"Water knowledge”, the Egyptian-Italian Water Training Programme, is a project financed by the Italian Cooperation Development Agency which main objective is the enhancement of specific and professional knowledge in the field of water management, as well as a shared vision on water as valuable contribution to improve an integrated approach on water management at the institutional levels.
The programme intends to contribute to the improvement of capacities of relevant Egyptian training provider in the field of water management by ensuring a flexible and efficient training hub in Egypt and in the region. In particular, it will focus on the improvement of the technical infrastructure and equipment of the Regional Training Sector for Water Resources and Irrigation (RTSWRI) in order to ensure the capacity of hosting an innovative water training hub in the region and contribute to the improvement of water quality and governance, hygiene and nutritional services through an integrated approach.
“Water Knowledge” is the result of a process aimed at developing initiatives within the national Egyptian strategy 2030 for Sustainable Development, which involved CHIEAM Bari – the Italian branch of CIHEAM, a Mediterranean intergovernmental organization devoted to the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal areas. – Hydroaid – Water Development Management Institute, the Cairo office of the Italian Cooperation Development Agency and the Egyptian Regional Training Sector for Water Resources and Irrigation (RTSWRI).
The programme, officially approved in March 2019, will last 24 month and will include high level training courses in Egypt, e-learning training modules and technical visits in Italy for the benefit of around 900 participants among junior Egyptian employees in the water sector, senior officials from key ministries dealing with water management issues at different levels, regional water officials from countries of the Nile basin, trainers and lab technicians.
The expected result is, on one hand, the enhancement of the technical infrastructure and the equipment of the RTSWRI and, on the other hand, the improvement of the water training system with regard to teaching methodologies, managerial skills for trainers and knowledge acquisition for trainees.