- Institutional Strengthening Project
- Shared Vision Program
- Applied Training Project
- Nile Trans-boundary Environmental Action Program
- Regional Power Trade
- Efficient Use of Water for Agriculture Project
- Water Resources Planning and Management Project
- Socio-Economic Development and Benefit Sharing
- Confidence Building and Stakeholder Involvement Project
- Shared Vision Program Coordination
The Applied Training Project (ATP) was established to support the SVP’s vision to improve water planning and management cooperatively in the basin by assisting in the development of human resources. There was Lack of capacity to develop and manage water resources in an integrated manner, in addition to uneven distribution of capacity among basin countries and little interaction among water professionals and institutions.
The project focused on long and short term training, networking and applied research in collaboration with a number of stakeholders particularly water and related professionals in tertiary training institutions and in Nile basin counties.
The project’s main mandate was enhancement of skills through training, exchange visits, workshops, research and studies.
Project Aim (Objectives)
- To strengthen capacity in selected subject areas of integrated water resources planning and management within the region in the medium term
- To strengthen research centres with the capacity to develop and deliver training programs in Integrated Water Resources Management (IRWM)
- To expand the frequency and scope of basin interchange among water professionals involved in capacity building activities
Long term goal
The long term goal of the project was to enhance basin-wide capabilities and capacities based on best practices, on trans-boundary issues in all themes and sectors. Stakeholders benefited from the project in terms of enhanced skills in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through long term training at postgraduate level but also through short term training.
- Developed curriculum for MSc program in Integrated water Resources Management (IWRM) and short course
- Produced teaching materials for the MSc program in IWRM and the short courses
- Initiated an e-learning program for the Nile Basin countries
- Set up a database for students, consultants, participants and workshops-
- Developed a Constitution for the Nile Basin University Forum
- Prepared Scientific reports of applied research results
- Produced a regional report on the training needs and institutional capacities of basin countries- where is the report?
- A regional report on the status of the implementation of IWRM in the countries produced
- Published papers produced by students to international journals and conferences
- The project started late due to late recruitment of key personnel. If the project was given another six months it would be able to fully deliver the planned activities of the project.
- Disbursement of funds has been difficult in countries which do not have UNOPS offices making operations in those countries delay as someone from the PMU to process payments.
- Selection of candidates to attend regional courses has not been perfect as some participants could not follow the training as it was out of their area of competence.
- Consistency in attendance of the courses has been difficult especially in the last year when we had planned that participants attend all the courses. Other duties came in their way and they were not able to attend all the planned courses.
- Selection of candidates for the MSc scholarship has not been good enough as we are four years into the project and some have not yet completed their studies.
- The demand for skilled manpower in some of the countries is still high with some countries still requesting for scholarships as their needs have not been met fully.
Strategy to sustain the gains/outputs
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with tertiary capacity building institutions to take over certain activities of the project. The recently formed Nile Basin Universities Forum took over the postgraduate training, applied research and exchange of students and staff to ensure that the ‘strong’ assist the ‘weak’ Universities in teaching, supervision and research. The Forum elected its Technical Advisory Committee Members, Board of Directors and has a Council.
It was agreed that an action plan be developed and funding proposal prepared in order to solicit for funds from donors. In the interim period the Nile Basin Research Program based in Bergen funded the activities of the Forum whose base is Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda after the closure of the project.
This was a five years project and sponsored by multi donors through the NBTF, managed by the World Bank and UNOPS as Project Service Agency. The Project Management Unit was located in Cairo, Egypt and was Operational in nine Nile Basin Initiative Member States
|No||Document Name||Post Date|
|1||Improving Sanitation Systems - “Technical and Socio – Economic Perspectives”: The case study of Kigali City, Rwanda||18-Apr-2011|
|2||Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) MSc Program and Short Courses Curriculum||28-May-2010|