eC2: Merchant Acquisition and Management Firm

Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) financial-inclusion-gender

A key objective of the project in Tanzania is to promote financial inclusion, by increasing access to mobile money and by digitizing payments to merchants. Although mobile money access has improved in Tanzania, levels of usage of digital financial services, including payments, in general remains low. To address this challenge and offer a mass market payment solution, IFC and its partner, a mobile network operator, are building on a merchant proposition to increase the number of merchants offering the product and increase customer usage of the product. This project will build capacity and improve performance of the MNO in creating a sustainable and vibrant mobile money ecosystem in Tanzania.

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eC2: Abidjan BRT. GIF Project Definition Activity. PPP assessment.

Deadline: 03-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

To tackle urban mobility challenge in the Greater Abidjan Agglomeration, the Ivorian authorities have chosen to promote mass transit systems and envisage a 20-km long Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure on an east-west corridor. The capital investment in the required infrastructure might be partially-financed publicly however the system could be operated and maintained by private sector operators under a PPP modality.
The objective of the assignment is to assess the various PPP options for designing, financing, building, operating and maintaining the BRT system, and possibly mobilizing private sector financing in infrastructure, rolling-stock and supporting systems of the BRT/feeders, to recommend a preferred business model (using a robust options appraisal model), and to outline the main legal, regulatory, financial, technical and cost and risk sharing aspects of that preferred model, seek market input on the model and prepare an outline structure.

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What does Urban Resilience mean in the Eastern Caribbean context?

When you think of a city, what comes to your mind? Skyscrapers? Subways? Crowds of castries_saintluica.jpgpeople jostling each other as they head to work? And what comes to mind when you think of an Eastern Caribbean island? Sun, sand, beaches paradise? Yet, Eastern Caribbean countries also have cities of thousands of people. In 2017, 35% of the Eastern Caribbean* population was urban: 221,000 out of 628,000 people lived in cities.
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eC2:GAFSP PrSW Kenya Impact Evaluation – Baseline

Deadline: 04-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

Description: IFC is looking for an experienced evaluation firm to help conduct the baseline study of an impact evaluation of a project both IFC and the Private Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) are investing in. The operations are in Kenya and is in the agribusiness sector.
The objective of the evaluation is to assess impact on beneficiary income, yields, and food security. The intended methodology is quasi experimental design.
IFC invites firms with strong background in impact evaluations to submit expression of interest. Experience with evaluations in the agribusiness sector in Africa required.

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Ending hunger to end poverty, ending poverty to end hunger

Last week we had World Food Day on October 16 and World Poverty Day on October 17.capture1_39  The good news from World Poverty Day is that there is global progress on reducing extreme poverty.  Based on the latest available data, it is estimated that in 2015 there were 736 million people living on less than US$1.90/day, which compares very favorably to the 1,895 million people living in extreme poverty in 1990.  And while the world’s population grew from 5.3 billion in 1990 to 7.4 billion in 2015, the poverty rate fell from 36 percent to 10 percent or 1 percentage point per year on average over this period. 

At the same time, progress in reducing extreme poverty has been uneven. There have been sharp reductions in absolute numbers in East Asia and the Pacific and in South Asia, but the number of people living in extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa has increased significantly.

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eC2: Consultancy Services for Capacity Building for GIS-based Revenue Collection System and Geospatial Data Infrastructure in Zanzibar

Deadline: 26-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Connectworld-810x321

Objective: The objective of this consultancy is to support Zanzibar Government in strengthening the planning and design of ICT-based urban governance activities and systems, namely, GIS-based revenue collection system and ZAN-SDI, and enhance the capacity of the Zanzibar stakeholders and the Property Tax Implementation Unit to operate and manage these developed systems. This will assist to improve e-Governance system in related areas such as land and property management and valuation, revenue collection, land use planning, and urban resilience/disaster risk management. The activities will include assessment of the current systems and gaps of the ICT and geo-spatial capacity, provision of technical assistance and complementary initiatives, and recommendations to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the ICT-based governance tools supported by ZUSP or other donor-funded projects. It will also include capacity building and knowledge dissemination activities.

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eC2: Technical assistance to Sierra Leone on infectious disease outbreak investigation and rapid response

Deadline: 30-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Objective:  The assignment is to provide TA to improve the capacity in Sierra Leone for rapid response to infectious disease outbreaks at district and national levels by developing, equip and training district and national rapid response teams, specifically to:

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To unlock student potential in East Asia Pacific, be demanding and supportive of teachers

pexels-photo-325924.jpegAmong the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on internationally comparable tests such as PISA and TIMSS are from the region, with Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong (China) consistently among the best.

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For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope

Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban Land-Conference-2017.jpgexpansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and social inclusion, are intimately tied to land and the way it is used. Addressing these challenges while also ensuring individuals and communities are able to make full use of their land depends on consistent, reliable, and accessible identification of land rights.

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Newsletter March 2018: Creating a Better World

untitledWe are excited to bring you the first 2018 edition of the NL4WorldBank newsletter, Creating a Better World which was published the on the 14th of March.

In this edition we feature a ” meet and greet “ with Sophie Peeters who works for the Blockchain Lab at World Bank Group. The Lab will be prominent in future articles and newsletters because we will be highlighting innovation which entails Blockchain, AI and Cyber Security.

Next week the Land & Poverty event will be kicking off which has prominent Dutch representation, please let us know if you will be attending. Another interesting event taking place at a later date is the Water and Sanitation Mission in June. This mission gives Dutch companies the opportunity to get to know everything the World Bank and other IFI’s are working on in water.

And for your convenience we have updated and listed all the NL relevant events for the year, enjoy!

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