CEDARE Participates in the AUC’s African Water Sector M&E Steering Committee meeting
Heading for Kigali, Rwanda, Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, NAMCOW Officer-in-Charge and MEWINA’s Regional Coordinator, will be participating in the AUC meeting for African Water M&E Steering Committee held on March 12th & 13th, 2014. The delegation will be led by H.E. the AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture together with H.E. the Minister of Water Resources of Nigeria, who is currently the interim President of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW).
The objective of the meeting is to deliberate on the 10 AU member states that will benefit from the Kagame WASH Action Plan till 2015. The Action Plan, which came in response to the January 2014 African Union Assembly Decision AU/DEC. 516 (XXII) on the implementation of Sharm El-Sheikh Commitments for Accelerating the Achievement of Water and Sanitation Goals in Africa, particularly aims to providing at least 5 million people in rural areas over 10 member states of water supply and sanitation services.
The meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss the sub-regional coordination of the next round of the African Water Report preparation to the January 2015 Assembly.
MEWINA holds the Regional Validation Workshop & 3rd Steering Committee Meeting
With the aim of validating the technical Rapid Assessment Reports at the national as well as transboundary, basins & aquifers, levels, MEWINA’s Regional Project Management Unit (RPMU) is organizing the Regional Validation Workshop in Cairo from October 27th to 29th, 2013. Also, presenting and discussing the water sector M&E regional reports that have been prepared by the consultant throughout the Rapid Assessment component will be another objective.
Back-to-back with the Workshop, the Project’s 3rd Steering Committee meeting will be held. The 2-days meeting is meant for assessing the technical and operational performance of the Project at all levels by the distinguished SC members representing the Arab Water Council (AWC), the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the African Union Commission (AUC), the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania & Tunisia, and finally CEDARE.
AMCOW TAC Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Program Manager, and officer in charge of North African Ministers Council On Water (N-AMCOW) secretariat, attended the AMCOW Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, March 21, 2011, where the AMCOW Governance Document was reviewed for further revision, and where the Global Water Partnership (GWP) joint Climate Change & Water program with AMCOW was discussed. The first phase of the Climate Change program will start in 8 countries in Africa including Tunisia from North Africa.
MEWINA Steering Committee holds its 2nd meeting on February 24th & 25th, 2013 in Cairo
Among a series of periodical meetings aiming at following up on the project implementation both at the technical as well as the operational levels, the Regional Project Management Unit (RPMU) organized the second Steering Committee meeting in its final formulation, comprising relevant international and regional organizations such as AMCOW, N-AMCOW TAC Members, FAO, WWAP, AWC, AUC & CEDARE.
Africa sets Water Targets for commitment at the 6th World Water Forum
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Program Manager, and officer in charge of North African Ministers Council On Water (N-AMCOW) secretariat participated in the multi-stakeholder committee meeting held in Cape Town, March 21, 2011,to formulate Africa's Targets to be presented at the 6th World Water Forum. Nine African Water Targets were formulated as follows:
MEWINA Regional Training Workshop, Nov. 11th – 15th, 2012, Cairo - Egypt
As early as 2005, Water sector M&E has been considered the weakest link in progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa as it faces several challenges at the national and regional levels. Accordingly, Capacity building among African States to cope with the challenges of data collection, analysis, monitoring, evaluation and reporting became one of the major areas of investment for the African Water Facility (AWF) over the following years.
CEDARE/N-AMCOW participates in the Africa Preparatory Meeting for the 6th WWF, South Africa
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Program Manager, and Officer in Charge, North-AMCOW Technical Secretariat, participated in the AMCOW Consultative Meeting for Africa in preparation for the 6th World Water Forum (WWF) which will be held in Marseille, France, in March 2012. The meeting was held on the 20th of March during the celebrations of the World Water Day in Cape Town, South Africa, during the period of 20-22 March, 2011. The meeting was attended by the AMCOW TAC members and sub-regional secretariats, as well as other experts and the five Vice Presidents of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), represented by the Ministers of Water from the 5 sub regions of AMCOW in Africa.
The 11th ICID International Drainage Workshop on “Agricultural Drainage Needs and Future Priorities”
The Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), in collaboration with the National Water Research Center (NWRC), under the patronage of the international Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in New Delhi, India & the Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation of Egypt organizes the 11th ICID International Drainage Workshop on “Agricultural Drainage Needs and Future Priorities”
23–27 September, 2012 in Pyramiza Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
For more information: www.encid.org.eg/idw11
CEDARE contributes to the Africa Water Facility Strategic Plan 2012-2016
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Program Manager, participated in formulating the Africa Water Facility (AWF) Strategic Plan for the period 2012-2016 during the planning workshop that was held in Tunis, Tunisia, 9-11 March, 2011. The meeting resulted in formulating the AWF Mission which indicated that “AWF will be working on improving water wisdom, meeting water needs, enhancing water governance, and increasing water financing in Africa”. The AWF Strategic Goals included 3 components, assisting partners in preparing for water investments, supporting countries and regional organizations for better governance, and leveraging knowledge for Improved water management. The Overall Goal was formulated to reflect leveraging knowledge, financial and human resources for water in Africa.
CEDARE signs project agreement with African Water Facility for a “Regional Program for Monitoring & Evaluation of the MDGs & the Water Sector in North Africa”
H.E. Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director, CEDARE (Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe) singed on January 4th, 2011 a project agreement with the African Water Facility at the African Development Bank office in Egypt, for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Monitoring & Evaluation Program for the Water in North Africa.
The project will be regionally coordinated by CEDARE in its capacity as the North African Technical Secretariat of the African Ministerial Council on Water (N-AMCOW). Phase I of the project which will last for 18 months is expected to harmonize and strengthen the Monitoring & Evaluation capacity in the 6 participating countries of North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, & Tunisia), and enhance national, sub-regional and regional cooperation in exchanging knowledge and information regarding improved water resources management and reliable and effective water services. The expected direct results of implementing the project activities are:
Africa Preparations for WWF6, Banjul
In preparation for the 6th World Water Forum (WWF6), on "Time for Solutions", Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, MEWINA, CEDARE, and WWF6 Africa Target 3 Coordinator participated in the stakeholders preparatory meeting organized by the African Ministers Council On Water (AMCOW) during the period 19-21 of December, 2011, in Banjul, The Gambia.