Deadline: 19-Apr-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The Government of South Africa has identified agriculture as one of the key sectors that could contribute to greening the economy due to its backward and forward linkages with job generation, food security, foreign export earnings and raw material production, making the sector an important engine for the growth of the rest of the economy. At the same time, this potential is significantly threatened by climate change . With more than 70 percent of its croplands relying primarily on rainfall for farming, existing cropping and livestock systems will be directly affected by expected climate induced changes in precipitation and temperature patterns. The agricultural sector is therefore one of the focal sectors of South Africas National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) that was promulgated in 2020 and of the countrys updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement . The adoption of climate smart agriculture technologies provides opportunities for sustainable intensification consistent with food security and development goals, and climate change adaptation and mitigation needs.
Deadline: 16-Nov-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Water scarcity, greater water demand and changing water supplies due to climate change are severely affecting large parts of Southern Africa, including South Africa, posing a significant risk to the region. In 2019, IFC and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), launched the Agri-Processing Resource Efficiency (APRE) programme to address this challenge. The programme aims to assist the agri-processing sector in South Africa to improve sustainability and competitiveness, emphasising reductions in water use, along with related reductions in energy and fuel. The objective of this assignment is to continue the development and implementation of the APRE policy and regulatory work with local authorities and user groups in the three localities. The consultant will be required to manage partnerships with key stakeholders related to the promotion of water-use efficiency measures with a public-private sector focus.
Deadline: 29-Oct-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
South Africa has committed to increasing its renewable generation capacity to help fulfil its international climate change mitigation commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Currently, the majority of electricity generated by the South African electricity utility, Eskom, and sold on to inter alia, municipalities is coal based. The electricity landscape in South Africa is, however, changing – moving away from the single buyer model to accommodate other generators and buyers. To date, municipalities have not fully participated in the energy transition especially around decarbonizing the electricity sector.
Deadline: 18-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC has launched the Agri-processing Resource Efficiency (APRE) Project which aims to help the post-harvest agri-processing sector in South Africa to improve sustainability and competitiveness, emphasizing reductions in fresh water consumption through improved efficiency and/or water recycle/reuse, along with reductions in energy and waste and increased adoptions of renewable/clean energy. Animal slaughtering and processing (i.e. read meat and poultry), diary, fruit & vegetables are top three target sub-sectors for APRE to help in South Africa. The objective of the assignment is primarily to help develop new business and deliver solutions to clients by engaging with agri-processing companies in the three target sub-sectors to provide advisory and implementation support on water/wastewater and related energy efficiency measures to save water and operational costs, as well as to support sector aggregators to develop and disseminate replicable solutions and best practices.
Deadline: 03-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group (WBG), launched the Agri-processing Resource Efficiency (APRE) Project that has two core components:(1) provide advisory and implementation support to agri-processing companies on water efficiency measures, develop and disseminate replicable solutions and best practices together with sector aggregators; and
(2) work with public/private stakeholders in three localities on specific policy/regulatory measures to support water efficiency, convening public-private dialogues to reach consensus on them. Red meat processing is one of the priority subsectors for engaging under the first component of APRE program. IFC is seeking a consulting firm to help with the resource efficiency benchmarking of the red meat abattoirs in South Africa that aims to assess the gaps in the efficiency of the use of resources, with focus on water, and identify areas for improvements in performance and sustainability.
Deadline: 30-Sep-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The selected firm will be expected to constitute a multi-disciplinary team to undertake the following key tasks as agreed during a clarification session:
Preparation of a report giving an overview of global water stewardship practices that drive collective action partnerships. Review the publicly available information on corporate water stewardship and other initiatives that are currently being implemented in South Africa or have been implemented over the past 10 years.
Arrange and facilitate a multi-stakeholder process to develop a comprehensive list of corporate water stewardship activities and initiatives relevant to the South African water sector. From the list of projects select a minimum of 10 unique/ novel corporate water stewardship responses applicable to closing the water gap in South Africa.
Deadline: 29-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective of the research and subsequent report is to develop recommendations on an implementable strategy for fintech as a key component of the regional financial services in South Africa. The research will build on previously undertaken work National Treasurys Financial Centre for Africa (FCA) policy work, the previous Payment aspects of financial Inclusion (PAFI) report and the Finnovating for Africa report, 2017 as well as the recently released Doing Business Report. Deliverables include:
Articulate a vision, concept and strategy for a fintech focused financial centre and define a shortlist of specific interventions required; Shortlist a few short- to medium-term policy, legal, regulatory or tax interventions with the greatest potential for impact – Creation of a dynamic, mobile friendly application to allow for the data to be seen in different slices as well the use of APIs to allow dynamic view of the sector.
About 5 years ago we embarked on a global initiative titled “Thirsty Energy” to respond to water-energy nexus challenges around the world. The initiative, a joint effort of the Water and the Energy Global Practices at the World Bank, has finally come to an end. We wanted to reflect on the lessons learnt along the way, as our team has developed a fantastic set of material and methodologies to move the needle forward on this issue. We hope that the global community takes advantage of this to ignite change.
Growth is picking up in South Africa, and this is good news after two years of declining incomes per capita. Observers are revising their forecasts, and optimists foresee economic growth to exceed 2% in next years. In recent months, several events have indeed improved South Africa’s economic outlook: the smooth transition in power, the authorities’ reaffirmed adherence to principles of good governance and debt stability, and the upward revision in national accounts, revealing higher economic activity in 2017 than previously measured.