eC2: Stock-Taking of Health and Education Facilities Energy Needs and Design of Solar-Powered Service Solutions in Burundi

Deadline: 26-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Burundi has over 900 health centers and more than 1,400 secondary and vocational maxresdefaultschools, out of which the majority is not electrified. The World Bank seeks to hire the services of a firm to i) take stock of the electrification status and overall energy use of Health and Education Facilities in Burundi and ii) to design standardized solar-powered service packages to meet their current and future needs. The assignment should assess a representative share of those unelectrified facilities. A particular emphasis will be put on ways to ensure maintenance and operation of the systems, as one of the big challenges for long-term project success.

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In Small Island States, Resilient Transport is Providing a Lifeline Against Disasters

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Due to their size and location, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are particularlyA man stands next to a bridge on the East Cape Road. The East Ca vulnerable to climate risk.
  • When disaster strikes, damage to transport systems typically makes up a large share of overall losses, and is often one of the main obstacles to recovery.
  • The World Bank is answering the call with unprecedented support to the transport sector in small island states. A total of eight transport projects have been approved in SIDS over the last year, all of which include a resilience component.

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eC2: Support Services Piloting of Forest Tenure Assessment Tool in Zambia, Myanmar, and DRC

Deadline: 20-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The services to be provided under this contract include technical support the World across-africa-disaster-risk-finance-is-putting-a-resilient-future-within-reach-780x439Bank to implement the second phase of the program on Securing Forest Tenure Rights for Rural Development (SFT). The overall objective of this phase is to test and refine a forest tenure assessment toll and its methodologies to make it practical, adaptable to different contexts, and demonstrate it can achieve traction in policy discussions. Phase 2 will be implemented as a step-wise collaborative process, in close coordination with country task teams and local consultants, supported by a SFT central task team.

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eC2: Circular Economy and Private Sector Development

Deadline: 26-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This firm consultancy will explore how circular economy (CE) approaches, specificallyindex among poor people and communities can achieve outcomes that promote poverty reduction, enhanced welfare and create new and expanded employment opportunities. The final output would cover, the potential role of CE in development; case studies and assessment of market potential; different policy approaches for scaling CE, and; recommendations to governments. The consultancy will be based on desk review, economic modeling and detailed case studies that will be selected collaboratively. This EOI was tender for a smaller amount and is now being retendered with an updated amount and TOR.

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Is taxing sugar-sweetened beverages a sweet deal?

Blog by Ceren Ozer. Published on http://www.worldbank.org on
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB)[i] are a well-recognized adversary in the fight against sugary_drink_1140x500.pngobesity and the quest for better public health. Interest in discouraging consumption through higher taxes is growing as more jurisdictions impose them and as we learn more from their experiences. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes are one of three taxes for health highlighted in a recently published report by the Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health.
Many are asking: are taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are really a sweet deal? Does such a tax enable policy makers to improve health outcomes by reducing unhealthy consumption? And does it help generate additional tax revenue for more spending on human capital?

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eC2: Brand Design and Marketing Strategy for Export Promotion – Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)initiative seeks to improve the untitledquantity and quality of livestock commodities produced in the county by the key value chain actors. More specifically, the LIFS project focuses on improved productivity across the red meat value chain from livestock production to slaughter, processing and access to markets.
The existing value chain in the county is however fragmented and characterized by limited coordination between the value chain activities and players, and disease control thus unable to compete directly in the international market with producers like Australia. For the Scheme to be bankable, preliminary findings inform of the need to focus on a differentiated product and targeting of high-value local and international markets. This assignment, therefore, seeks to engage an experienced consultant firm to develop a brand design and marketing strategy for export promotion of the products that will be produced in the LIFS value chain.

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eC2: Improving Private Sector Participation in Dhaka Public Transport

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the consultancy is to support the preparation of Dhaka Public Transport BRTC_double_decker_bus_03652Improvement Project (DPTIP) by i) assessing and improving institutional regulatory framework and client capacity to increase private sector participation in the public transportation sector in Dhaka; and ii) assessing and recommending specific PPP options and business-financial models for the operation of the feeders associated with the BRT line from Gazipur to Mohakhali, for the associated BRT infrastructure and for the operations of the city-wide bus service. The extent of PPP potential must be well assessed and structured based on client capacity, similar experiences in Bangladesh, the relative appetite of banks and investors in Bangladesh to invest in the transport sector (including through the exploration of financing options such as leasing), and the cost/access to finance for private operators and investors.

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Four Things You Should Know About Battery Storage

The global energy landscape is undergoing a major transformation. This year’s ict_day_card_1Innovate4Climate (I4C) will have a priority focus on battery storage, helping to identify ways to overcome the technology, policy and financing barriers to deploy batteries widely and close the global energy storage gap.

Here are four things about battery storage that are worth knowing.

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eC2: Technical Assistance for Business Model Design and Ecosystem Support for Entrepreneurs developing Solar Pumping/Irrigation solutions in Egypt

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

The assignment has 4 components: 1) Facilitating Partnerships for Developing New Renewable-energyBusiness and Financial Models by engaging with a select number of entrepreneurs, financial institutions, end-users (farmers), other stakeholders, to co-create innovative business and financial models, to help unlock the growth of the off-grid PV market in Egypt in the agriculture sector. 2) Build Capacity of Select Banks Interested in PV , by working with banks which would have stated interest in engaging directly with the market/farmers on a pilot basis. 3) Strengthening the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Providing by providing support to 6 8 advanced PV entrepreneurs (existing solar / PV firms) with the objective of designing a program that is relevant to the needs of entrepreneurs at this level. 4) Exploring Opportunities with Early Stage Investors to support or develop early stage finance mechanism(s) to deploy capital targeting firms innovating in the off-grid PV market. Continue reading

Which Way to Livable and Productive Cities? : A Road Map for Sub-Saharan Africa

For African cities to grow economically as they have grown in size, they must create 9781464814051_pdfproductive environments to attract investments, increase economic efficiency, and create livable environments that prevent urban costs from rising with increased population densification. What are the central obstacles that prevent African cities and towns from becoming sustainable engines of economic growth and prosperity? Among the most critical factors that limit the growth and livability of urban areas are land markets, investments in public infrastructure and assets, and the institutions to enable both. To unleash the potential of African cities and towns for delivering services and employment in a livable and environmentally friendly environment, a sequenced approach is needed to reform institutions and policies and to target infrastructure investments. This book lays out three foundations that need fixing to guide cities and towns throughout Sub-Saharan Africa on their way to productivity and livability.

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