The World Bank Group is launching a Call for Innovation under the West Africa Coastal Areas 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 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.
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 Trade 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.
Deadline: 03-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
Deadline: 11-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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).
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 of 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).
Deadline: 15-Apr-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
Deadline: 25-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
For three days this month, the West African nation of Senegal was in the spotlight of global efforts to combat climate change and improve education in a rapidly changing world.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Senegal’s President Macky Sall co-hosted a conference in Dakar to replenish the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – a funding platform to help low-income countries increase the number of children who are both in school and learning.
Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations.
I was recently in West Africa to witness the effects of coastal erosion. To understand what’s going on, we took a three-country road trip, traveling from Benin’s capital Cotonou, along the coast to Lomé in Togo and then to Keta and Accra in Ghana. These three countries, among the hardest hit by coastal erosion, offer a snapshot of what is happening along the rest of the coast, from Mauritania, via Senegal to Nigeria.