The FANFAR project (reinForced cooperAtion to provide operatioNal Flood forecasting and Alerts in West AfRica), funded by the European Commission (2018-2020), aims to foster rein-forced cooperation between key West African and European organisations. The project focuses on developing a system according to West African user needs and priorities, identified through a set of workshops. The second workshop was hosted by the Hydrological Services Department of Ghana and took place at the Ange Hill Hotel (2019.04.09-12), in Accra, Ghana. Representatives from hydrological agencies and emergency management agencies on the regional and national level from 17 countries in West Africa contributed substantially to achieve the project goals. In this workshop, the main objectives regarding work package 2 were to further co-design the flood forecasting and alert system in West Africa by: 1) consolidating user objectives and preferences; 2) assessing the progress done on the FANFAR prototype systems since workshop 1; and 3) preparing the participants to test the system in 2019. Therefore, several activities were per-formed. To consolidate which objectives are important for the participants for developing a flood forecasting and alert system and how important those objectives are, several exercises were per-formed that allowed us to better understand the preferences. Regarding objectives, special im-portance was given to: high accuracy of information; clear flood risk information; reliable access to information; and timely production, distribution and access to information. The activities performed to understand the matching between expectations and the current develop-ment status of the FANFAR prototype systems for the flood forecast production; the (Hydrology-TEP), interactive visualization portal, integrated support systems, and flood risk communication features, allowed to focus on identifying possible improvements. The results obtained are promis-ing and we look forward to continuing the co-design process and improve the systems in the next workshops.