The global COVID-19 lockdown to contain the spread of the virus has severely restricted economic activity, and reports are emerging from across the globe of blue skies becoming visible, in some cases for the first time in people’s lifetime. These improvements will likely dissipate as lockdowns are lifted, and economic activity resumes. Will the air once again become polluted, or is there a possibility for countries to use economic recovery programs to grow back stronger and cleaner? Discover in our latest analysis!
We are living through unprecedented times. The impact of the novel coronavirus and its disease, COVID-19, has reverberated through every corner of the globe—taking lives, destroying livelihoods, and changing everything about how we interact with each other and the world.
At a time of crisis, governments more than ever must rely on timely, reliable data to make decisions to mitigate harm and support their citizens. What’s more,
Deadline: 22-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The overall objective of this assignment is to contribute to disaster risk management related research and policy advice in support of ECCAS as well as capacity enhancement interventions to benefit ECCAS Member States and key stakeholders like media, academia, civil society organizations, NGOs and the private sector to better contribute in the implementation of DRR activities in Central Africa.
More specifically, the assignment has three main objectives:
(i) Provide policy research related to disaster risk management, with particular emphasis on flood risk management, in the ECCAS region;
(ii) Facilitate South-South knowledge exchange and best practices sharing on DRM.
(iii) Facilitate DRR training and capacity enhancement for the ECCAS Secretariat and experts from Member States related to disaster risk management.
Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
Deadline: 03-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
When you think of a city, what comes to your mind? Skyscrapers? Subways? Crowds of people 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.
Deadline: 04-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
Last week we had World Food Day on October 16 and World Poverty Day on October 17. 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.
Deadline: 26-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
Deadline: 30-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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: