Call for Expressio...

Call for Expressions of Interest for case studies of Mobile use at the Base of the Pyramid

This request for expressions of interest (EOI), which is now closed, concerns research and production of five case studies (one each in Kenya, South Africa, Armenia, Pakistan and Vietnam) to examine the economic and social potential of mobile devices in the ?base of the pyramid? market segment, i.e. among the poor who live on less than $2.5 a day.

Please respond to this call for EOI, indicating in which countries you wish to work, via the World Bank’s eConsult system, at: https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org, selection #1049795, no later than 11.59 pm on Monday 10 October.


infoDev is looking for organizations with experience in rigorous research directly related to the topic and who are able to design and execute the studies from start to finish. Please note that we will shortlist proposals for Kenya and South Africa first, as these studies will be completed in the first phase of the project, with the remaining proposals (for Armenia, Pakistan and Vietnam) shortlisted later. Organizations may submit proposals for any number of the selected countries.

This request for expressions of interest (EOI) concerns research and production of five case studies (one each in Kenya, South Africa, Armenia, Pakistan and Vietnam) to examine the economic and social potential of mobile devices in the “base of the pyramid” market segment, i.e. among the poor who live on less than $2.50 a day. infoDev is looking for organizations with experience in rigorous research directly related to the topic and who are able to design and execute the studies from start to finish. Please note that we will shortlist proposals for Kenya and South Africa first, as these studies will be completed in the first phase of the project, with the remaining proposals (for Armenia, Pakistan and Vietnam) shortlisted later. Organizations may submit proposals for any number of the selected countries.

The project benefits from ongoing activities by infoDev in the mobile sector, both through the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy programme executed in partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland and Nokia, and through the work on ICTs and development funded by the UK Department for International Development.

Peer review support will also be available at critical stages of the research.

Following the successful call for expressions of interest, infoDev has requested proposals from short-listed organizations, for research and development of country case studies on the use of mobiles at the base of the pyramid in Kenya and South Africa. We received a large number of thoughtful and competitive expressions of interest and would like to thank those entities who responded to the call but were not shortlisted at this time. We may shortlist additional organizations for studies in Armenia, Pakistan and Vietnam at a later date, if funding becomes available.


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