NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence

As a flagship programme of NEPAD, the NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence (WCoE) aim to contribute to improved human and environmental well-being through research and development in water and sanitation.

WCoE has a mandate from the African Ministers responsible for Science and Technology and Water (AMCOST and AMCOW 2006)to assist governments in establishing sound scientific researched policy. It achieves this through policy briefs, guidelines and information that is backed by scientific research.

The specific goals are to:

  • Improve conservation and effective use of the continent’s water resources;   

  • Improve the quality and quantity of water available to rural and urban households;

  • Strengthen national and regional capacities towards water resources management and to reduce impacts of water related disasters; and

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As a flagship programme of NEPAD, the NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence (WCoE) aim to contribute to improved human and environmental well-being through research and development in water and sanitation. 

The NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence were mandated by the African Ministers responsible for Science and Technology and Water (AMCOST and AMCOW 2006) to assist governments in establishing sound scientific researched policy. It achieves this through policy briefs, guidelines and information that is backed by scientific research. The NEPAD Southern African Network of Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE) currently consists of institutions from seven SADC countries, which include South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is the objective to include and fully integrate at least one institution from all SADC countries.

The specific goals are to:

  • Improve conservation and effective use of the continent’s water resources;

  • Improve the quality and quantity of water available to rural and urban households;

  • Strengthen national and regional capacities towards water resources management and to reduce impacts of water related disasters; and

  • Enlarge the range of technologies for water supply and to improve access to affordable quality water.

The Network includes the following institutions:

The NEPAD Western African Network of Centres of Excellence (WANWATCe) currently consists of five institutions from four countries in the Western African -Region.
These institutions include:

Results:

The NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence produced Country Water Resource Profiles for the SADC region, combining the various physical hydrology [water resource and its exploitation], with a look at the service associated with water delivery [infrastructure], the social setting of the nation and how the management of water in terms of allocation and distribution works in the respective countries and to some extent its international obligations and relationships related to shared water resources. It also identifies the education resources and institutions in the water sector. The objective is to initially create the Profiles for all Southern African Countries, from where the other African Countries will be developed.

Co-operation with the European Commission

As a flagship programme of the AU/NEPAD, the Networks of Water Centres of Excellence have also been identified as key partner in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), which provides a high-level co-operation platform for the EU and African partners. 

Decisions/Declarations

Publications

The aim of this Country Water Resources Profile (CWRP) is to highlight important issues around the water sector in Botswana, including some challenges and opportunities facing the sector and how the Centres of Excellence (CoEs) can contribute to improve the situation in the sector.
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This study describes the Mozambican water profile in terms of current water resources supply and demand, socio-economic settings, water management issues, water policies, institutional settings, human capacity development and priorities in water sector. It can be concluded that compared to other...

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