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

‘Dutch development aid is effective and efficient’

Original article posted in the Volkskrant on September 2, 2015

Taxpayers’ money spent well

Useless waste of money, is more andVolkskrant more often the verdict about development aid. To the contrary, is the conclusion after the largest evaluation ever: development organizations are effective and efficient.

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“With electricity comes life” – lighting up Nairobi’s slums

The World Bank Group, through two Dutch-funded Trust Funds, is helping slums in Kenya getting connected to safe, reliable and affordable electricity.

With electricity, children can study at night, shops can operate into the evening, and hospitals can operate consistently. Through a community based approach, Kenya Power has gone from 5,000 customers in December 2014 to more than 150,000 customers in May 2015, just half a year later.

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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.

Afriflora is a family-run manufacturer and marketer of cut-rose products based in Ethiopia. Continue reading

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

India – Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project

The Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project for India, worth a total of $250 million, will support the recovery and increase disaster resilience in Project Areas, and increase the capacity of the Project Implementing Entity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency. The flood affected region consists of 22 districts, affecting 12.5 million people.

The project development objective is to support the recovery and increase disaster resilience in Project Areas, and increase the capacity of the Project Implementing Entity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.

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Bangladesh – National Agricultural Technology Program – Phase II Project

The World Bank approved a total of $176.06 million for the Second National Agricultural Technology Program. The project development objective is to increase agricultural productivity of smallholder farms and improve smallholder farmers’ access to markets in selected districts. This is to be achieved through the following components: Continue reading

Bolivia: 350 Thousand Rural Inhabitants to Benefit from Direct Community Investments

This article originally appeared on the World Bank website. More information about the project can be found at the project website.

On August 4, the World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors approved US$60 million in additional financing to expand the successful implementation of the Community Investment in Rural Areas Project (PICAR). The additional financing will increase the number of beneficiaries from 150 thousand to 350 thousand, most of them indigenous, and almost half women, in La Paz, Oruro, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba and Pando departments.

Up until now, a good portion of the initiatives were focused on creating or improving drinking water and sewer infrastructure, irrigation and micro-irrigation canals, pedestrian and vehicular bridges, greenhouses and cattle enclosures, among others.

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Myanmar National Electrification Project

The World Bank is currently negotiating with the government of Myanmar a National Electrification Project worth a total of $567, of which $400 will be provided by the World Bank.

The project development objective is to help increase access to electricity in Myanmar. This is to be achieved through the following components: Continue reading