AGTIWAS – well planned into the 2nd project year

Shortly before the end of the first AGTIWAS (African-German Training Initiative on Water and Sanitation) project year, the partners of the German Water Partnership (GWP) and the African Water Association (AfWA) met in Abidjan in early November to plan activities for the coming year.

Group picture – AfWA staff and AGTIWAS team © GWP 2022

Academy for decentralized trainings for experts and executives

Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) via sequa gGmbH, GWP supports AfWA in the partnerAfrica project AGTIWAS in establishing an African Water and Sanitation Academy (AWASA).

While AfWA already offers trainings for its membership and other stakeholders of the African water and sanitation sector, the academy will provide an institutionalized framework for this service. In the long term, the academy will provide decentralized training for professionals and managers in the sector across the African continent.

Important milestones set for 2023

Sabine Sibler, Regis Nkamasi Semondo, Olivier Gnankpa, Sylvain Usher, Larika Waldmann, Siméon Kenfack (l.t.r.) in the planning workshop © GWP 2022

The AGTIWAS project initially supports the institutional set-up as well as the implementation of pilot trainings in Rwanda and Senegal. While the first year of the project was somewhat slow due to restrictions caused by the ongoing Corona pandemic, among other things, important milestones are already planned for next year: including the registration of the academy in Uganda, where it will have its administrative headquarters, the creation of a financially sustainable business plan, the development of initial teaching modules for AWASA, and the delivery of initial trainings.

We are very much looking forward to continuing to strengthen networking to the GWP membership through this project!