End of GoBenin Project: Implementation of national water policies in the Abomey-Calavi Municipality, Benin
The showdown of the four-year GoBenin Project took place last July in Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
he GoBenin Project was a development programme sponsored by the EU which brought together several institutions, such as ENAS (Water Utility of the Sardinia Region), CRENoS (Center for North-South Economic Research of the University of Cagliari), NRD (Research Centre on Desertification of the University of Sassari), the University of Abomey-Calavi, the General Directorate for water of the ministry for Energy and Water, Actions Integrees pour le Developpement (AID) and Hydroaid as implementing partner.
The project consisted in carrying out a research assessment concerning the water resources in the Municipality of Abomey-Calavi as well as providing training for local technicians and public managers. The project also envisaged the drafting of a technical handbook for the management of water resources in accordance with national water legislations, where the ultimate goal was the transfer of models of local governance.
Throughout the 150 hours of training, run first in Benin and later in Italy, the 23 beneficiaries further strengthened their technical skills and expertise concerning the management and planning of water infrastructures. Moreover, they were able to carry out an analysis of the criticalities and solutions envisaged for the Municipality of Abomey-Calavi. In addition to in-class work the participants engaged in water quality lab testing, specific software education and on-field visits to facilities in Benin as well as in Italy. Experts from both Italy and Benin jointly delivered the training, highlighting the skills and synergies of the project partners and thus conveying an added value to the participants’ learning. This successful approach led to the comparison of the water planning and management systems in Benin and Italy and subsequently stimulated a productive debate among participants and experts. Finally, the copious didactic material produced during the training represented a valuable source for the development of the expected technical manual on the management of water resources.
Integrated Project for the Right to Water, Health and Nutrition in Dodoma and Iringa Regions – Central Tanzania
Hydroaid, partner of the Integrated Project for the Right to Water, Health and Nutrition in Central Tanzania, carried out a technical mission with the target of contribute to define the training model for technicians who work in the field of water supplying in some rural areas of the country.
The project, promoted by LVIA (Lay Volunteers International Association) and co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and UNICEF,intends to contribute in a sustainable way to the improvement of life conditions, to the decrease of child mortality and the quality and governance of water, hygiene and nutritional services in a long lasting way and through an integrated approach in the Dodoma, Iringa and Central Tanzania regions. In particular, the project aims to improve the skills and the knowledge of the local actors in the field of the management of integrated water services and at local community and district levels (regions of Dodoma, Iringa, Ruvuma and Simiyu). It also aim to improve considerably the access to water as well as the functionality of healthcare facilities and water resource monitoring activities in the local community of the districts: Kongwa, Chamwino, Iringa and Mufindi.
During the mission, which took place from 4th to 15th July in the region of Dodoma and Moshi, the training model was developed according to the VETA (Vocational Education and Training Authority) standards and procedures, with the view of supporting the partners of the project and the local stakeholders (community representatives, private operators and rural water systems manager). During a second phase of the project a distance learning module for VETA staff member on the management of water resources in a rural areas, will be implemented with the objective of being integrated eventually into the overall national VETA training programme.
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: New e-Learning course: "Gouvernance territoriale : fondements, enjeux et pratiquesen Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sénégal"
Cette formation à distance, realisée en collaboration avec l'Institut de la Gouvernance territoriale de l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (IGT-UCAD), introduit les fondements, les principes, les enjeux de la gouvernance territoriale.
Au-delà de la présentation des concepts (gouvernance, bonne gouvernance, décentralisation, territorialisation, développement local), il s’agit d’une réflexion partagée sur les politiques publiques et les approches de la gouvernance en Afrique de l’Ouest, avec un focus sur les acteurs, les échelles, les mécanismes et les programmes.
A partir de textes, d’articles scientifiques, de retour d’expériences, cette formation, d'une durée de 4 semaines, permet d’expliciter les dispositifs et les instruments concernant la territorialisation des politiques publiques, en mettant un accent particulier sur les pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et sur le Sénégal.
