eC2: Baseline Survey of Impact Evaluation of Interventions to Support Women-Owned Firms in three cities in Mozambique

Deadline:   31-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Senegal-Woman-at-Well-800

PURPOSE
These Terms of Reference (ToR) are for a Consultant (Firm) to implement a baseline quantitative data collection for a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) in Mozambique.
The primary goal of this consultancy is to collect data on the entrepreneurial behavior, business success, and the personal and household attitudes and behavior of 1,700 women business owners that form part of this study, and on 850 spouses/partners/significant others of 850 of the 1,700 women business owners, for a total of 2,550 surveys.
This data collection will be conducted in the context of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Bottom-up vs. top-down interventions to foster female entrepreneurship in Mozambique. The evaluation will be led by the World Banks Africa Gender Innovation Lab; the World Bank Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice; the University of Warwick and Leuphana University of Lueneburg (henceforth the World Bank research team). The analysis of the data collected will be conducted by the World Bank research team, not the Consultant.

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eC2: Guidelines to maximize socio-economic benefits triggered by renewable energy deployment

Deadline:    31-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Renewable-energy

This assignment will support Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank to detail the initial version of the Guidelines for the Sustainable Renewables Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI): A Sure Path to Sustainable Solar with the operational guidance for governments on how to maximize socio-economic benefits of renewable energy (RE) while deploying sustainable RE programs. These guidelines will aim at (i) providing an overview of the RE value chain in terms of components/jobs and skills required as well as (ii) articulating the key steps (and identifying the associated entry points) to maximize the socio economic benefits of the RE programs, leveraging the associated bidding processes.
The following technologies are to be considered under this assignment:
Part 1: solar (PV with battery storage and CSP with thermal storage) and onshore wind to be studied in detail during the assignment.
Part 2: geothermal to be incorporated from materials provided by the World Bank.

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One Year Into The COVID-19 Pandemic, Six Stories That Inspire Hope

March 11 marks one year since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. While the past year has been tremendously challenging, there have been remarkable stories of human resilience, ingenuity, and creativity. On this grim anniversary, we wanted to bring you stories from around the world that inspire. The following six stories are not billion-dollar projects, but the tales of everyday entrepreneurship and innovation happening on a small scale with a big impact. The World Bank Group is continuing to support the poorest countries as they look to a build a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive recovery.

1. Lao PDR: Unlocking the Full Potential of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise

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Vorachith Keoxayavong

eC2: ECA AGRICULTURE DIGITAL SYSTEM

Deadline:    29-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The International Finance Corporation hereinafter referred to as WBG invites interested parties to respond to a Request for Expression of Interest (REI) for digital platform (comprising a backend decision-making mechanism and a pluggable frontend implementation) that would boost decision making in agriculture finance. This REI is issued for the purpose of obtaining information concerning market conditions and vendor (or consortium of vendors) capability in order to allow the World Bank / IFC to better understand what is currently available on the commercial market place in order to enhance advisory client solutions.

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eC2: Vietnam Horticulture Value Chain Competitiveness

Deadline:    25-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Horn-Oeun

The purpose of the Upstream Seed study is to evaluate the value chain with a commercial focus and identify a pipeline of 3-5 projects with company sponsors. The study intends to assess Vietnam horticulture sectors supply-side and demand-side factors from an investment angle. As the existing market players in the horticulture sector are relatively small and immature, IFC can play an important role in building capacity and enabling these companies to accelerate growth, scale their businesses and become more investment-ready.

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eC2: Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Renewable Energy Market sounding and barriers diagnostics

Deadline:    22-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Renewable-energy

The objective of this assignment is to provide consulting services to conduct diagnostics assessment for market barrier for renewable energy (RE) development and private sector investments in RE. The work will entail assessing RE investment readiness in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) countries and develop a market report.

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eC2: Green hydrogen investment opportunities in developing countries

Deadline:   18-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Hydrogenfuelcell

This assignment will support ESMAP and IFC to develop a market report identifying investment opportunities in green hydrogen in developing countries. It will produce an analytical framework to assess green hydrogen investments in different economic sectors that could use green hydrogen or derived fuels as feedstock or energy supply. The Consultant will apply the framework to systematically assess green hydrogen investment opportunities across the full value chain in the industry, agriculture, electric power, heating, and transport sectors. This framework will be based on a straightforward scorecard system, and will be used to identify viable applications, business models, and local players that could benefit from private and public sector support. For each relevant sector, the report will also identify and develop case studies from developing countries.

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eC2: Climate-Smart Urban Development and Urban Resilience in Ethiopia

Deadline:   15-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The objective of the proposed activity is to support climate smart urban development in AA by (i) integrating Climate Smart Capital Investment Plans (CsCIP) into urban development planning, and (ii) preparing an integrated action plan, including policy actions, prioritized investments and institutional building towards green, climate-resilient urban development. In alignment with other ongoing WB engagements and based on international experiences in adapting to Covid-19, a locally attuned CS-CIP and action plan will be developed in coordination with AA City Administration.

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Economic inclusion programs: A springboard out of extreme poverty

 

As the world grapples with the pandemic, the new State of Economic Inclusion peileaderreport points to paths out of poverty for the poorest and most vulnerable.

For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is rising around the world, as COVID-19 threatens to erode years of hard-won progress.   The World Bank estimates that the economic fallout from the pandemic may add as many as 150 million extreme poor by 2021. Women, children, displaced populations, and people with disabilities have been particularly hard hit.

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