H. Monitoring and Reporting

15.    Each Africa Centre of Excellence will have its own monitoring and reporting requirements. This will be consolidated and reported through the general reporting requirements for the national review committee and the World Bank supervisory team to monitor on a regular basis.


G. Environmental Management Approach

14.    For all regionally funded ACE proposals the attached EMP checklist has been completed and disclosed at the institutional website to comply with environmental safeguards. In some cases (3 out of the 15 regionally-funded Centers), the civil works are so minor and localized that they can be guided by national and local laws and procedures, and therefore no ESMP has been developed


F. Environmental screening, assessment and management and World Bank applicable environment policies

13.    Environmental impacts are expected to be low to moderate. The Environmental Assessment category is B (Partial Assessment), and OP/BP 4.01(Environmental Assessment) is triggered. There will be some rehabilitation and extensions of the selected institutions. The need for new construction will be assessed as part of the project preparations. There will be no new land acquisition for the Centers of Excellence; the project will select existing institutions. In general, the project will focus on quality enhancements of the Centers of Excellence, which primarily requires "softer items" i.e. faculty and curriculum development, and learning resources, while construction will be capped at maximum 25 percent of the funding, and the rational for proposed new construction will be scrutinized to ensure such construction is critical for excellence. A clear rule on the maximum extent of civil works allowed under the project will be established in the operational manual and the subsidiary agreements between the governments and the universities. Further, ESMPs have been prepared and disclosed for each candidate institution to manage environmental and social impacts based on the submitted proposals. For in some cases (3 out of the 15 regionally-funded Centers), the civil works are so minor and localized that they can be guided by national and local laws and procedures, and therefore no ESMP has been developed. The prepared ESMPs are disclosed in country and on the World Bank infoshop website.  In addition, a general set of best practice guidelines for environmental and social management was disclosed in the region in the early stages of project preparation.


E. Institutional and Implementation Arrangements

10.    Each selected institution will implement its own Africa Centres of Excellence proposal. Further, administrative capacity, most often from the institutions’ central administration will assist with the fiduciary tasks. An ACE team is established, led by a Centre leader who is a recognized educator/researcher within the primary discipline of the ACE and supported by faculty from the relevant engaged departments. The university will be responsible for the implementation of the environment management plan under the supervision of the national review committee and the World Bank team. In countries where a related project implementation unit with experience of World Bank safeguard guidelines exists, this unit will provide guidance to the implementing university.

11.  Each government will constitute a National Review Committee through the ministry or agency responsible for higher education. It is tasked with a semi-annual review of performance and implementation support, including approvals of withdrawal applications and implementation planning (but with no day-to-day implementation or approvals). This committee will include members from Ministry of Finance, as well as relevant line ministries based on the focus area of the ACEs (e. g agriculture, health, oil and gas etc.).

12.    The regional ACE Steering Committee will provide overall guidance and oversight for the project.

D. 4. Project location and salient physical characteristics relevant to the safeguard analysis

The Project will be located in the following 14 institutions of higher learning:

•    African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Redeemers University, Mowe, Ogun State/University of Ibadan
•    PAN African Materials Institute (PAMI), African University of Science and Technology, Abuja,
•    Centre for Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
•    Centre of Excellence on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
•    Phytomedicine Research and Development, University of Jos
•    Centre for Excellence in Reproductive Health and Innovation, University of Benin
•    ACE Centre for Oil Field Chemicals, University of Port Harcourt

•    West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana Legon
•    Developing WACCI into an African Centre of Excellence for training plant breeders, seed scientists and seed technologists, University of Ghana, Legon
•    Regional Centre of Excellence for Water and Environmental Sanitation, Kumasi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi


•    Centre d’Excellence Africain : SANTE DE LA MERE ET DE L’ENFANT, Université Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar


•    Centre d’excellence régional sur les sciences aviaires (CERSA), Université de Lomé Lomé, Togo


•    Centre d’Excellence Africain en Sciences Mathématiques et Applications du Bénin, Université d'Abomey– Calavi, Porto-Novo

Burkina Faso:

•    Centre d’Excellence pour la formation et la recherche en Sciences et Technologies de l’Eau, l’Energie et l’Environnement en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre, International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (2iE), Ouagadougou


•    Centre d’excellence en Technologies de l’information et de la Communication (CETIC), Université de Yaoundé I Yaoundé