Durée: 11 septembre - 15 octobre 2017
Bénéficiaires: Max 80
Ce programme de formation à distance est destiné aux décideurs, aux gestionnaires, aux professionnels des collectivités locales, des organisations de la société civile et à tous les acteurs impliqués dans le développement territorial des pays en développement et émergents.
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The closing event of "CliC - School Changes Climate", a project realized by Hydroaid in collaboration with CinemaAmbiente TV and with the financial support of Autorità d’Ambito n.3 “Torinese”, took place in Turin on 5th June from 9.30 am to 11.00 at the Cinema Massimo. (SEE THE VIDEO HERE)
The event was held in the framework of "Ecokids" - the section that the Cineambiente Festivalreserves to its youngest audience scheduled from 4th May to 5th June - with the participation of representatives from the local institutions, the project promoters, the teachers and the young students, leaders of the project.
"CliC - School Changes Climate", a project aimed at raising awareness among young students about the complex issues of climate change and its impact on water resource management, has been a great success involving 850 children from 38 classes belonging to 13 primary schools of the Metropolitan City of Turin, for a total of 44 hours of lessons, 250 riddles and games and 34 produced artworks.
Two vouchers for the purchase of books on environmental issues and ten subscriptions to Cinemambiente TV were awarded to the classes that produced the most significant artistic works in terms of relevance to the topics, creativity and educational purpose, and which were best able to interpret and understand the importance of the impact of climate change.
A "Special Prize" for the purchase of books on environmental sustainability was delivered by theSMAT CEO, Mr. Paolo Romano to the school that showed a particular attitude towards water issues in relation to the available educational resources, and which has been able to capture the most important aspects of the impact of climate change on this important resource.
At the end of the project the works produced by the children have been exhibited, thanks to the support of SMAT, outside the Cinema Massimo.
A new framework cooperation agreement has been recently concluded by Hydroaid with the University “Cheikh Anta Diop” in Dakar, Senegal. This agreement aims at fostering general collaboration in training, research and dissemination initiatives in the field of water-related issues.
In particular, within this general framework, a specific covenant with the Institut de la Gouvernance Territoriale (IGT) has also been concluded as the result of a mission recently conducted in Senegal by Hydroaid during which the development of common synergies and expertise were envisaged. The agreement with the IGT has the main objective of enhancing capacity in the field of territorial governance and water resources through the organization of joint training activities.
In the second half of 2017, a first distance training program aimed at strengthening local capacity to manage water governance models, which combines the need to ensure effective services, coherent systems of relationships respectful of individuals, environment and peculiarities of the territories, with technical and economical sustainable management models.
The program will address African countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Rwanda and of course Senegal.
Hydroaid was among the invited organizations to take part to thehigh level conference on the European Union development cooperation which took place in Rome, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on Thursday 27 April.
The initiative, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the framework of the celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, aimed at outlining the historical perspectives of the development cooperation in the European Union and giving visibility to what the Union achieved since the signing of the Rome Treaties.
The conference was opened by Angelino Alfano, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and by Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
The debates marked out the current reform momentum of the EU in this field by tackling some crucial issues such as the updating of the European Consensus on Development, the “post-Cotonou” framework for EU’s relations with the ACP countries and the implementation of Agenda 2030.
Among the high-level speakers who contributes to the success of this initiative there were: the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ivory Coast Marcel Amon Tanoh; the Minister for Development and Francophonie of France Jean-Marie Le Guen; the Director General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission Stefano Manservisi and the former EU Commissioner Emma Bonino. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mario Giro made the closing remarks of the conference.
Strengthening the relationships between Hydroaid and the Ethiopian institutions. A comprehensive training programme to support and reinforce the WRDF staff and mission
Hydroaid was invited to take part in a Round Table organized by the “Maison d’Italie”, one of the students’ halls of residence of the “Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris”, the international university campus established in 1925 closely linked to Paris universities.
The panel of speakers included Ambassador Luigi Cavalchini, President of Hydroaid; Ambassador Giancarlo Leo, former Representative of Italy to UNESCO and Mr Gian Luca Beruto, who recently joined the Hydroaid team. The discussion was moderated by prominent Italian correspondent, Alberto Toscano.
