Africa infrastructure study includes energy, water

The World Bank is initiating a major Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD) study intended to establish the unit costs of building transportation, energy, and water infrastructure in 24 nations of sub-Saharan Africa.

The bank, in coordination with the African Development Bank and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, invites expressions of interest by September 28 from consultants to carry out the US$150,000 project.

Faced with recent pledges from the international community to increase infrastructure funding for Africa, the World Bank said it is necessary to establish a knowledge base about the cost of infrastructure construction in the region. It said what little data is available has never been systematically analyzed.

Consultant to study 450 projects in 24 nations

The bank seeks a consultant to generate and analyze a database of unit costs of infrastructure projects in the region in the last decade. It is to comprise at least 150 transport, 150 energy, and 150 water and sanitation projects. Information is to be collected from participating donor agencies and from the governments of the countries involved.

The consultant is to: design a data template, methodology, and sampling method; collect project data; and analyze data and report findings.

Countries included in the AICD study are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Participating donor agencies are African Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, European Investment Bank, Europe Aid, Japan Bank for International Cooperation/Japan International Cooperation Agency, Germany’s Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau, and the World Bank.

Expressions of interest, and qualifications, are due by e-mail or by physical delivery to the address below by midnight September 28. For information, contact World Bank Group, Vivien Foster, Lead Economist, Finance Private Sector and Infrastructure Department, Africa Region, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.; (1) 202-458-9574; E-mail: vfoster@worldbank.org.

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