Fossil fuel subsidy reforms: we know why, the question is how

Traffic in BeijingA new book, “Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms: A Guide to Economic and Political Complexity (Routledge), explores the complex economics and politics of fossil fuel subsidies, and distils key principles for designing and implementing of effective reforms. Here are some key insights.

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eC2: Natural Hazard Assessment for the Reconstruction of Critical Transport Infrastructure

Deadline: 21-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

The World Bank provides technical assistance to the Government of Myanmar to support technical solutions for Chin State by hiring an international consulting firm to prepare a hazard and vulnerability assessment for road rehabilitation to inform planned investments under the Myanmar Floods and Landslides Emergency Recovery Project in Chin State in Myanmar. The overall objective of the assignment is to contribute to the increase of capacities of the relevant ministries and agencies of the Government of Myanmar in the adoption of appropriate natural hazard assessment approaches in designing transport and infrastructure. The activity will (i) help provide technical solutions on geohazards specifically for Kalay Hakha road; (ii) draw out lessons along the above process, including data gaps and recommend solutions for improvement; (iii) and provide capacity building for the Ministry of Construction on this practice. The assignment is expected to be completed within the period of an estimated six months upon mobilization.

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eC2: Support to the Government of Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo for the Evaluation of Urban Transport and Mobility Management and the Development of a Strategy for Sustainable Urban Mobility

general-transport-mosaic-mainDeadline:  11-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of the study is to develop comprehensive, coherent and applicable policy recommendations, a relevant strategy, shared by all stakeholders and a priority action plan for the sustainable management of urban transport and mobility in the countries, through a swift assessment of the legislative and regulatory framework of the institutions in charge of the transport sector, a diagnosis of the functioning of the urban transport sub-sector. The study also aims to propose a guide for urban transport improvement and establish a strategic plan for sustainable mobility for the main secondary cities, based on the findings of a comprehensive assessment of one pilot city to be chosen in agreement with the respective Governments.

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Preventable traffic injuries and deaths hold back the development of countries

final_impactofdevelopment_20180105_coverWhile reading a newspaper over the holidays, one of us came across an article with an often common story: “car collision causes mass fatalities on mountain road”. The collision resulted in 51 deaths, after a bus–one of the vehicles involved, plunged down a cliff in Peru.  Many of the dead were returning to Lima after celebrating the New Year’s holiday with family outside the city.

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eC2: Understanding and Benchmarking Trucking Sector Performance

Deadline: 19-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

Objective:  The purpose of this assignment is to address the challenge of meaningfully comparing trucking sector performance at the national level: operational (and, by extension, economic/financial) and environmental performance across countries, including low-income, middle-income, high-income, and fragile states, and in so doing define (a) what constitutes “strong” relative to “poor” trucking sector performance in properly segmented trucking markets; (b) what factors influence performance, and through what mechanisms; (c) what kinds of prioritized interventions can shape performance; and (d) how trucking sector performance, and the nature of trucking sector operations, are likely to evolve in the face of potentially disruptive global trends, such as an impending shortage of truck drivers, an eventual transition to electric and/or autonomous commercial vehicles, big data-enabled integration of logistics service provision, more stringent environmental regulations, and more innovative ways for the public and private sectors to partner in the planning, funding, delivery, and regulation of logistics service provision in truck-based supply chains.

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eC2: PREPARE A STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE LAKE TANGANYIKA TRANSPORT AND SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM

Deadline:  15-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) untitled

Objective:  The assignment is intended to be undertaken by a very experienced and high-quality firm (or a consortia), familiar with undertaking assessments of this type, both in the region and internationally. The Consultant will be expected to provide approximately 10-person months of key staff inputs. The estimate of the key person requirements is only indicative and could be construed as skill mix requirements for these services. The contract for this assignment will be a lump sum contract, administered by the World Bank.

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eC2: An Evaluation of the Human Resource Needs, Training Needs, and Skill Development Needs of the Maritime Transport and Port Sector

Deadline: 08-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) port-614543_640

Objective: The primary objective of the assignment has is to undertake an evaluation of the short/medium and long-term human resources, delineated by gender where possible, needs of the maritime transport sector in Tanzania, and prepare a time bound and costed business plan for each institution to meet those needs.

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eC2: Preparation of PPP Implementation Guidelines for the Transport, Energy and Industrial Park Sectors

Deadline: 19-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: Support will be provided to the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation and line ministries to prepare sector-specific implementation guidelines for PPP projects in three sectors/ areas: i) energy, ii) transport, and iii) industrial park development and management.

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eC2: Structuring Business Model for Private Operation and Maintenance of First Line of the Quito Metro Project

Deadline: 07-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Quito-metro-Line-1

Objective: The World Bank intends to hire consulting services to: define the business model for private sector participation in the operation and maintenance of the PLMQ project that meets the policy objectives of the EPMMQ; outline the preliminary legal, funding, financing and institutional terms (preliminary structuring); produce the required analysis for consideration and approval of said business model by the relevant local authorities; and define the roadmap and scope of structuring.

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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.) 

Mobile in Africa

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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