Marijn Korndewal via web
As the Water Governance Implementation Programme (WGIP) is coming to an end, the time is right for a new programme between the Dutch Water Authorities and the Awash Basin Authority. With support of the Blue Deal between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water and the Dutch Water Authorities, we were able to design a brand-new programme for the coming four years. Today was the day we handed in our proposal: months of hard work, meeting many stakeholders, trying to understand complex issues!
How to design a new programme that is useful for our partners and makes the most of the expertise of Dutch Water Authorities? First of all, we built upon the foundation laid by the WGIP. But more importantly, our slogan became “Stakeholders, stakeholders, stakeholders!” We have really tried to understand the needs of our potential partners. What are their plans for the coming years? What are the main challenges? Where do they think the expertise of Dutch Water Authorities comes in handy? Are the potential partners willing to work together?
The upcoming four years we will be focussing on enabling water administrators to regulate water pollution, implementing the ambitious Strategic Basin Plan and establishing a basin-wide information system in which all stakeholders can access and share information. Coming back to our slogan of “Stakeholders, stakeholders, stakeholders”: the backbone of our programme will be a very high level of cooperation between our Ethiopian partners!