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Call for Innovation - NEW DEADLINE 10 APRIL 2020

Friday, 10 April, 2020
The World Bank Group is launching a Call for Innovation under the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA). The WACA Program is co-financed by NDF.

This Call for Innovation seeks 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 West Africa, mainly for Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, and Togo, but with also an outlook for the rest of the countries in West Africa. In most cases, existing ports were built with limited planning and considerations of potential exacerbation of coastal erosion. The significant threat is that this shortcoming is also occurring for designing and constructing new ports.

The scope is to identify innovations that allow to avoid, mitigate, and remediate the geomorphological and ecological impacts (i.e. coastal erosion and decline in marine ecology) associated with existing and planned commercial ports in West Africa. Proposed solutions will need to be innovative, feasible and sustainable, and may include: infrastructures to be implemented along the coast to control erosion from existing and planned new ports; infrastructures to be implemented at existing and planned new ports and lagoon systems to control water flows and sediment loads; operation and maintenance practices for existing and planned new ports; Public Private Partnerships (PPP) business models and contracting options for existing and planned new ports.

Here is the updated time schedule for the call:

  • Launch of the Innovation Call. February 28, 2020
  • Deadline for Q&A session. March 30, 2020
  • Deadline for submitting EOIs and call closure. April 10, 2020
  • Notification to longlisted candidates and request to submit Detailed Proposals. May 4, 2020
  • Deadline for longlisted candidates to submit requested Detailed Proposals. May 22, 2020
  • Notification to top 5 shortlisted candidates and announcement on the WACA website. June 23, 2020
  • Deadline for each shortlisted idea to submit their draft 5-slides presentations and start of the coaching period. July 8, 2020
  • Demo-Day in DC where shortlisted competitors will present their pitches, and Winner selection by the Jury of top-3 ideas. July 28, 2020

For more information, please contact WACA at waca@worldbank.org

Read the full Call for Innovation