Bank seeks Zimbabwe water sector investment study

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a water sector investment analysis for Zimbabwe including the economics of rehabilitating existing dams and reservoirs. Responses are due November 1.

The bank has allocated funds from the Zimbabwe Analytical Multi-donor Trust Fund to finance the water sector study. With a separate request for World Bank funding, Zimbabwe and Zambia's Zambezi River Authority recruited consultants in September for a feasibility study of the 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project on the border of the two countries.

In the current solicitation, the World Bank seeks review of available documentation and preparation of a preliminary database of projects in the water sector covering piped water supplies and sanitation, water resources management and development including irrigation, and rural water supply and sanitation. Work will include analysis of strategic water-dependent growth and development sectors, identification of planning models, review of investment options and priorities, specific analysis of economics of rehabilitating dams and reservoirs, analysis of financing options, and criteria for privatization of investments.

The work is expected to require nine months.

Expressions of interest are due by 5 p.m., Central Africa Time, November 1, electronically via the World Bank's eConsult Internet site, A solicitation notice is available on the website under Business Opportunities, Selection No. 1087810.

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