World Bank seeks further study of hydro program benefits

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform additional studies aimed at enhancing development benefits of World Bank-financed hydroelectric projects. Responses are due December 16.

The bank plans to develop an operational framework for enhancing development benefits of hydro projects with a focus on benefits to local communities as well as a broader range of benefits sharing. In Phase 1 of the study, the bank recruited consultants in April to review and document state-of-the-art approaches and mechanisms for enhancing benefits of hydro projects; and to provide an analytical framework for good practices for enhancing development benefits. (HNN 4/18/08)

The current solicitation seeks consultants for the second phase of the program, including case studies to refine the framework, and lessons learned. The bank said it seeks a series of individual case studies with a synthesis report highlighting the main lessons learned, good practices, and key success factors for effective enhancement of benefits.

The study is to pay particular attention to non-monetary forms of benefits-sharing such as water management, community participatory mechanisms, and other innovative approaches.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the World Bank’s eConsultant Internet site at http://econsult.worldbank.org/suite/public/viewPublishedNotifications.do under Selection Number 100019734.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are to be submitted by December 16 on the Internet at www.worldbank.org/wbgeconsultant. A short list of firms is to be invited to submit proposals.

For information, contact Daryl Fields, World Bank, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20433 USA; (1) 202-458-8740; E-mail: dfields@worldbank.org.

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