eC2: Handbook on Digital Financial Services & Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 11-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The objective of the assignment is to develop a handbook on digital financial services and agriculture initiatives, focusing on Sub- Saharan Africa. The handbook should serve as a practical tool for implementing DFS and agri projects on the continent. The handbook will assess failures and successes within partnership structures, and aggregate best practices from a variety of implementations at the intersection of DFS and smallholder farming. While there is a myriad of DFS and agri implementations and publications, IFCs handbook should aim to interpret and consolidate available information and translate it into actionable steps DFS providers can take to deploy successful financial or non-financial services for smallholders.

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The biggest bang for our limited water and sanitation buck: can investing in small towns lead the way?

While the share of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012, the region’s rapid population growth outpaced the decrease in the_biggest_bang_for_our_limited_water_and_sanitation_buck_investing_in_small_towns_-_graphpoverty, resulting in higher number of poor people than before. More specifically, Africa’s urban population is expected to triple in size in the next half century, which is putting pressure on scarce resources in cities, exacerbated by capacity, budget and governance bottlenecks. The densely-populated areas with low levels of water and sanitation services pose a serious threat to public health – cholera epidemics have broken out in urban areas in several African countries in recent years.

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eC2: Lighting Africa – PAYG Market Attractiveness Index

Deadline: 12-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) solar-energy

IFC has supported development of the off-grid sector through a series of programs including Lighting Africa. To help broaden the reach of the PAYG business model, IFC is seeking the services of a firm to develop a Market Attractiveness Index that will provide PAYG companies with a diverse set of variables and market related information to inform their market expansion strategies for numerous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Index will provide the necessary strategic framework for decision-making about market entry into new countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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eC2: CGAP Digital pension plan for Ghanaian cocoa farmers

Deadline: 12-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) rwandan farmers

There are few financial solutions that address the need for long-term savings for low income people in Sub-Saharan Africa and that could provide a stable pension when they reach retirement age. In Ghana for instance, saving is largely done in savings groups such as the susu collection system, which offers little interest (and therefore does not protect from inflation) and requires payment of a typically expensive fee to the collector. Even more daunting are voluntary pension saving products, which require convincing and encouraging participants to save over a long period for a payout that is far in the future. CGAP wants to test pension plans tailored to cocoa farmers in Ghana that leverage the advantages of digital technologies to provide customers greater flexibility and incentives to create pension savings for themselves. CGAP is seeking technical services to structure and test a solution and identify relevant lessons to be shared widely in an open access format.

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eC2:CGAP Digital Finance Frontiers Pilots Mobile education

Deadline: 03-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The selected Firm will carry out a pilot, in partnership with a financial service provider, to test the predictability of a credit score based on performance and engagement with mobile learning content. The selected Firm shall be ready to test a product or service in Sub-Saharan Africa within six months. The project should be fully digital, or have a significant digital component and lessons learned will be shared.

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World Bank Group Launches New Program to Support Africa’s Top Digital Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 — The World Bank Group launched XL Africa, a five-month business acceleration program designed to support the 20 most promising digital start-ups from Sub-Saharan Africa. Start-ups will receive mentoring from global and local experts, learn through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their regional visibility, and get access to potential corporate partners and investors. With support from prominent African investment groups, XL Africa will help the 20 selected start-ups attract early stage capital between $250,000 and $1.5 million.

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World Bank Group Announces Record $57 Billion for Sub-Saharan Africa

Funds will scale up investments and de-risk private sector participation for accelerated growth and development

BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 19, 2017— Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a record $57 billion in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years. Kim then left on a trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to emphasize the Bank Group’s support for the entire region.

The bulk of the financing – $45 billion – will come from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries. The financing for Sub-Saharan Africa also will include an estimated $8 billion in private sector investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the Bank Group, and $4 billion in financing from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, its non-concessional public sector arm.

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Unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs in Africa

Walk around a major city in Sub-Saharan Africa and you will quickly realize that women nasikiliza-unleashing-the-potential-of-women-entrepreneurs-in-africa-feature-780x439are a highly visible part of the economy, selling all manner of products and services. In some ways, women are powering the economies of the continent to a greater degree than anywhere else in the world; Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region where women make up the majority of self-employed individuals.  

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eC2:Assessment of opportunities for the energy use of agricultural biomass in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline:  02-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The team is seeking to partner with a consulting firm to assess the potential of using agricultural biomass to generate power and heat in agricultural production clusters in up to three selected countries in SSA. The Assessment will seek to: i) identify key industry players and clusters within priority countries, their energy consumption, produce output and the size of the energy demand gap; ii) the types, quantities, uses and calorific value of available (and forecasted) biomass, and; iii) the technologies that can be used to convert biomass into energy and the feasibility thereof, as well as the costs associated with these technologies.

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Making Power Affordable for Africa and Viable for Its Utilities

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  • It is possible for Sub-Saharan Africa’s poor to get access to affordable electricity and for the utilities that supply power to be profitable at the same time.
  • For Africa’s power sector to work for utilities, steps have to be taken to minimize losses related to transmission and distribution of electricity, ensure customers pay their electricity bills, and raise tariffs appropriately.
  • Accurate metering of individual households and sharply targeted cross-subsidies are essential to expand household access to electricity.

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