Deadline: 28-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The purpose of this consultancy is to conduct operational research to evaluate demand, supply, and implementation and institutional factors affecting UHC Phase 1 in the 4 counties selected for the pilot. A fail fast, learn fast approach will be used to promptly identify and address implementation barriers and ensure that the lessons learned are documented to further inform the UHC scale-up and are shared with other counties on time.
This story is part of a series that will run ahead of the third edition of the One Planet Summit which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 14, 2019. The Summit will bring together global leaders, entrepreneurs, international organizations, and civil society, to help accelerate and focus attention on climate investments in line with the Paris Agreement objectives. The Summit will focus on promoting renewable energies, fostering resilience and adaptation and protecting biodiversity in Africa. Follow #OnePlanet for live updates and tune in live on March 14.
Combinatorial innovation is driving innovation in satellite-based economic measurements at unprecedented resolution, frequency and scale. Increasing availability of satellite data and rapid advancements in machine learning methods are enabling a better understanding into the fundamental forces shaping economic development.
Why satellite data innovations matter
The desire of human beings to “think spatially” to understand how people and objects are organized in space has not changed much since Eratosthenes — the Greek astronomer best known as the “father of Geography” — first used the term “Geographika” around 250 BC. Centuries later, our understanding of economic geography is being propelled forward by new data and new capabilities to rapidly process, analyze and convert these vast data flows into meaningful and near real-time information