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 under Selection Number 100019734.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are to be submitted by December 16 on the Internet at 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:

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