eC2: Improving freight transit and logistics performance of the Trans-Caucasus Transit Corridor (CTC)

Deadline:  05-Jun-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

The objectives of the assignment are to: (i) assess the performance of the CTC and identify physical and non-physical impediments along the corridor; (ii) identify priority policy actions and investments to improve the corridor competitiveness, multimodal transportation and logistics; and (iii) carry out stakeholder consultations to build consensus of public and private stakeholders in Azerbaijan and Georgia on priority measures and disseminate the findings to a wider audience through workshops and media coverage.
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Investing in Institutional, Human and Social Capital to Build Morocco’s Future

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Moroccan flag over Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech, Morocco
  • The Morocco Economic Memorandum 2017 builds on the Kingdom’s assets to propose an ambitious albeit realistic pathway to achieving upper middle-income status in the next 25 years.
  • Promoting a more open and inclusive society is one of the key pathways Morocco must take to achieve stronger economic growth, enhance job creation, and gradually close the development gap with more advanced countries.
  • The Memorandum also seeks to address the issue raised by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, in his 2014 Throne Speech on how intangible capital could become the “fundamental criterion in the development of public policies so that all Moroccans may benefit from their country’s wealth”.

Time is Money: Transforming Dar es Salaam’s Road Transport to Reduce Dense Traffic

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  • World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Tanzanian President John Magufuli unveiled the foundation stone for the Ubongo Interchange, which will ease transportation bottlenecks and help businesses.
  • The interchange is supported by a $225 million concessional credit from the International Development Association (IDA), in addition to an IDA Scale-up Facility Credit of $200 million.
  • Under the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit system, roundtrip travel time on the corridor was reduced by 90 minutes a day, saving commuters 16 days of sitting in traffic.

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eC2:PPP FRAMEWORK FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN THE ROAD SECTOR

Deadline: 08-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

This activity is to support the Government of Senegal to conduct the preliminary assessment of the potential for PPP (i) in the urban transport in the Greater Dakar Area and (ii) in the road sector throughout the country through the rapid assessment of the characteristics of the urban transport sector and the national road networks, existing legal, institutional and administrative framework, current urban transport and road management systems, travel demands, traffic volumes, vehicle fleets, expected traffic growth, etc. It is expected that the result of the assessment will serve to inform government decisions with regard to the development of PPP projects, and as such, will be followed by a more detailed assessment of the financial viability of the candidate projects for implementation. This means the scope of work shall also include recommendations on sequencing and the required actions to strengthen the enabling environment, in order to prepare the field for the next steps.

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eC2: PPP FRAMEWORK FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN THE ROAD SECTOR

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

This activity is to support the Government of Senegal to conduct the preliminary assessment of the potential for PPP (i) in the urban transport in the Greater Dakar Area and (ii) in the road sector throughout the country through the rapid assessment of the characteristics of the urban transport sector and the national road networks, existing legal, institutional and administrative framework, current urban transport and road management systems, travel demands, traffic volumes, vehicle fleets, expected traffic growth, etc.

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eC2:Technology Partner Required for Conversational Two-way Text Message Intervention to Improve Financial Behaviour in Zambia

Deadline: 09-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 

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DIME is a global program in the Banks Research Group that carries out Impact Evaluations (IEs) to test innovations and find solutions to make policy work. As a bridge between research and development operations, DIME provides a substantial knowledge contribution by generating high-quality evidence across a set of strategic development areas. The IE Text Messaging for Behavior Change in Zambia is part of the DIME program and aims to use a novel text-messaging-based intervention to: 1) identify behavioral barriers that lead to low engagement with formal financial services amongst those using the services; and 2) test strategies to help people overcome those barriers to increase engagement and financial security. To implement this IE, DIME is seeking proposals for a technology partner to operate a two-way conversational text-message system to improve savings account usage and improve loan repayment rates for financial sector clients in Zambia

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eC2:Preparation of a National Transport & Logistics Policy and Strategy

Deadline: 14-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)general-transport-mosaic-main

The overall objective of this assignment is to review and update the current Draft National Transport Policy and Strategy 2014, and include logistics and green transport policy and strategy elements, in order to produce a revised National Transport & Logistics Policy and Strategy. The revised policy and strategy is envisioned to be more holistic, and one that would set the directions as to how transport can contribute to the countrys economic development and competitiveness. This should be developed in support of the achievement of Governments Vision 2040 middle income status goal in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

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Green Signal for Faster Development: India’s New Freight Corridor

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  • India’s Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) program is building dedicated freight-only railway lines along highly congested transport corridors.
  • The World Bank is supporting India’s Eastern DFC from Ludhiana to Kolkata in three phases.
  • Freight-only corridors will make it cheaper, faster, and more reliable to move goods between the industrial heartland in the north and ports on the eastern and western coasts.

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Imagining infrastructure services in 2017

<!– <!– /sites/all/themes/blogs/templates/header/js/jquery-1.4.4.min.js –>One of my favorite songs when I was growing up was John Lennon’s “Imagine.” A few months ago, UNICEF created a project around it to highlight the plight of millions of refugee children. Now, as the year draws to a close, I couldn’t help but imagine a world with high-quality, affordable, sustainable, well-maintained, infrastructure services for everyone.

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Revisiting Economic Geography

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Place is one of the most important determinants of welfare. Simply by moving from the countryside to the city, or from a poor to a rich country, a person can greatly increase returns to labor or access to services. Yet, the study of the role of place in development was long neglected in mainstream economics. This changed significantly over the last 15 years or so and in 2009 spatial issues in development became the topic of the World Development Report Reshaping Economic Geography.

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