Water experts, policy makers, government representatives, UN agencies, donors and nongovernmental organisations kicked off the celebration of the seventh edition of the Africa Water Week in Libreville city of Gabon on 29th October 2018, calling on African governments to reflect on achievements made so far towards availing clean water and sanitation services to all.
The one week long event is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in collaboration with UPGro, USAID, AfDB, The Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute.
To find out more about what happened at Africa Water Week, check out the full article by Isaiah Esipisu here!
AMCOW convened a daylong workshop alongside the 2018 Africa Water Week (AWW) in Libreville, Gabon for representatives from different networks, organisations, governments, UN, and the donor community to deliberate on invigoration of a strategic pan-African groundwater initiative.
More than 10 organisations and groundwater networks from across Africa have resolved to work closely with the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to invigorate a pan-African groundwater programme over the medium-term to demonstrate the benefits of a politically-connected pan-African approach.
To find out more about the AMCOW side event, read the full article by Isaiah Esipisu here!
Groundwater is one of the most important sources for drinking water, livestock water and irrigation in Africa, representing 15% of the continent’s renewable water resources, according to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
However, its hidden presence under the ground has left it largely under-valued and under-utilised both for social and economic gain. But even worse, scientists have confessed that very little studies have so far been done to unlock the potential of this scarce resource.
Therefore, to further this understanding, UpGro in collaboration with the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) convened a daylong session at the 2018 Africa Water Week in Libreville, Gabon, to discuss issues related to groundwater in Africa.
UPGro also interviewed two key people at Africa Water Week:
Dr Tindimugaya is an UPGro Ambassador and a Commissioner for Water Resources in the Ministry of Water & Environment Uganda
Prof. Diene of Cheikh Anta Diop University, Chair of the Africa Groundwater Network and UPGro Ambassador
Original Source Posts: UPGro, Isaiah Esipisu:
Governments asked to accelerate access to water and sanitation security for Africa
Organisations and governments seek to invigorate a pan-African groundwater initiative
Going underground at the Africa Water Week