Consultants sought to guide investment in Zambezi Basin

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to guide the bank in supporting Zambezi River Basin investments, including hydropower. Responses are due June 1.

The bank seeks a multi-sectoral economic analysis of growth-focused development options and investment potential from both a basin and country perspective for the eight countries of the Zambezi basin in southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The analysis is to identify investment options and make an initial assessment of their economic, hydrological, social, and environmental implications. It also is to assess benefits of cooperative or joint investments over unilateral development by the riparian countries.

The consultant is to review sectors including hydropower, agriculture and irrigation, rural development, industrial and urban development, international water law, environmental and social effects, water shocks and climate variability, and tourism and wildlife conservation.

Funding will be provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Norway, and the Netherlands. SIDA already is funding an integrated water resources management strategy for the Zambezi River Basin. (HNN 12/11/06)

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, must be submitted by June 1 electronically on the World Bank eConsult Internet site, www.worldbank.org/econsult.

For information, contact Leonard John Abrams, World Bank, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.; (1) 202-458-0412; E-mail: labrams1@worldbank.org.

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