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World Bank Broadband Strategies Toolkit: Module 3, Country Case Study of Broadband in Latin America

Consultancy Assignment for an Individual Expert

infoDev and the World Bank’s ICT Sector Unit are advertising a series of assignments aimed at individual consultants to produce content and case studies for the Broadband Strategies Toolkit. To date, six awards have been made but some positions have been re-advertised. Consultants may apply for multiple contracts but should clearly state in which studies they are interested. In responding to these terms of reference, please submit a covering letter and a CV using the World Bank’s eConsult2 system, online at: (selection no. 1022014) no later than 11.59 pm Eastern Time, 13 December 2010.

A generic Terms of Reference (TOR) is attached. The World Bank reserves the right to cancel some of the studies or to commission additional ones. Note that presence in the country to carry out the study is deemed essential in order to fully understand the nuances impacting broadband development and gather a complete source of background information.

For Full Terms of Reference, please see:

The purpose of this consultancy is to carry out a case study on broadband development in the Latin America region that would be representative of broadband in the developing world.  The infoDev-Bank team wishes to commission an initial total of six case studies, of which Afghanistan, Kenya, and St. Kitts and St Nevis have already been commissioned, though it reserves the right to cancel some studies or to commission additional ones.  Consultants may apply to carry out one or more than one case study.

Scope of Work

The consultant will provide a report (20-30 pages) on broadband development in one of the selected Latin American countries, highlighted below.[1] The analysis will cover at least the following:

  • Brief overview of the country’s ICT sector including structure and organization (e.g., name of relevant ministry and regulator and key operators and responsibilities services provided). Description of key strategies, policies, and regulations for the sector, with special focus on those that impact broadband.
  • Overview of the status of broadband in the marketplace.
  • Reasons for challenges and country achievement highlighting particular area where it has been successful (e.g., broadband penetration, broadband universal service/access policies, mobile broadband, etc.).
  • Lessons for other countries, particularly those in a similar geographic or socio-economic situation. This should include not only success factors, but also describe where the country has not done as well or where it has reversed or altered policies.

The Consultant is expected to spend at least part of the assignment in the country or to have a close working relationship with relevant stakeholders in order to interview and discuss development with relevant players.

Based on the discussions during the initial conference call and "writeshop" as well as comments received during the information sharing session, the following countries have been selected for further analysis. They represent different World Bank geographic regions as well as key socio-economic groupings.

1.       Europe and Central Asia (Lithuania, Moldova or Turkey)

2.       Latin America  (Argentina, Brazil, Chile or Peru)

3.       Middle East and North Africa (Egypt or Morocco)

4.       Sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya – Already awarded)

5.       Asia / Post-conflict countries (Afghanistan – already awarded)

6.       Caribbean / Small Island Developing States (St. Kitts & Nevis – already awarded)

 Timetable and Payment Schedule

This consultancy is expected to run from January to March 2011.

It is expected that this assignment will require around 15 days of effort, at a rate to be established based on the consultant’s qualifications and experience.  It is anticipated that the consultant would already be based in the country studied or could travel there with relatively little additional expense. The deliverables will be according to the following notional timeline:

Estimated date



Contract signature + 30 days

First draft of report


Contract signature + 45 days

Final report


[1] See for a general example of a broadband report for an economy.

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