As public and private financial institutions innovate and expand the range of financial products that households and firms use, questions about how these services are affecting consumers, providers, and the economy as a whole have become central. A new policy brief by Abraham, Schmukler, and Tessada explores how evaluating the “additionality” of financial services can help answer such questions.
. The sector is an engine of job creation: , while the share of jobs across the food system is potentially much larger. In Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, the food system is projected to add more jobs than the rest of the economy between 2010 and 2025. At the same time, Africa’s agriculture sector is facing mounting challenges.
Deadline: 11-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The World Bank is seeking a consultant/firm to conduct pre-feasibility studies for an initial pipeline of cities that may be interested in developing PPPs. The goal of this work will be to identify approximately 10 cities that are ready to move the phase of a full feasibility study and structuring of a PPP with WBG and CEF support. The consultant will be asked to avail of the research and tools already conducted by the World Bank in this sector, including inter alia the pre-feasibility studies from Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, the Lighting Brazilian Cities report, and the CityLED Tool. The consultant will also be asked to make use of public information about the cities to be studied.
Deadline: 07-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: IFC is looking for a consulting firm to support the implementation of the CEDIAM Environmental and Social Action Plan.
Deadline: 14-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of this assignment (the Services) is to assist Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to develop an effective vegetation study and management plan. This is to ensure that the utility is able to better manage vegetation growth near and under its utilitys lines, and prevent any physically damaging incident with minimal losses, in particular during storms. The plan has to be implemented in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner and be in full compliance with Belizes and the World Banks environmental and social policies and regulations. The specific objectives are: (i) to assess the limitations and capacities of BEL personnel and physical inventory, whether positive or negative, and propose mitigation measures which will effectively address the response time; (ii) identify different alternatives and their potential impacts and relevant mitigation measures; and (iii) to establish clear directives and methodologies for the effective implementation of the plan. The indicative implementation period for the Services is September 2017 August 2019.
Deadline: 26-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
A wave of innovation is sweeping financial services, transforming channels products and processes and enabling broader outreach. This has resulted in improved product fit for underserved segments, and more efficient service delivery. Together these improvements can enable a more sustainable provision of high volume low value services to previously underbanked segments, as well as improved delivery across all segments. Some of this innovation is coming from new regulated and unregulated stand-alone financial services providers. The full potential for financial inclusion, however, will be more quickly attained by fostering innovation in the incumbent banks and financial service providers alongside fostering innovative entrants. IFCs goals of financial inclusion and servicing the real economy are therefore served by both investing in FinTech innovators and by helping incumbents build their capacity to innovate internally and adopt external innovations.
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