Corporate Procurement WB: Request EOI for the WB Blockchain for Traceability Project

Deadline: February 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM EST

The World Bank Group Technology and Innovation Lab (“World Bank IL”) invites interested parties to respond to an Invitation for Prototype Build (IPB) for application of blockchain and DLT protocols to address disbursement traceability of World Bank funded projects.

The World Bank IL provides a learning platform, exploration space, and technology advice around disruptive technologies. The World Bank IL collaborates with its internal technology and business units, and external stakeholders to explore, test and understand new technology capabilities that will enable the World Bank to fully harness the Digital Age to achieve its mission.

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eC2: Gender capacity building for National Trade Facilitation Committees in West Africa

Deadline: 24-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The consulting firm will be recruited to conduct the needs assessment of National Tradewomen-finance-blogpost Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) in 15 West African countries, design training materials, and roll out the training. The assignment is in two phases. The winner of the phase 1 contract will be awarded the phase 2 upon successful completion of the phase 1.

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eC2: Preparation of a National Electrification Analysis in Mauritania

Deadline: 20-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Government of Mauritania (GoM) has laid out a new vision for the country’s Africadevelopment, under its Accelerated Growth and Prosperity Sharing Strategy (SCAPP, the acronym in French). SCAPP’s Vision for the Future, “The Mauritania We Want in 2030,” aims for strong, inclusive and sustainable growth to meet the basic needs of citizens and ensure their well-being. In the energy sector, the Government aims to ensure universal access to quality services at the lowest cost and to provide economic actors with reliable and secure electricity, through: (a) Development of new production capacities from local resources, mainly natural gas; (b) Expansion of the transport network and interconnection with neighboring countries; (c) Increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix and (d) Implementing decentralized solutions in remote rural areas. The strategy seeks to increase access rate to 95% in urban areas and 40% in rural areas, in order to reach an overall electrification rate of 70% at the national level by 2030.

The proposed National Electrification Analysis would provide analysis and insight on various electricity access options for Mauritania, specifically through: (a) data collection and analysis; (b) assessment of service quality levels; (c) identification of potential least-cost technology options for electrification; and (d) identification of potential options and arrangements for scaling up electrification in Mauritania in line with national access targets.

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eC2: Service Contract to support preparation of the Zambia Clean Cooking and Heating component

Deadline: 17-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank is looking to hire a company for a service contract and testing of cookstovescookstove use in Zambia. The findings will feed into the development of the project component. The service contract will include a Stove User Testing and a Market Analysis to ensure that the cookstove change promoted as part of the World Bank project offers a true value proposition to potential consumers and assess how it best fits within the Zambian market. To assess cookstove efficiency, particulate matter (PM) emissions, carbon monoxide (CO) emissions, durability, and safety, cookstoves are tested and certified in labs using a set of standardized ISO protocols. However, such lab tests have no bearing on the actual efficiency of the stove when used in the household achieved by users cooking with them. In addition, it yields no results on potential fuel and cash savings or stove acceptance.
The objective of the Stove User Testing is to produce a comparative analysis of cookstoves currently in use.

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eC2: Digitization of Supply Chains and Distribution Systems Agricultural Technologies and Supply Chain Innovations (AgTech project)

Deadline: 10-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

IFC is seeking a Consultant to provide and customize already digital supply chain solution to suit the specific production and context of at least one exporting honey enterprise operating in Ethiopia. We are looking for existing solutions that are at least in part off-the-shelf to encourage replication of the technology in other agri-business projects in Ethiopia. In addition to the customization of the digital tool, the Consultant is expected to train the enterprises local staff to use and deploy the digital tool, train enterprise staff on data analysis and business management using traceability information and transfer the day-to-day operational management of the tool to the Client participating in the AgTech project. The Consultant will work closely with the Client to design the digital tool.

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Developing countries want more action on climate: The World Bank is stepping up

By Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Managingfloods.jpgDirector of Operations

I have read the many reports that summarize the dire state of the climate and our planet’s worsening prospects. I know the hard statistics docum

enting rising temperatures, the increasing intensity of natural disasters and warmer seas. I have been meeting with representatives from developing countries who have one request: we need less talk and more action on climate.  

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Year in Review: 2019 in 14 Charts

As this decade comes to an end, the world has seen progress on many fronts. The poorest countries have greater access to water, electricity, and sanitation (i.e., a toilet). Poverty and child mortality have fallen. Technology has spread far and wide so that there are now more mobile phones than people. But we’ve also broken some of the wrong kinds of records. In 2019, more people were forcibly displaced than any other time in history. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit an all-time high and biodiversity is declining at an accelerating rate. These charts highlight some remarkable achievements and the serious challenges that remain as we head into 2020.

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eC2: Assessment of Public Sector Primary and Out-Patient Health Service Delivery Capacity in Dhaka

Deadline: 13-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

In order to inform possible investments to improve urban primary health care services, medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]the World Bank is seeking to hire a firm to undertake a detailed assessment of outpatient delivery capacity of government health facilities in Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chattogram City Corporation areas.

The assessment will be conducted with the overall aim of understanding better the existing public sector primary and out-patient healthcare services in urban areas in terms of available inputs and resource usage. The assessment will be completed in all government health facilities that provide out-patient and primary health care services in Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chattogram City Corporation areas.

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eC2: Turkey: Market assessment for direct uses of geothermal energy

Deadline: 28-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of this assignment is to assess the technical and economic viability of

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different options for direct uses of geothermal energy in Turkey, including district heating and cooling. This includes both projects where low to medium temperature resources are utilized directly and also projects were residual heat in geothermal brines at geothermal power plants is used.

Tasks are expected to include:
– Country-wide, high-level assessment of direct use potential
– Preparation of pre-feasibility studies for selected applications
– Assessment of interest of municipalities and private developers
– Estimation of investment needs to allow the market to grow to its potential
– Barrier assessment
– Preparation of action plan/roadmap for the promotion of direct uses of geothermal resources

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eC2: Mobilizing the Private Sector for the Electrification of Selected DRCs Provincial Capital Cities

Deadline: 11-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The objective of this assignment is to support the Government of DRC in attracting the private sector for the electrification of provincial capitals. To this end, the consultant will review the legal/regulatory/PPP framework and tools, use the results of a technical prefeasibility study to develop financial models for 2 to 4 provinces, consult local/regional/international private operators/utilities, develop appropriate PPP contract samples, assist the government over the procurement process, and develop a comprehensive capacity strengthening plan for 2 to 4 provincial governments and the regulator.

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