eC2: Enabling Private Sector Participation in Electricity Distribution

Deadline: 14-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Policy makers acknowledge the role of private sector in distribution but would want to understand business models that may be suitable considering the local context of states in India. Till date only two cases of private sector participation in the Indian electricity distribution (under Licensee mode) have been tried in the states of Delhi and Odisha with mixed results. Beyond these two examples, other models of private sector participation (PSP) such as distribution franchises are also prevalent in the country and have met with mixed results. Further, Govt. of India in the past had also drafted an amendment bill to Electricity Act for introducing carriage and content separation, which may be another approach to encourage competition in the electricity distribution sector.

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The private sector—an engine for growth and stability in fragile countries

Fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) threaten to derail significant progress that has beenuntitled made in improving living standards and reducing poverty over the past decades. While extreme poverty is going down around the globe, it is increasing in countries impacted by fragility and conflict. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, almost half of the world’s poor will live in countries facing FCV challenges.

In countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence, the private sector plays a critical role in providing jobs and income.  Inclusive and sustainable economic growth can also help heal grievances stemming from economic exclusion. These countries likely already face high levels of public sector debt, so private sector investment can bring an infusion of capital without increasing the debt burden. But these volatile environments struggle greatly to attract and sustain the long-term private sector investment that is needed to help them break the “fragility trap.”

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eC2: Market Study for Thailand: Private-Sector Plastics Circularity Opportunities

Deadline: 25-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) eu-plastic-regels-2019

Engage with targeted plastic value chains and private sector players in Thailand and understand the market drivers and challenges in scaling up circular economy approaches;  Review local regulations and benchmark with applicable best practices to identify opportunities as well as gaps that could be limiting broader adoption of plastics circularity; Define the current state-of-play for the local waste plastics recycling industry, including demand and supply volumes, market opportunity, and growth drivers and constraints; and Summarize key findings based on the private-sector focused plastic value chain and recycling market analysis and recommend priority actions.
This in-depth study should analyse current and near-term market opportunities and challenges for private-sector participation in Thailand based on a combination of market analytics, scenario analyses, and reasonable assumptions to address key data gaps.

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eC2: GAFSP Private Sector Window Madagascar Impact Evaluation – Baseline

Deadline: 03-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)TF - GAFSP

IFC is looking for an experienced evaluation firm to help conduct the baseline study of an impact evaluation of a project both IFC and the Private Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) are investing in. The operation is in Madagascar and is in the agribusiness sector. The objective of the evaluation is to assess impact on beneficiary income, yields, and food security. The intended methodology is quasi experimental design. IFC invites firms with strong background in impact evaluations to submit expression of interest. Experience with evaluations in the agribusiness sector in Africa required.

IMPORTANT, please note: EOI should be submitted in one document per firm and not exceeding 40 pages total including all annexes and CVs.

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A private-sector role in managing land administration? We did our homework

In this blog space in October 2017, we discussed the role of private sector in land administration and mentioned our unit would undertake an assessment and conduct landmanagementglobal consultations on the issue. Our idea was to discuss current experience and explore ways to enhance this kind of partnership.

Last month in Vienna, we completed the third consultation where 40-some participants joined us—split equally between government and private sector representatives. This followed two consultations held in Dubai last October and Kuala Lumpur in February.

Our consultations addressed several questions:

•    What models of PPP in land administration should be considered?
•    What are their minimum requirements?
•    What risks are involved and how can they be mitigated?

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eC2: Circular Economy and Private Sector Development

Deadline: 26-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This firm consultancy will explore how circular economy (CE) approaches, specificallyindex among poor people and communities can achieve outcomes that promote poverty reduction, enhanced welfare and create new and expanded employment opportunities. The final output would cover, the potential role of CE in development; case studies and assessment of market potential; different policy approaches for scaling CE, and; recommendations to governments. The consultancy will be based on desk review, economic modeling and detailed case studies that will be selected collaboratively. This EOI was tender for a smaller amount and is now being retendered with an updated amount and TOR.

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eC2: Improving Private Sector Participation in Dhaka Public Transport

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the consultancy is to support the preparation of Dhaka Public Transport BRTC_double_decker_bus_03652Improvement Project (DPTIP) by i) assessing and improving institutional regulatory framework and client capacity to increase private sector participation in the public transportation sector in Dhaka; and ii) assessing and recommending specific PPP options and business-financial models for the operation of the feeders associated with the BRT line from Gazipur to Mohakhali, for the associated BRT infrastructure and for the operations of the city-wide bus service. The extent of PPP potential must be well assessed and structured based on client capacity, similar experiences in Bangladesh, the relative appetite of banks and investors in Bangladesh to invest in the transport sector (including through the exploration of financing options such as leasing), and the cost/access to finance for private operators and investors.

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Recap: Compliance Event

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the World Bank Group held a joint event on

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Compliance and Integrity on February 1st, 2019 in The Hague. The event focused on taking a practical approach and shedding some light on specific issues and questions. The World Bank explained the major do’s and don’ts when working with the Bank and what it means to be under investigation.

The event was well attended and well received by the audience which comprised mainly of the Dutch private sector. The insights and openness of the participants helped the audience understand the issues that arise and more importantly how to proceed in those cases.

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The recovery of St. Maarten: Opportunities for Dutch companies

St. Maarten was violently hit by hurricane Irma in 2017 which prompted the Dutch untitledgovernment to provide funds to help with the recovery. The Dutch government contributed 550 million euros of which EUR 470 million placed in a trust fund, managed by the World Bank Group, and EUR 80 million used for emergency aid and other activities needed to offer immediate relieve to the people of St. Maarten.

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Opportunity knocks: A capital increase for the World Bank

On 1 November I started my new job as Executive Director at the Board of the World koenBank Group. I am incredibly proud to represent the Netherlands and 12 other countries at this important global institution. I cannot think of a mission more important than ending extreme poverty, boosting shared prosperity and achieving the sustainable development goals. I have seen the World Bank achieve results all over the world, most recently when I worked in Mali.

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