Training on Water Governance and International Water Law (IWL) for improved transboundary water management in Africa
25-27 June 2018, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Water governance is important for the African continent, as it has the highest number of transboundary river basins and aquifers that collectively cover more than 64% of Africa’s surface area and contain just over 93% of its surface water resources. These rivers are shared between two or more countries. While a common water resource is a potential source of conflict, it also has tremendous potential for cooperation as a driver for economic growth.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Network for Basin Organizations (ANBO) have developed specific skills on transboundary water to assist countries and basin organisations develop effective management of shared water resources in Africa. The Geneva Water Hub’s Platform for International Water Law brings together experts in international law from different backgrounds. Makerere University (Uganda) conducts research and is specialised in international water law. The university cooperates with governments as well as basin organisations to train staff and strengthen capacities.
As a neutral platform, Global Water Partnership (GWP) facilitates capacity development and collaboration to build synergies among various stakeholders on integrated approaches to better water resources management.
The regional training is aimed at strengthening capacities of institutions of countries and basin organisations in Africa in addressing issues related to transboundary water resources management through enhancing knowledge and skills necessary for promoting cooperation among countries.
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a worldwide network which for over 2 decades has successfully supported countries to implement the equitable and sustainable management of their water resources. The network has more than 3000 institutional Partners, and spans over 176 countries in 13 regions. Its regional secretariat for Eastern Africa is located in Entebbe, Uganda. http://www.gwp.org/en/GWPEastern-Africa/ and the global secretariat is in Stockholm, Sweden. www.gwp.org