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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IDA is a vital development partner now more than ever

It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last ht-jessica-education780pxquarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that living standards for hundreds of millions of people have improved over that time.

Yet, poverty reduction has not been consistent across countries and today it is slowing. For the world’s poorest countries, extreme poverty remains stubbornly high with 31 percent of their people living on less than $1.90 a day. 

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eC2: Enabling Private Sector Participation in Electricity Distribution

Deadline: 14-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Policy makers acknowledge the role of private sector in distribution but would want to understand business models that may be suitable considering the local context of states in India. Till date only two cases of private sector participation in the Indian electricity distribution (under Licensee mode) have been tried in the states of Delhi and Odisha with mixed results. Beyond these two examples, other models of private sector participation (PSP) such as distribution franchises are also prevalent in the country and have met with mixed results. Further, Govt. of India in the past had also drafted an amendment bill to Electricity Act for introducing carriage and content separation, which may be another approach to encourage competition in the electricity distribution sector.

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Money sent home by workers now largest source of external financing in low- and middle-income countries (excluding China)

Article by Donna Barne & Florina Pirlea| www.worldbank.org.

The money workers send home to their families from abroad has become a critical part of many economies around the world. Based on the most recent data, remittances, as this money is called, will only grow in importance. Officially recorded remittances amounted to a record $529 billion in 2018, and are on track to reach $550 billion in 2019.

This money is flowing at about the same levels as foreign direct investment (FDI), but if China is excluded, they are the largest source of foreign exchange earnings in low- and middle-income countries, according to Migration and Remittances Brief 31, published by the World Bank Group and KNOMAD, the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development. In other words, if China is excluded from the analysis, remittances have already overtaken FDI as the biggest source of external financing.

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eC2: Training for e-commerce and export advisors in Lebanon, Djibouti, and Tunisia

Deadline: 17-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This assignment specifically focuses on increasing women-led SMEs access to domestic 1_BkBrs2NfHlP53xw7ZfQ0Pwand export markets through e-commerce, and to increase their sales from e-commerce in Lebanon.

There are two main sub-activities envisaged: (1) scoping and market analysis to understand where are the key challenges and constraints to e-commerce for womens SMEs; and (2) develop and deliver a package of support services to women-led SMEs, in partnership with local stakeholders, that will increase sales, markets and profits via e-commerce.

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eC2: Assessment of economic circularity options in the plastics sector in Nigeria

Deadline: 17-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objectives of the market assessment are to understand the plastics sector in Nigeria, anticorruptionas well as scope out opportunities for impactful private sector interventions structured around circular supply chain for plastics. The assessment will specifically focus on the food & beverage and textile/garment value chains and associated packaging activities in Nigeria. It will look into overall market size for applicable types of plastics, current practices for the use of plastics material, as well as recycling, reuse and disposal practices. The study will scope out value chain players and opportunities to increase the circularity linkages, including through offset of the virgin raw materials.

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World Refugee Day 2019: Building a stronger international response to the challenge of forced displacement

This year, World Refugee Day finds me in Addis Ababa with representatives from more ethiopia-for-blogthan 50 governments to review the work of the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank Group that provides financing to the poorest countries, and discuss priorities for the years ahead. Under its current program, IDA is providing $2 billion to 14 low-income countries which together are hosting 6.4 million refugees, including in Ethiopia. 

Ethiopia is among the countries that is taking major steps forward. Here, for example, we have supported the government in adopting a new legal framework for refugees which will allow them to gradually move out of camps, find jobs, and access education and health services. This is no small measure for the more than 900,000 refugees who are hosted along Ethiopia’s borders with Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, and South Sudan. It is the difference between having a chance to restart their lives or be condemned to dependency and destitution.

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eC2: Technical Consultant for a CCGT PPP Project in Uzbekistan

Deadline: 07-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is in discussion with the Government of Uzbekistan to be mandated as a lead

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transaction advisor for structuring and tendering of a PPP transaction involving financing, construction and operation of a 1,300 MW CCGT in Uzbekistan. IFC scope of work will include (i) legal, technical, E&S and financial due diligence, (ii) defining the transaction structure and preparing the tender documents (including calls for qualifications and proposals, and PPP contractual documentation), and (iii) ongoing support to the client throughout the implementation of the tender process, including any negotiations and discussions with investors.

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Lifelines for Better Development

Published on http://www.worldbank.org, June 19, 2019

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Resilient infrastructure is about people. Particularly in developing countries, Lifelines22--1-infrastructure disruptions are an everyday concern that affects people’s well-being, economic prospects, and quality of life.
  • There is a significant economic opportunity from investing in resilient infrastructure: the overall net benefit of doing so in developing countries would be $4.2 trillion over the lifetime of new infrastructure.
  • For infrastructure investors, governments, development banks and the private sector the message is clear: rather than just spending more, also spend better

Infrastructure is at the heart of lives and livelihoods. It can enable schools and hospitals, businesses and industry, and access to jobs and prosperity. In developing countries, however, disruptions to infrastructure are an everyday concern, reducing opportunities for employment, hampering health and education, and limiting economic growth.

In low and middle-income countries, direct damages from natural hazards to power generation and transport alone cost $18 billion a year, cutting into the already scarce budget of road agencies and power utilities. But the main impact of natural shocks on infrastructure is through the disruptions they impose on people and communities, for instance, businesses unable to keep factories running or use the internet to take orders and process payments; or on the households that don’t have the water they need to prepare meals or on people unable to go to work, send children to school, or get to a hospital.

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eC2: Developing the 2.0 version of the Climate Resilience Planning for Roads tool (CRP4R) in Haiti

Deadline: 01-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank is now seeking a consulting firm to build upon CRP4R tool, develop the

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version 2.0 and tailor it to the context in Haiti for the implementation of Project P163490. The new tool should also contemplate how to incorporate into the prioritization exercise feeder road segments chosen through Local Mobility Plans (LMPs) in the area of influence of the Project. This new feature of the model, using two different layers of choice, will necessitate several iterations with the Team.

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