How is your life different from that of your parents?

Yunus owns a fabric store in Blantyre, Malawi. The store was founded by his inheritpossibility_780x439_1grandfather, who immigrated to Malawi in 1927, and has now been in his family for three generations. Business is good, Yunus said, but that the cost of essential services like electricity and water has gone up since his grandfather and father owned the store. Even so, he remains optimistic.

Marija Bosheva is a student at an agriculture and forestry vocational high school in Kavadarci, Macedonia. Like many high school students around the world, she takes daily lessons in history, math, biology, and chemistry. However, unlike many of her peers, she is also studying oenology — the art of making wine.

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eC2:Agriculture sector and crop value chains mapping and finance gap assessment in Mozambique and Malawi

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

Objective: The IFCs FIG aims to reduce the agribusiness finance gap in emerging markets and achieve large-scale food-supply impact in Mozambique and Malawi, by providing financial institutions (FIs) with Investment and Advisory Services. FIG would like to hire a consulting firm to carry out a mapping exercise of the agricultural sector and some pre-selected crop value chains, aligned to the agricultural development policy and/ or strategy of each country. This will include a detailed analysis of the value chain actors and facilitators, the role and impact of FIs (banks, microfinance institutions, Savings and Credit Co-operatives) and an assessment of the existing and potential financial services delivery channels, especially agency banking and DFS, with respect to rural smallholder farmers.

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eC2: Hydraulic study and Environmental Flows (EFlows) Assessment for the Mpatamanga Hydropower Project

HYDRODeadline: 22-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  IFC is supporting the Government of Malawi (GOM) with the development of the 309 MW Mpatamanga Hydroelectric Project. IFC is proposing to procure a consultant to provide certain services in this regard. The main objective of the services is to confirm the adequacy of the proposed operation pattern for the Mpatamanga HPP. The study is aimed at 1) confirming / identifying acceptable minimum and maximum flow for the daily peaking operations and 2) better defining the extent and impacts of the water level and flow velocity daily fluctuations, especially on important natural ecosystems downstream.

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A Smarter Way to Keep Teachers in Malawi’s Remote Schools

malawi_pictureAlberto Gwande and his students at Khuzi school in Malawi need more teachers. The school is severely understaffed, with only six teachers for nearly 800 students. “I was supposed to receive new teachers last year, but they never came,” recalls Alberto, the headteacher.

Khuzi is 20 kilometres away from Nathenje, the nearest large village with a trading center, and its Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) is 131 pupils per teacher. In contrast, Chibubu school, located four kilometers from Nathenje, has a PTR of 65, while Mwatibu school, located inside the village, has a PTR of just 49. And yet, despite the shortage at Khuzi, it was Chibubu which received four new teachers last year.

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eC2:Data collection for an energy efficiency and renewable energy assessment for an agri processor in Malawi

Renewable-energyDeadline: 17-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  The Consultant is expected to perform data collection by installing onsite metering devices and recording the readings over the period of several weeks. The data items will include overall electric demand and consumption at the level of a building/workshop, as well as for key individual units of equipment. The Consultant will measure the power output and supply from various sources, including the local power grid and diesel generators. The Consultant is also expected to measure solar irradiation at the company’s premises, as required to evaluate ground-mounted and rooftop solar power solutions Continue reading

eC2: Lilongwe Water PPP Technical Consultant

Deadline: 17-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

IFC will hire the services of specialist consultants to support the IFC Project Team in delivering the advisory mandate, which is currently under negotiation. The IFC is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) at this early stage to ensure timely appointment of technical consultants. The RFP will be issued once the mandate has been signed with the Government of Malawi. The assignment will be to provide technical support to the IFC team in undertaking this transaction advisory project. The transaction advisory will be implemented in phases: Phase 1 to update and refine the due diligence that was previously undertaken and to revise the Transaction Structure. Phase 2 will be the implementation of the transaction including preparation of necessary tender documents and supporting the full procurement process.
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eC2:Lilongwe Water PPP Legal Consultant

Deadline: 17-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

IFC intends to hire the services of specialist consultants to support the IFC Project Team in delivering the advisory mandate, which is currently under negotiation. The IFC is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) at this early stage to ensure timely appointment of technical consultants. The RFP will be issued once the mandate has been signed with the Government of Malawi. The assignment will be to provide legal advisory support to the IFC team in undertaking this transaction advisory project. The transaction advisory will be implemented in phases: Phase 1 will include due diligence and transaction structuring, Phase 2 will be the implementation of the transaction including preparation of necessary tender documents and supporting the full procurement process.
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eC2: Malawi National Electrification Strategy

Deadline:  01-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)India Energy

The objective of the proposed activity is to prepare a National Electrification Strategy (NES) for Malawi along with an NES implementation plan to support the national electricity access agenda. The NES will lay out the technical, institutional, and financial pathway to achieve Malawi’s access vision. The World Bank is seeking expressions of interest for conducting the activity. Interested firms are requested to submit the same highlighting their qualifications for undertaking the assignment based on the required criteria.

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eC2:Disaster Risk Reduction Practice Research and Capacity Building Support to SADC

Deadline: 16-May-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The SADC Disaster Risk Reduction Strategic Plan lays out the following key activities: To strengthen governance, legal and institutional framework at all levels of DRR in the region. Facilitate the identification, assessment and monitoring of disaster risks and support the enhancement of early warning systems at all levels. Promote the usage and management of information and knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels in the SADC region; Ensure that DRR becomes a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation; and The integration of preparedness and emergency response into national and regional DRR interventions.

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Article: Reviving Flood-Ravaged Livelihoods in Malawi

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on November 29, 2016

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In 2015, about half of Malawi’s 29 districts were hit by floods, destroying agriculturalImage

    livelihoods, leaving more than 1,150,000 people affected and 336,000 displaced

  • With $80 million in support through IDA, the World Bank has helped to restore livelihoods through providing agricultural inputs, rebuilding irrigation schemes, and stocking the national grain reserve
  • With community grain banks, families are now able to take care of themselves and are feeling less vulnerable to future disasters.

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