The Round Table took place on 25 March and was introduced by Mr. Roberto Giacone, Director of the “Maison d’Italie”. Ambassador Giandomenico Magliano, Italian Ambassador in Paris, formally opened the discussion.
The Round Table focused on a crucial topic: “Lessons learned from water conflicts for a future of cooperation and peace”. The debate gave an overview of water-related conflicts throughout history, focusing on water disputes in certain regions of the world such as the Middle East and Africa, where several hot spots reveal how much water is a fundamental resource for human development.
Over the last sixty years water has been the cause of 40% of conflicts. The situation is extremely complex. Although the surface of the globe is made up of 71% of water, less than 3% of the reserves is drinking water, 2.2% of which is trapped in glaciers or contained in aquifers. Less than 1% of the water on earth is then left to meet the needs of 7 billion human beings, as well as animal and plant species.
Nine countries share 60% of the world's water supply, 28 suffer from chronic water shortages and 80 are subject to one-time shortages. By 2050, at least one person in four will live in places where the lack of drinking water is chronic or recurrent while climate change will aggravate these difficulties, particularly in the water basins common to several countries.
These considerations imply respect for a fundamental principle: to make the best use of water resources in respect of both environmental sustainability and equitable sharing.
The panelists also discussed the most important challenges related to water management, particularly the links between water resources; problems concerning its management, use and access; and migratory flows and conflicts.
In the current international context where we are witnessing the largest migration flows since the Second World War – the volume of migrants has in fact tripled in the last thirty years – and water crises are highlighted in the reports of several international agencies and organizations, the importance of understanding the links between water resources and migration flows has become indispensable.
Water scarcity is becoming increasingly problematic also because of the climate changeaffecting the planet. The problem of population displacement as a result of climate change is increasingly seen as one of the major crises of our time; although to date these concerns tend to be viewed as peripheral. However, the assumed size of the phenomenon, with a possible prediction of one billion displaced persons in the future, has now placed the problem among the most burning issues on the world political agenda.
The only way to deal with these concerns more constructively and strategically, with the future in mind, is through the promotion and creation of instruments of cooperation in the field of water management. Cooperation – at governmental, regional, and inter-agency levels – must be placed, therefore, at the core of current debates with a view to encouraging effective and shared public policies aimed at a more balanced water resources management respectful of fundamental human rights. There are already a number instruments whose purpose is to promote cooperation in this field – the Nile Basin Initiative and the Agreement between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority to combat the contraction of the Dead Sea and provide safe drinking water in the region – but it is crucial to understand that these instruments are likely to be conceived with obvious intrinsic limitations in terms of effectiveness if the approaches that lead to their formulation do not take into account an effective conversion of perspective, with strong focus on the concepts of sustainability and respect of fundamental human rights, aimed at a shared and equitable water resource managemen
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: New e-Learning course on Sustainable Planning and Economic Regulation of water services
The challenges of environmental planning and economic regulation are increasingly intertwined and relevant for the achievement of truly sustainable development in a rapidly changing world. A cross-cutting strategic and operational approach is needed to tackle these challenges. For this reason in 2017 Hydroaid launches a brand new e-Learning course on Sustainable Planning and Economic Regulation of water services in partnership with Fondazione per l'Ambiente T. Fenoglio Onlus and HYDRODATA. The course is realized with the financial support of Fondazione CRT within Project HaND - Hydroaid Network Development for Water and Sanitation Services. Bring your expertise to the next level and connect with professionals operating for SDGs worldwide: join now!
Duration: 13th March - 4th June 2017
Beneficiaries: Max 80
Professionals operating in the fields of water and sanitation management with responsibilities of planning, financial administration, investments and/or tariff-setting from developing and emerging countries. Ideal candidates of this course are managers of local, regional or national Authorities in charge of water services, decision makers, NGO practitioners involved in the water cycle, water company officials
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A new course dedicated to Sustainable Planning and Economic Regulation will soon be released in Hydroaid Distance Learning Program. The course will be 12 weeks long and it will address operators - managers, planners, professionals - involved in the management of local environmental resources for sustainability and development, with a special focus on water. A Call for Applications will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, we invite you to spread the voice to potential candidates and stay tuned for updates!