eC2: Design of Mini-Grid Financing and Support Component

Deadline: 01-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – WashiIndia Energyngton D.C.)

The Objective of this assignment is to prepare the Mini-grid Component of the Rwanda Renewable Energy Fund Project. The mini-grid component is expected to support private sector renewable energy mini-grids to demonstrate that commercially viable mini-grids are able to deliver affordable electricity services to households and enterprises in rural areas.

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Independent Power Projects Essential to Electrify Sub-Saharan Africa

New World Bank Report!

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 – A new World Bank report draws from experiences in fivepowering-africa-inside-banner African countries to explain why independent power projects (IPPs) are crucial to help deliver electricity to the 600 million people without it in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report highlights the challenges policymakers face and factors that can lead to scaled-up and sustainable power sector investment.

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eConsultant2: Technical Consultant for PV Project in Madagascar

Deadline: 28-Jan-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Government of Madagascar has requested the assistance of the International Finance evd__8324Corporation (IFC) to act as lead advisor for the selection of independent private producers (IPPs) to develop a total capacity of 40 MW of solar power, across several sites. IFC will provide transaction advisory services for the structuring of the transaction and the selection of suitable private investors, through a competitive bidding process.
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Dutch Health delivers four boats to Bangladesh

On December 2, 2015 the Minister of Disaster Management and Relief, Hon. Mofazzal DutchHealth Boats BangladeshHossain Chowdhury (Maya) Bir Bikram, MP, handed over four Search and Rescue Boats, built by Dutch Health BV, to the National Coast Guard of Bangladesh. This project was financed by the World Bank.

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WB Blog: Three innovations to drive infrastructure development

World Bank Blog post submitted by Teo Eng Cheong

A few months ago, I had a chance to visit the Panama Canal, which celebrated its 100th

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anniversary last year. It is truly a mega-structure that is the largest infrastructure project of its time.

When I saw it, what struck me the most was – “How could this be possible”? One hundred years ago, Panama was a country that was just formed and capital markets were not very well-developed. And technology was obviously not as advanced as it is today.

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PPP WB Blog Post: Recommended PPP contractual provisions

How to accelerate the process and reduce costs for public-private partnerships? Recommended PPP contractual provisions

The blog post focuses on the frequently expressed concern over the time and expense involved in creating the legal agreements that are at the center of everyPPPs PPP project.

Everyone recognizes the importance of PPP contracts, since they are the documents that set out how the partnership will work – but there are constant calls for making the contractual drafting process quicker and less expensive.

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eConsultant2: Strategic Basin Assessment of Brahmaputra System in Northeast India

Deadline: 31-Oct-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

A Strategic Basin Assessment (SBA) will serve to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the Brahmaputra river India basinbasin from a system-wide perspective, by creating a knowledge base and suite of modeling tools that can be used to examine the potential development in the basin and attendant impacts of development, and support an information-based dialogue within and between riparian states.

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US$250 Million Program to Support Jordan’s Energy & Water Sectors

The World Bank Board of Directors approvedsyrian-refugees-saeed3today a US$250 million financial package to support Jordan’s process to reform the energy and water sectors, two critical public services which are challenged by scarce resources and further burdened by a sharp rise in demand caused by the influx of Syrian refugees.

“The water sector is on track to start generating energy efficiency savings that will help to reduce the fiscal and environmental footprints of the sector.”

– Caroline van den Berg, World Bank Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist.

Jordan’s historic vulnerability to the fluctuations in fuel prices, coupled with the frequent interruptions in piped natural gas from Egypt since the outbreak of the Arab upheaval in 2011, have severely taxed the budget. To compensate for the gas shortages, Jordan has resorted to importing more expensive diesel and fuel oil. This development encouraged the Government to develop and implement programs to diversify and reduce cost of energy supply through the development of domestic renewable energy resources and alternate natural gas supply options for power generation.

On the water front, Jordan has historically grappled with water scarcity, which has forced the Kingdom to maximize its use of shared resources, while becoming more dependent on non-conventional, and often very energy-intensive, water infrastructure.  A series of external shocks, including the fluctuations in oil prices and the influx of the Syrian refugees in the country, have rapidly increased the cost of water. In response, the Government is implementing a sector reform program that aims to optimize the allocation of water resources, while reducing the use of energy in the sector – a program that would be supported by the DPL. The plan will optimize the use of existing surface water resources while allocating increasing flows of treated wastewater to farmers and industry to support economic growth while reducing the over-extraction of groundwater.

“We are pleased to continue supporting the Government of Jordan in implementing its ambitious and far reaching reform programs, which aim to bolster the country’s broad development agendas.”

– Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Director for the Middle East.

The water sector is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the country, and hence any increase in energy efficiency will help to reduce the cost of water and reduce emissions and subsequently the carbon footprint of the sector.

In addition to the new US$250 million loan, the World Bank’s portfolio in Jordan comprises three projects amounting to US$430 million, as well as 15 trust fund grants for a total of US$83.4 million.

More information can be found on the World Bank website, where you also may find the program document.

eConsultant2: Consultancy Services for development Investment Plan Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100)

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

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The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) is in the process of developing the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100).Based on concept notes prepared by the BDP2100 team and by additional verification and consultation, the Consultant will review the baseline studies conducted by the BDP2100 team; assess each of the priority short and medium term projects identified for investment in consultation with stakeholders and the BDP2100 team; develop in consultation with all relevant stakeholders from the public and private sector a list of nominated projects; and for each project prepare detailed descriptions, which would be included in the final report the BDP2100 Investment Plan.The implementation period for this assignment is over a period of 12 months.
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Multilateral Development Banks and Safeguards

This piece is an abstract. Article originally published in the Huffington Post. on September 8. Full article can be viewed on its website.

Independent evaluations at multilateral WB HQdevelopment banks (MDBs) have called for a reform of the system of safeguards that they use to deflect potential damages to communities and the environment associated with the investments they finance. Without such mitigation, roads can harm habitats, dams displace communities and slum rebuilding hurt livelihoods. The purpose of reform, the reviews stressed, should be to improve environmental and social outcomes of safeguards, while reducing inefficiencies in their implementation. Continue reading