Website design and development for GI WACAF, a project based on oil spill preparedness in West and Central Africa.

Project Overview

GI WACAF is a co-operation project between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) aimed to help strengthen national oil spill response capability in Africa. NB was commissioned to provide a complete redevelopment of their existing website, including an exciting new design and content management system.


NB Communication did an excellent job in developing our new website. It is now user-friendly, responsive, adaptable to different devices and much easier to update. We have enjoyed working with the team as they are very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. They perfectly adapted to our needs and understood the requirements we have as a project of an international organization. They worked closely with us to ensure that these requirements were met. We definitively recommend them!

Emilie Canova GI WACAF Project Coordinator


The GI WACAF Project was launched in 2006 and encompasses 22 countries in Central and Western Africa. The project works closely with the governments of these countries to help them work towards identified focal points. The overarching goal of GI WACAF is to contribute towards better protection of the marine and shoreline environment in the region.

The GI WACAF website plays an important role in the project. Its main audience of government officials use the website to find documents, data, and activity reports about the project.

NB Communication's experience working with inter-governmental organisations meant that we were well suited to support the GI WACAF team and supply a new, updated website that overcame a series of issues with their previous site.


The new website needed a more exciting design that was intuitive to use and clearly promoted the project for prospective members. The previous site had lots of static regional maps that were difficult to navigate. We sought to make them more interactive and useful for users.

A high volume of publications, news, and activity records are kept on the site. These articles and publications needed to be added, displayed, and viewed easily with a simple uncluttered navigation and filtering system.


NB designed and developed a new website for GI WACAF. The new site has an eye-catching and clear design that is intuitive to use and navigate. The site features an improved sitemap that allows content to be found much more easily. The site also features a series of interactive maps that provide users with a clear view of the project's progress and that utilise the project's data, provided by the project's partner countries, to its full potential.

An upgraded content management system (CMS) was also integrated with the site that allows the GI WACAF team to easily add new content and update the site. The CMS also centralises the data entry, eliminating the need for the same data to be entered multiple times. As new content is added to internal pages of the site, much of this is reflected on the homepage in a series of dynamic sections which highlight the latest additions to the site.


Interactive progress map

An interactive progress map was created to display the project's progress across all of the participating countries. The map can be filtered to show the progress that is relative to each policy implementation. An accompanying list of countries also allows the user to pinpoint particular countries on the map.

Mobile - Progress map

The progress map has been created using a responsive design that allows for clear mobile viewing and navigation, while still maintaining the same functionality.

Country profile page

Country profile pages have been added to allow for optimal presentation of the most pertinent data such as the focal points and a table that details the project's progress relative to the specific country. All the data for each country can be downloaded in PDF format.

Interactive map of country profiles

An interactive map allows for a more visual approach to navigating through the project's country profiles.

Publications library

A library of publications has been included to allow for easy browsing of the project's documents. The library features a filtering system that allows the user to narrow down the results by the specific type of publication.