El Banco Mundial y la Asociación Sudasiática para la Cooperación Regional se asocian para mejorar la prestación de servicios en las poblaciones más pobres

The World Bank Group (WBG) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Development Fund (SDF) announced that they have forged a multi-year partnership to design and implement SDF’s Social Enterprise Development Program (SEDP) in eight SAARC countries. The partnership aims to improve the quality and delivery of basic services to the poorest and underserved populations across South Asia by combining finance, global knowledge, and capacity development support for 100 social enterprises that will receive grants of USD 100,000 to 250,000 per enterprise. Thereafter, SDF will provide finance to these enterprises to enable them to scale their impact.

“With SAARC Development Fund as a strategic partner in the South Asia region, the World Bank Group has a great opportunity to collaborate and connect countries with global knowledge and learning to improve service delivery to the poor,” said Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President, Leadership, Learning and Innovation, World Bank Group. “We believe that SDF can play a unique role in identifying and scaling of innovative social enterprises in the eight countries in South Asia, as well as enabling their replication.”

Social enterprises use private sector approaches to improve human well-being and are often highly efficient in delivering services in hard to reach communities. The WBG will leverage its 15 years of experience in implementing the Development Marketplace, a program that identifies and strengthens social enterprises and replicates those initiatives that have proven to be successful.

“From mobile clinics to community banking, South Asia is home to many social enterprises that are doing a great job at filling service delivery gaps that cannot be met through traditional means,” said Mr. Karma, CEO of SDF. “We are thrilled to partner with the World Bank Group that has a unique experience in supporting social enterprises to maximize the positive impact they can have on society.”

About the World Bank Group’s Development Marketplace

The World Bank Group’s Development Marketplace (DM) is a multifaceted program dedicated to identifying, supporting, and scaling innovative business models from social entrepreneurs in order to improve service delivery to the low-income population, thereby contributing to the WBG’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. The program leverages a competition platform to help surface innovative business models and provides knowledge and capacity building to governments and social entrepreneurs to enhance their ability to reach the most marginalized segments of society.

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El Banco Mundial recomienda una mayor autonomía para el sector eléctrico en India

State governments in India need to give greater operational autonomy to their power utilities and regulators while holding them accountable for performance if the sector is to move to a higher level of service delivery, says a World Bank study.

More Power to India: The Challenge of Distribution, presented in Mohali today is a review of the Indian power sector across key areas of access, utility performance, and financial sustainability. The study, conducted at the request of the Government of India, recommends freeing state utilities and regulators from political interference, increasing accountability, and enhancing competition in the sector. It calls for a transition from administratively run to commercially run utilities.

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Ampliación de Plazo: Convocatoria a Proceso Contratación Consultoría para la Revisión Intermedia Marco de Asociación España-Perú 2013-2016

La Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo – AECID convoca a proceso de contratación de consultoría para la Revisión Intermedia del Marco de Asociación España – Perú 2013- 2016, cuyo principal objetivo es extraer conclusiones, lecciones aprendidas y recomendaciones claves de cara a poder tomar decisiones para los dos próximos años que restan de ejecución.

La nueva fecha de presentación de propuestas finalizará el lunes 9 de marzo a las 23:59 horas (de Madrid, España).

La dirección de entrega de propuestas: otc@aecid.pe indicando en el asunto del correo la referencia “REVISIÓN INTERMEDIA MAP ESPAÑA-PERU”.

El Banco Mundial apoya a Kosovo para extender Internet en áreas rurales

Unleashing development opportunities in rural Kosovo requires access to communication infrastructure and information. In this vein, the World Bank and the Ministry of Economic Development of Kosovo have officially launched the first phase of a grant-financed technical assistance project entitled “Innovative and Green Growth for Rural Areas of Kosovo”, aimed at providing an analytical foundation for the extension of broadband Internet infrastructure to currently underserved rural municipalities of Kosovo, creating a sustainable platform for innovative and green growth.

It is those rural municipalities in Kosovo with the highest concentration of poor households (the part of the population which is below 40 percent of income in Kosovo) who are also suffering from a lack of reliable and affordable broadband Internet infrastructure. According to government estimates, 43 percent of rural households are currently unconnected to the broadband, and one-third of these households—without an all-inclusive intervention—are unlikely to be connected to the network anytime soon.

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El Organismo Multilateral de Garantías de Inversion (OMGI) del Grupo del Banco Mundial asegura una inversión de EcoPlanet Bamboo Group en Sudáfrica

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)—the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group—announced today its support for an investment that will contribute to sustainable agricultural development in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region.

MIGA is providing a guarantee of $8.6 million covering an equity investment by EcoPlanet Bamboo Group LLC of the United States in EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa. The investor has purchased degraded land in an impoverished area to convert into bamboo plantations for the production of activated carbon and bio-charcoal that will be sold to local and export markets. MIGA is covering the project against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance for a period of up to 10 years.

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