– threatened by new variants, outbreaks, and case spikes. It’s also a recovery that is uneven and unequal. Many low- and middle-income countries continue to face high levels of transmission as well as bottlenecks to vaccination, which contribute to business activity remaining below pre-pandemic levels.
March 11 marks one year since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. While the past year has been tremendously challenging, there have been remarkable stories of human resilience, ingenuity, and creativity. On this grim anniversary, we wanted to bring you stories from around the world that inspire. The following six stories are not billion-dollar projects, but the tales of everyday entrepreneurship and innovation happening on a small scale with a big impact. The World Bank Group is continuing to support the poorest countries as they look to a build a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive recovery.
1. Lao PDR: Unlocking the Full Potential of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise
Deadline: 04-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of the project is to support the SMEs in Cote d’Ivoire to effectively participate in the on-going procurement reform and win more procurement contracts through a transparent and competitive process. The winning firm is expected to design and roll out a training program to train SMEs, in coordination with the authority. The selected firm is required to put forward a team that includes an individual who is well versed in the public procurement policy and institutional framework of Cote d’Ivoire as well as an individual with extensive experience in providing capacity building with thorough understanding of the reality of SMEs in Cote d’Ivoire.
The assignment is expected to be a fixed budget contract of $300,000.
Deadline: 06-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
This market study will produce new information and data about the jobs growth potential and constraints faced by the Mozambican SMEs that will be of use to this project and more in general to the Lets Work Partners and other development programs working in the labor demand agenda in Mozambique.
The main objective of this consultancy is to estimate potential appetite of firms (SMEs) and entrepreneurs for a Business Plan Competition type of intervention, promoted under a project of the Government of Mozambique (supported by the World Bank)that seeks to increase empowerment, access to education, and employment opportunities for targeted youth. hence investment-retained in response to project interventions.
Have you ever walked around a megastore, lost in the aisles of choices, only to go home without the one item you set out for? Conversely, have you ever wandered into a much smaller “mom and pop” shop and found everything you need?
Many reasons compel us to support small and medium businesses: tailored knowledge, personalized service, and the satisfaction of contributing directly to the local economy.
Deadline: 26-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Interested firm should be experienced with the design and implementation of financial (IT) solutions, preferably focusing on SMEs and retail consumers. The firm/consortium is required to demonstrate (i) proven expertise (with concrete examples) in designing, developing and implementing financial IT solutions (ii) proficient in Arabic and building multi-language applications; (iii) local presence in Middle-East region, preferable in Jordan with management staff and ICT experts; (iv) experience working with government agencies and multi-lateral and international institutions. Assessment of proposals will be based on the qualification criteria.
Deadline: 12-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
(i) Projecting likely grid access rates over the medium-term (by leveraging information on current and expected electric grid coverage), and subsequently mapping out areas that will need to be served by off-grid solutions; (ii) Estimating the size of the potential commercial off-grid market through countrywide household and SME surveying focused on ability and willingness to pay for electricity service and/or off-grid solar products; (iii) Stocktaking on institutional electricity access, including the number, variety, and location of institutions that are off the grid and their likely electricity needs going forward; and (iv) Identification of barriers/risks across the local off-grid solar value chain, and a review of the regulatory structure as it pertains to the products and range of distribution models.
Earlier this month, development banks from around the world took stock of where they stand and where they see their efforts having the greatest impact at a meeting organized by the World Bank and Brazil’s development bank, BNDES.
As the world strugglesin narrowing that gap. They can help to crowd-in the private sector and anchor private-public sector partnerships, particularly for infrastructure financing.
Deadline: 23-Jan-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of the assignment includes:
– Mapping Central African Republic’s SMEs working in different sectors such as agriculture, mining, trade, forestry, construction, telecommunications, tourism, crafts or any other potential sector for the development of the Central African economy;
– Establishing the obstacles to SME development and growth;
– Making concrete recommendations to improve the business and investment climate.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) employ about half of the workforce in developing countries. SME growth may thus raise incomes for many low-income households. But SMEs often face significant constraints to growth relative to large firms ranging from excessive red tape to limited access to finance.
In this talk, Miriam Bruhn will discuss empirical evidence on commonly used policies for SME growth. Miriam will cover policies that work and policies that don’t in the areas of regulation, access to finance, and business practices. Encouragingly, evidence from Mexico, Georgia, Peru, and elsewhere shows that there are a number of programs that governments can implement to support SME growth. She will also highlight implementation challenges and caveats for some of these policies.
How to join! 12:30 – 2:00 PM, November 8, 2016