Opening the gateway between the Dutch water sector and West African countries

On 29 June 2020, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the World Bank signed a Senegal-Tremeau-WACAProgram-900x450Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support West Africa’s efforts to build coastal resilience. Developed under the West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) Program, this marks an important step towards making Dutch expertise in coastal and flood management available to West African countries. Bianca Nijhof, Managing Director at NWP, and Simeon Ehui, Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Africa at the World Bank, sealed the agreement and highlighted how effective coastal management and nature-based climate solutions are at the nexus of economic development and poverty reduction.

In the Face of Coronavirus, African Countries Apply Lessons from Ebola Response

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  • Using lessons from the Ebola outbreak in 2014, African countries prepare to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  • In the aftermath of the West Africa Ebola crisis, the World Bank launched the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) Project to strengthen health systems and support effective disease surveillance 16 West and Central African countries
  • As of today, nearly $370 million has been approved or dispersed by the World Bank to fight COVID-19 in in 10 African countries, with more to come in the next weeks and months

Call for Innovation: Impacts of Port Development on West Africa’s Coastal Areas

The World Bank Group is launching a Call for Innovation under the West Africa Coastal WACAAreas Management Program (WACA) to bridge the gap between innovators and port developers/owners to build sustainable and integrated coastal management. The call is part of the WACA Resilience Investment Project (WACA ResIP), a multi-country regional project that aims to support present assets and strengthen the resilience of coastal communities for Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, and Togo. The project supported them develop multi-sectoral investment planning processes, culminating in WACA Multi Sector Investment Plans (MSIPs).

THE CHALLENGE
The challenge is to identify innovative and feasible solutions to fight coastal erosion and flooding issues associated with the ongoing development of large commercial ports and maritime operations in the six countries. In most cases, existing ports were built with limited if no zero planning and considerations of potential exacerbation of coastal erosion. The significant threat is that this shortcoming is also occurring in the
design and construction of new ports. The scope is to identify innovations that allow to avoid, mitigate, and remediate the geomorphological and ecological impacts associated with existing and planned commercial ports in West Africa.

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eC2: Gender capacity building for National Trade Facilitation Committees in West Africa

Deadline: 24-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The consulting firm will be recruited to conduct the needs assessment of National Tradewomen-finance-blogpost Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) in 15 West African countries, design training materials, and roll out the training. The assignment is in two phases. The winner of the phase 1 contract will be awarded the phase 2 upon successful completion of the phase 1.

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eC2: West Africa: Regional Digital Infrastructure Market Development

Deadline: 03-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 7_disruptive_tech

The objective of this assignment is two-fold: (i) to conduct a deep-dive gap analysis of the existing legal, competition and regulatory framework, and subsequent market outcomes, in 4-6 selected countries to identify specific areas that require strengthening to promote broadband infrastructure and service market development at both the country and regional levels; and (ii) based on the gap analysis, prepare Reform Roadmaps for each country, consisting of carefully sequenced reforms and investment prioritizations for the next 5 years (up to 2025). The Reform Roadmaps will identify policy and regulatory actions necessary to remove bottlenecks for digital infrastructure growth at both the wholesale and retail levels, as well as at country and regional (i.e. cross-border) levels, to ultimately prepare the foundations of a West Africa regional digital economy.

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eC2: Trade Facilitation West Africa Communications and Awareness

Deadline: 11-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) trade-lpi-2018-warehouse-shutterstock

Develop an informed, regionally effective communications strategy and tactical plan (in writing) by: Researching and mapping which tactics are the most suitable for the market/region/audience. Organizing and facilitating meetings and/or workshops between TFWA Program communications focal points and representatives of various institutions with an interest in the regions trade facilitation agenda to inform its approach. Ensuring the strategy and plan incorporate priorities of the various TFWA Program stakeholders while also ensuring consistency with TFWA Program objectives, targets, and communications guidelines and graphic standards. Seek approval for the above strategy and plan and rework the approach as needed.
Execute the approved tactics to Bank-level standards.
Provide ECOWAS/UEMOA with the tools required to take over and implement the communications plan in the long term.
Produce progress reports at agreed intervals (per each task order).

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Published on Voices The private sector can be a powerful partner in West Africa and the Sahel

Economic growth has the power to transform societies, boost prosperity, and enable senegal-farhat-0729citizens to thrive. But for that economic growth to benefit the poorest members of society, it must be accompanied by more and better jobs, one of main routes out of poverty. That is why job creation remains a top development priority—and a critical challenge.

As I prepare to head to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the 2019 Development Finance Forum, it is useful to remember that the private sector is a key player in development. A vibrant private sector is a powerful driver of jobs and can underpin sustainable economic growth, fueling innovation and poverty reduction.

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eC2: Nigeria Multi-Sector Investment Plan for Coastal Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Deadline: 17-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

As part of the World Bank’s West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) Program, the objective ofSenegal this activity is to develop, in a participatory manner, a Multi-sectoral Investment Plan (MSIP) for coastal risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The MSIP will be an action plan for the development of the Nigerian coastal zone, integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management considerations, and focused on but not limited to coastal erosion, flooding, and pollution. The MSIP will take into account all sectors involved in the zone and their contribution, in the medium and long term, for the strategic development of coastal areas in Nigeria. The activity should delineate objective, prioritized investment needs for integrated coastal zone management, providing indicative/estimated financing requirements for priority interventions, and developing a “pre-design” for the highest priority investment in each state (across four states).

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eC2: West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) Program: Call for innovation to Private Sector Engineering Firms

Deadline: 15-Apr-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Launched by the World Bank in partnership with IFC, the WACA Call for Innovation will try to seek solutions for the six WACA countries to reduce the impacts on down drift coastal erosion of port infrastructures, either by retrofitting existing port infrastructures or by building new ones. The solutions can be both passive (a proper design of ports) or active (with e.g. a sand by-pass system). The solutions must ensure their feasibility in the West Africa coastline context.
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eC2: MSME landscape and Market Research in West Africa

Deadline: 25-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)images

The firm will undertake market research of the financial sector in each country with specific focus on the market structure, key players, product offering to MSMEs.
The project timeline is around 2 months starting Mid March.
The final deliverable will be five detailed reports (both English and French):
Three reports (one for each of the three markets: Côte dIvoire, Senegal & Burkina Faso) summarizing the main findings and conclusions regarding the MSME sector and the financial needs of MSMEs in each country; and
One consolidated report summarizing key themes and findings across the region, based on the in-depth country reports, for the benefit of the Holding Company.
Short (~20-page) PowerPoint presentations (in both English and French) to summarize key findings and recommendations.

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