The first edition of the Workshop

Official photo of the training workshop I © Marco Tonsini

During the week between the 19th and 23rd of October 2015, 19 government representatives (7 of which women) of 10 African Countries gathered at Villa La Colombella in Perugia (Italy) for the Training Workshop on Water and Sustainable Development.

Participants had the opportunity to discuss about the Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to Water (SDG 6), and to explore issues pertaining to data and information management, water management under a scenario of competition between sectors (e.g. energy and food) and an increase in extreme water-related events (e.g. floods and droughts).

Sustainable planning of water infrastructures and the application of integrated water resources management (IWRM) were also highly debated along with the need of adapting these tools to different locations and cultural perspectives. Participants from Botswana, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Swaziland and Tanzania presented case studies during the lectures, and, through discussions, they could acquire new perspectives on the various issues at stake.

The week's activities also included a movie night during which the WWAP initiative “The Water Rooms” link was presented and participants enjoyed a sightseeing tour of the historical town of Bevagna.

There is no doubt, I am going to alter a lot of things in our operational manual and the way we conduct our own capacity development programmes. This training has really empowered me.” Adeyinka Sobowale, Nigeria.

I guess the selection process was randomly done but staying together for a week it was like we knew each other for years.” Mutala Abdul Mumim, Ghana.

It was a wonderful experience being in Perugia. Personally, I gained a lot from WWAP team, trainers and my colleagues, this was one of the best training I have attended” David Bevin Munkyala, Tanzania.

List of Participants of the first edition:

Adeyinka Sobowale, Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria;
Alexis Tchiakpe, UNESCO, Cote d’Ivoire;
António Pedro Said Aly de Pina, Agencia national de agua e sanamento, Cabo Verde;
David Bevin Munkyala, Ministry of Water, Tanzania;
Elice Engelbert, Ministry of Water, Tanzania;
Emmanuel Parmenas Lupai, Ministry of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources, South Sudan;
Kene Carol Dick, Department of Water Affairs, Botswana;
Kokesego Montlhabanedi, Department of Water Affairs, Botswana;
Kwabena Asare Gyasi-Duku, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Ghana;
Mutala Abdul-Mumin, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing , Ghana;
Olamide Ogungbe, Ministry of Water, Nigeria;
Omogbemi Omoloju Yaya, UNESCO, Nigeria;
Onalekutlo Kenabatho, Department of Water Affairs, Botswana;
Philipo Patrick, Pangani Basin Water Board, Tanzania;
Roda Sansão Nuvunga Luís, Research Water Institute, Mozambique;
Sindy Nkosis’phile Mthimkhulu, Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Swaziland;
Tamin Twaha Katakweba, Ministry of Water, Tanzania;
Timothy Olatunji, National Water Resources Institute, Nigeria;
Yaovi Ouézou Azouma, IHP, Togo.

List of Trainers:

Angela Renata Cordeiro Ortigara, UN WWAP, Italy;
Carlo Giupponi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy;
Franco Montalto, Drexel University, United States;
Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland, United States;
Jonathan M. Kowarsky, The Israel Center for Negotiation and Mediation, Israel;
Ricardo Martinez-Lagunes, International Consultant, Mexico.

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