eC2: Fintech Scoping in South Africa – Financial Sector Development and Reform Program Phase II

Deadline: 29-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Financial Education

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.

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Thirsty Energy: A five-year journey to address water-energy nexus challenges

WB_Infographic_6x32_1000About 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.

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Breaking the vicious cycle of high inequality and slow job creation

nasikiliza-breaking-the-vicious-cycle-of-high-inequality-and-slow-job-creation-780x439Growth 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.

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eC2: South African CCS Capacity Building Plan for the South African National Energy Development Institute

Deadline: 30-Jun-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) India Energy

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has been mandated by the South African Government and parties to the South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage Research Agreement (SACCCS) to investigate the potential for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in South Africa through the implementation of the South Africa CCS Roadmap (Roadmap). The Roadmap comprises five key milestones and SANEDIs role in the Roadma.

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eC2:Disaster Risk Reduction Practice Research and Capacity Building Support to SADC

Deadline: 16-May-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The SADC Disaster Risk Reduction Strategic Plan lays out the following key activities: To strengthen governance, legal and institutional framework at all levels of DRR in the region. Facilitate the identification, assessment and monitoring of disaster risks and support the enhancement of early warning systems at all levels. Promote the usage and management of information and knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels in the SADC region; Ensure that DRR becomes a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation; and The integration of preparedness and emergency response into national and regional DRR interventions.

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eC2: Climate Technology Business Model Diffusion in Kenya and South Africa

Deadline: 15-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The infoDevs Climate Technology Program (CTP) is seeking expressions of interests (EOIs) scaling+solar+main+bannerfrom individual firms or consortia that specialize in identifying, investigating, and facilitating business model diffusion in emerging markets. The core goal of the assignment is to facilitate identification, market validation and adoption of 2-3 business models in the renewable energy sector through the facilitation of uptake by existing companies in Kenya and South Africa. Throughout the piloting process, CTP aims to generate concrete lessons learned and insights that will be applied by public or private institutions to do further business model diffusion pilots or to scale up validated pilots. This assignment will include activities to be designed and implemented over a 12-18 month period.
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WB report: How Eight Cities Succeeded in Rejuvenating their Urban Land

Article published on on July 13, 2016.

The single most crucial component in rejuvenating decaying urban areas around the world is private sector participation, according to a report released today from the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) during the World Cities Summit taking place in Singapore this week.

Urban regeneration projects are rarely implemented solely by the public sector.  There is a need for massive financial resources that most cities can’t meet,” said Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director for the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.  “Participation from the private sector is a critical factor in determining whether a regeneration program is successful – programs that create urban areas where citizens can live, work, and thrive.”

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eConsultant2: increasing shareholder participation in renewable energy program

Deadline: 14-Jul-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Government of South Africa seeks an analysis of the options for increasing scaling+solar+main+bannerBroad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Shareholder participation in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPPP) including by improving the accessibility and terms of financing for B-BBEE equity and increasing the ability of B-BBEE shareholders to realize the benefit of their investment. This should include an assessment of the enabling conditions for primary market participation and also the constraints affecting the sale of B-BBEE shareholdings in REIPP projects. The same analysis could also be applied to other (non-renewable) projects procured under the Independent Power Producers Programme of the Department of Energy to the extent the B-BBEE position is similar.

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Online PPP event: South African Development Community Countries


There has been an increase in private investment in infrastructure in the South African Development Community (SADC) member states in recent years. Public-Private Partnerships are being increasingly seen as a solution for challenges related to efficiency, capacity and fiscal constraints.

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM EST – 11:00:00 AM EST

This webinar discusses the main issues and challenges related to the frameworks for PPP in key SADC countries active in the PPP space.

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eConsultant2: Strategy and Transaction support Cornubia PPP South Africa

Deadline: September 22, 2015

The World Bank is providing technical support public-Private-Partnershipto eThekwini regarding how to advance the cit’s urban regeneration goals. This solicitation for site-specific financial and real estate development advisory services is one component of that effort. The municipality requires support to: Identify business models and transaction structures that are market-viable, cost-efficient, and that facilitates the Citys policy goals; and support the municipality in commencing implementation of the selected business model — including support for negotiating a formal agreement (about provision of bulk infrastructure) among the municipality, the existing land owner/developer, and other major stakeholders. Continue reading