Gains in Financial Inclusion, Gains for a Sustainable World

financial-inclusion-genderMary Banda in Zambia runs a small restaurant in one of Lusaka’s oldest markets. Before she learned that financial services could make the way she did business easier, her profits were low. But today, her profits have increased, both because she banks her money and because she uses mobile money transfer services.

Using financial services has simplified managing her business and increased profits. And business proceeds now pay her children’s school fees.

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eC2: Zambia Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) Sector Diagnostic

Deadline: 28-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The assignment involves carrying out a technical and institutional analysis of Zambia’s flagship WSS sector programs i.e. the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program (NRWSSP) and National Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Program (NUWSSP). The objective is to identify opportunities for enhancing the effectiveness and outcomes of both programs, and to inform government strategies in the WSS sub-sector. The analysis will focus on five key areas: (i) strategic relevance and technical soundness of both programs, including issues such as rural-urban linkages, inclusion, health and nutrition; (ii) institutional arrangements and sustainability; (iii) expenditure framework for both programs, including sources of financing and opportunities for cost efficiency; (iv) program results framework and M&E capacity; and (v) economic and fiscal analysis of the programs, including an assessment of the hidden fiscal burden Zambia’s underperforming commercial utilities.

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eC2: Zambia Off-grid Information Portal

Deadline: 29-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  Energy India

IFC seeks to hire the services of consulting firm to design an online, publicly available, one-stop information hub for the off-grid energy space in Zambia, of relevance to a range of off-grid technologies and business models. The portal will provide information on Zambia’s off-grid opportunity (including GIS and other data); policy and regulatory environment, including permitting and licensing processes, the tariff framework, applicable standards and specifications; financing and support options; and procurement of off-grid solutions. IFC does not intend to host the information hub over the long-term, but will develop and transfer the hub to the appropriate governmental agency in Zambia to manage and update the information hub on a regular basis to ensure that it remains relevant and accurate.

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eC2: Design of Standards and Specifications for Mini-grids Development

Deadline:  07-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) India Energy

Objective: IFC seeks to hire the services of a Consulting firm to support harmonization of technical standards and specifications for private or community operating mini-grid systems in Zambia. For the purposes of this engagement, the working definition of a mini-grid is an interconnected electric power distribution system that can operate independent or/and connected to the main grid and contains some local generation. The technical standards and specifications will comprise a set of clearly documented requirements to be satisfied by mini-grid developers and operators in relation to material choice, system design and service level. These specifications should aim to create a common understanding and basis of expectations among developers, operators, regulators and consumers on the various levels of acceptable service delivery including technical, safety, cost and reliability issues. The work will include development of standards and specifications as needed, institutional arrangement recommendations, and implementation support.

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eC2: Zambia – Preparation of a Least Cost Geospatial Electrification Plan for Grid and Off-Grid Rollout

imagesDeadline:  25-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  In Zambia, the overall national electricity access rate, defined as connection to the grid, is low at 31 percent. While the overall access rate in Zambia has steadily increasing in past years, rural access has stagnated at 4 percent. The proposed Least Cost Geospatial Electrification Plan is designed to underpin the National Electrification Strategy and the National electrification Programmme in Zambia. It will establish a high resolution geospatial data system, long term electricity demand forecasts and algorithmic, least cost optimization of grid and off-grid electricity systems, including rollout plan with phased investments to scale-up electricity access rates. In addition, the plan will develop cost estimates of supply options such as grid, mini-grid, and standalone systems to reach remote areas. The World Bank, with support from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), is seeking to hire a consulting firm (the Consultant) to assist GRZ in the preparation of its Least Cost Geospatial Electrification Plan for Grid and Off-Grid Rollout.

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eC2: Zambia – Off-grid site identification and prioritization

Deadline: 30-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The proposed activity seeks to first develop new datasets that will enable the identification and prioritization of potential off-grid sites, and faster and more accurate market analysis for public and private stakeholders operating in Zambia. Datasets should include, for example, household locations and indicators on ability to pay, population density and proximity to the national grid, potential for productive uses of electricity and up-to-date data on national electricity grid transmission and distribution line locations. It is expected that these datasets then be used to narrow down geographic areas and priority villages that could be interesting markets for off-grid energy services.

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eC2: Bootcamp for Agribusiness Entrepreneurs in Zambia

Deadline: 23-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) rwandan farmers

The Zambia Agribusiness and Trade Project(ZATP) under the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) is launching MarketConnect – an agribusiness entrepreneurship advisory and support service – in Zambia with support from infodev. infoDev (www.infodev.org) is a global partnership program within the World Bank Group, which works at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for inclusive growth and job creation.

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Improving the Organizational Structure and Staff Conditions of Service for Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company, Zambia

Deadline: 24-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water

Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC)is currently implementing a World Bank-assisted Lusaka Sanitation Project which aims to increase access to improved sanitation services and strengthening LWSC’s institutional capacity to deliver on its mandate. Within the context of the project, LWSC management has requested the Bank to support an urgent technical assistance (TA) activity aimed at reviewing LWSCs current organizational structure in order to inform important HR-related decisions that LWSC management and Board of Directors are considering as they embark on the process of transforming the utility. The objective of the TA is to review and advise on an improved and sustainable organizational structure and staff conditions of service for LWSC. The outputs from this activity will help inform critical decisions on maximizing staff productivity and performance, and reducing skyrocketing staff costs.

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eC2: ESMAP Tender: Energy Access Survey in Zambia

Deadline: 07-Dec-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank-ESMAP team with the Ministry of Energy (MoE), the Rural Electrification AfricaAuthority (REA), ZESCO LIMITED (ZESCO) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is launching the first Global Energy Access Household Surveys in access deficit countries so as to set a baseline to track progress towards Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) goal and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7 on access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy by 2030.

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eConsultant2: Baseline Perception Survey on Competition Policy in Zambia

Deadline: 24-May-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank Group (WBG) is providing support to strengthen the effectiveness of promotionalcompetition in Zambia. In line with this support, as well as ongoing support to the CCPC, the World Bank Group (WBG) intends to undertake a baseline perception survey on competition in Zambia. The survey is intended to set a baseline on the perceptions and understanding of competition law and policy by the business community (individual firms and business associations), government officials in charge of market regulation, civil society organizations (CSO), academia and consumers.

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