The Water Resources Development Fund is a semi-autonomous body established by the Government of Ethiopia in January 2002 on behalf of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE). Its main objective is to promote the development of viable water and sanitation services in Ethiopian urban areas.
This agreement shows the particular interest of the WRDF in the training activities carried out by Hydroaid during the past 15 years and further contributes to implementing the inititative: “Support to WASH in urban areas”. Such initiative has been developped by the WRDF in partnership with the Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione e lo Sviluppo (AICS), the Agence Français pour le Dévelopment (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The conclusion of this agreement, aimed at upgrading the technical and management skills of the WRDF staff dedicated to the appraisal and follow-up of water supply infrastructure projects, strengthens the relationships between Hydroaid and the Ethiopian institutions. Such relationships were built upon the WATSAM Project, a EU-funded development project (2012-2015) headed by Hydroaid, and further consolidated by the platform “A focus on Ethiopia”, a training programme supported by the Metropolitan City of Turin and ATO 3 Torinese, aimed at fostering joint initiatives with Ethiopian and international partners in the water and sanitation sector.
As a follow up to the agreement signed by Hydroaid with the MoWIE in July 2015 during the final seminar of the WATSAM Project, by this contract with WRDF, Hydroaid proposes a comprehensive training programme intended to provide adequate administrative, managerial and technical tools, as well as appraisal techniques and an integrated approach to reinforce the WRDF mission. In particular, the proposed programme aims at improving the management skills of the WRDF staff in the assessment and selection of viable water supply and sanitation projects as well as consolidating WRDF’s professional profiles with the view to efficiently integrating them in WASH infrastructural project assessment.
This initiative will be implemented by Hydroaid with the support of its members. Such members include public and private operators at the local and territorial level of the Piedmont Region (northern Italy), with a proven track record in water resources projects on the national and international scale, and have been involved, since many years, in training activities promoted by Hydroaid in over 70 countries.