The objective of WACA is to create resilient coastal communities and a healthy coastal environment. By resilient communities, we mean that households become less exposed to coastal erosion, flooding and pollution. 

This newsletter comes as countries are grappling with the COVID-19 outbreak and its tremendous burden on health systems, people’s livelihoods and economies. It is a double challenge as countries will need to manage the emergency and develop sustainably.

Regarding the call for innovation, given the situation and requests from several innovators and clients, we are postponing the due date for expressions of interest. A new date and timeline will be posted soon on the WACA website.

We hope that our teams in governments, projects and partners stay healthy and attend to their needs for health and safety.
With best regards, 
WACA Program Team Leader


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A Call for Innovation for Ports and Coastal Resilience

Some development challenges in coastal areas are so complex and have multiple options for solutions that it is hard to determine which intervention is best. But do we really know all possible solutions? That is why we invite you to propose innovative solutions. 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 WACA countries.

In most cases, existing ports were built with limited 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 due date for expressions of interest is postponed. For up-to-date information, eligibility criteria, proposal formats and deadlines, please click

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Young Bloggers Reflect On WACA

Inclusion of young people has broad benefits to the coastal resilience agenda. The young generation will have to live with development decisions made today, including those on major infrastructure that impacts coastal livelihoods and environment. We invited four winners of the World Bank’s #Blog4Dev competition to share their views about development challenges related to coastal resilience.

Here is a blog published in the World Bank’s Youth Transforming Africa platform and widely shared on African social media

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WACA Communications Network

Communications serve to advance development by breaking down the rationale for project activities, informing the pathway for development, and engaging with stakeholders. To bring these elements together, the communications experts from WACA projects, regional organizations, and the World Bank came together to define a common, regional communications strategy and action plan. Key axes of the plan are to 1) give a voice to experts, partners and beneficiaries through blogs and stories, see example of Simeon Ehui’s blog on private sector engagement for coastal resilience reflected in Senegal’s “Quoi de Vert?”, 2) engagement of decisionmakers at national level to support institutional development and coordinated scale-up supported by WACA, and 3) support to the communications aspects of stakeholder and citizen engagement.  
The WACA website serves as the go-to site for coordinated actions for coastal resilience. It includes country-pages with national strategies and action; links to regional integration activities such as the West Africa Coastal Observatory and the Africa Center of Excellence for Coastal Resilience; and stories on teams’ experience and partners’ engagement in dialogue such as the WAEMU, the Abidjan Convention, and networks such as the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM).
WACA’s communications experts have now formed a community of practice which serves to build capacity in ​​communications, strengthen partnerships and support stakeholder engagement, all in a results-oriented approach in collaboration with WACA’s experts in M&E, institutional development, and social development. For more information or to submit a blog or story, please be in touch with
Madjiguene Seck.
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