FOR INDIVIDUALS: Converting the Virtual Economy into Development Potential, Phase 1: Knowledge Map of the Virtual Economy

Connect Program: Deadline May 17, 2010

infoDev ( is a research, capacity building and advisory program, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat housed in the Global ICT Department (GICT) of the World Bank Group. It helps developing countries and their international partners use innovation and information and communication technologies (ICT) effectively as tools for poverty reduction and sustainable social and economic development.

infoDev wishes to hire an individual consultant for Phase 1 of a three-phased project on assessing the development potential of the Virtual Economy. The objective of Phase 1 is to create a Knowledge Map of the Virtual Economy (KMVE). An infoDev Knowledge Map is a systematic attempt to define a subject area, conduct a literature review, and measure its economic contribution and growth rate as relevant in a developing country context. Overall, it aims to summarize what we know and do not know about an innovative subject area connected to ICT4D. Example of previous Knowledge Maps can be accessed in the publications sections of the infoDev website at /en/Publications.4.html. The "Virtual Economy", as used here, refers to products and services that only have an existence within the electronic world (for instance within games or on devices), without an analogue equivalent, and which offer trade opportunities that can be exploited from anywhere in the world.

The terms of reference for this study is available online at: /en/Publication.826.html

In responding to this call for individual consultants (not firms), respondents should provide:

1. A recent CV.
2. A covering letter indicating

a) their understanding of the issue;
b) their proposed approach to the study (methodololgy);
c) a list of counterparts who would be consulted during the research phase;
d) their current affiliations with academic institutions.

3. Our expectation is that the study would require around 75 days of effort. Please indicate your availability to complete the study within the period over the next five months.

4. An indication of your expected daily rate. Please note that the World Bank has a standard methodology for calculating consultant fees and the rate you quote may not necessarily be the rate that is offered.

Indvidiuals interested in being considered for this assignment should submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) consisting of their CV and the cover letter as described above to the World Bank's eConsult2 system by 11:59 pm Washington, DC time on May 17, 2010.  To access the eConsult2 system, please click:  Then do the following:

1.  Do *not* log in or register as a firm.

2.  Instead, click directly on "Bidding Opportunites".

3. Find the selection no. (1001189) for this activity. Note: the selections are not in numerical order, so you will have to search for the exact selection no.

4. Once you have found the selection, click on it.

5. A pop-up box will appear. In order to submit your CV and cover letter, click on "Express Interest".

General questions about the assignment can be answered by Tim Kelly (  If you have difficulty submitting your CV and cover letter on eConsult2, please contact Mather Pfeiffenberger (

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