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West African Coastal Areas Management Program Call for Innovation - World Bank Group

The West Afican Coastal Areas in partnership with the World Bank Group is currently inviting applications from suitable and qualified candidates who wish to participate in this year's WARA-WBG innovation program.

This Call for Innovation 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 West Africa.

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WACA-World bank group innovative solutions challenge

  • Type Entrepreneurs
  • OrganisationWorld Bank
  • Country to study -
  • School to study -
  • Course to study Not specified
  • State of Origin
  • Gender Men and Women
  • Application Deadline July 1, 2020

Aim and Benefits of WACA-World bank group innovative solutions challenge

This is a three-stage competition where the top 10, 5, and 3 proposals will receive different degrees of visibility and recognition, which will be tailored depending on the type and content of their proposals. In particular:

  1. The top-10 Longlisted competitors will see a summary description of their proposals in a WACA Innovation Book at the end of the competition;
  2. The top-5 Shortlisted competitors will be invited to present their proposal to a Demo Day, a live and virtual audience of World Bank Managers, Partners, and Investors.  Their proposals will also be presented in the WACA Innovation Book.
  3. The top-3 Winners will be invited after the Demo Day to individual follow-up meetings with the World Bank, in view of having their ideas pitched at an upcoming WACA Marketplace and receive additional media coverage.
  4. To apply, go to wacaprogram.org and click on Call for Innovation, download the form, fill it out and send it to [email protected] by July 1, 2020.  

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Requirements for WACA-World bank group innovative solutions challenge Qualification

e Call for Innovation is open to proposals around the following four thematic challenges:

  1. Thematic Challenge 1. Which type of infrastructure (green, grey, or a combination of both) could be put in place to manage the impact of port development and port management on sediment movements which lead to unwanted coastal erosion? 
  2. Thematic Challenge 2. Which planning measures and port and lagoon operation management practices could be taken upstream to reduce environmental impacts, coastal erosion and lagoon/canal water quality and flow management in particular?
  3. Thematic Challenge 3. What new features of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) (i.e. Government Funding, Corporate or On-Balance Sheet Finance, Project Finance), business models, and contracting options could be proposed to take sustainability into account in the design and management of maritime transport related infrastructures? 
  4. Thematic Challenge 4. What are examples of good global practices in ports and lagoons management and successful case studies that could be proposed to West African countries to better manage the cumulative environmental impact of existing port operations and predict consequences of future infrastructures?

Participants could be a single entity, or a consortium made of more entities. To be eligible, an entity must be a university (public or private), a research organization (public or private), or a private enterprise (i.e. an engineering firm, a construction firm, or a consulting group). An entity can only submit one application only. Therefore, an entity that has already submitted a proposal, either alone or as part of a consortium, is not allowed to submit another proposal (either alone or as part of another consortium).


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Interview date, Process and Venue for WACA-World bank group innovative solutions challenge

This is a three-stage competition where the best ten, five, and three proposals will be chosen and will run from February 28, 2020 and be completed with a Demo Day on November 11, 2020.


Application Deadline

July 1, 2020


How to Apply

To apply, download the form, fill it out and submit it via email to [email protected] by July 1, 2020 (midnight Washington DC) 



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