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Personal Assistant to AMCOW’s Executive Secretary (ES)

The position of the Personal Assistant to the ES is an administrative support function to the ES and executive team at AMCOW Secretariat located in Abuja, Nigeria. The scope of responsibilities includes providing high level clerical and administrative support to the ES, including scheduling appointments, preparing correspondence and presentations, and preparing expense reports.

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Dr Mbaziira Engages Malawi on Country’s Water and Sanitation Solutions and AMCOW’s Initiatives

AMCOW’s Executive Secretary, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, has paid a courtesy call to the Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, Republic of Malawi, Hon. John Bande. The visit, which took place from 24-27 May 2022, was to solicit Malawi’s and partners’ inputs into AMCOW’s ongoing efforts to provide responsive solutions to the intermittent but extreme drought and post-drought flooding episodes ravaging different parts of Southern and Eastern Africa. Also, the Executive Secretary seized the opportunity to discuss AMCOW’S strategic direction for the period 2022-24 within the framework of implementing the AMCOW Strategy 2018-2030. 

AMCOW understands that the responsiveness of continental policy initiatives to Member States’ real needs is dependent on a Bottom-Up to Top-Down approach. Therefore, AMCOW is working to ensure that Member States’ priorities constitute the basis for formulating continental initiatives, domesticated for implementation as national policies. 

However, to ensure ownership, it is imperative that all Member States at least can identify with aspects of AMCOW programmes – this is, in turn, influenced by their level of participation in the formulation process of the programmes. Therefore, this courtesy call on the Honourable Minister falls within the broad framework of the regional consultations. 

Critical highlights of the discussions include enlisting the support of the Republic of Malawi on: 

  • annually convening the statutory AMCOW Southern Africa sub-regional Ministerial Committee (SMC) meeting in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat;
  • implementing continental and global commitments on water and sanitation, including the Africa Water Vision 2025, PIDA-PAP II water projects and SDG 6; 
  • utilising the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPGs) to formulate a SADC regional protocol on pollution control and accelerating access to safely managed sanitation; and, 
  • making preparations for the 13th ordinary session of the AMCOW Executive Committee (EXCO) in Windhoek, Namibia, and the water pavilion at COP27 at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

During the meeting, Hon. John Bande assured AMCOW of Malawi’s commitment to its programmes and activities. 

Since completing the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, AMCOW has increased its effort to strengthen engagement with the Member States and partners. AMCOW’s Executive Secretary has since paid courtesy calls to Ministers responsible for water in Nigeria, Mozambique, Egypt and Malawi and is still counting.

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AMCOW Engages Malawi on Solutions for the Country’s Water and Sanitation

AMCOW’s Executive Secretary, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, has paid a courtesy call to the Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, Republic of Malawi, Hon. John Bande. From 24-27 May 2022, the visit was to solicit Malawi’s and partners’ inputs into AMCOW’s ongoing efforts to provide responsive solutions to the intermittent but extreme drought and post-drought flooding episodes ravaging different parts of Southern and Eastern Africa. Also, the Executive Secretary seized the opportunity to discuss AMCOW’S strategic direction for 2022-24 within the framework of implementing the AMCOW Strategy 2018-2030. 

AMCOW understands that the responsiveness of continental policy initiatives to Member States’ real needs depends on a Bottom-Up to Top-Down approach. Therefore, AMCOW is working to ensure that Member States’ priorities constitute the basis for formulating continental initiatives, domesticated for implementation as national policies. 

However, to ensure ownership, it is imperative that all Member States at least can identify with aspects of AMCOW programmes – this is, in turn, influenced by their level of participation in the formulation process of the programmes. Therefore, this courtesy call on the Honourable Minister falls within the broad framework of the regional consultations. 

Critical highlights of the discussions include enlisting the support of the Republic of Malawi on: 

  • Annually convening the statutory AMCOW Southern Africa sub-regional Ministerial Committee (SMC) meeting in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat;
  • implementing continental and global commitments on water and sanitation, including the Africa Water Vision 2025, PIDA-PAP II water projects and SDG 6; 
  • utilising the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPGs) to formulate a SADC regional protocol on pollution control and accelerating access to safely managed sanitation; and, 
  • making preparations for the 13th ordinary session of the AMCOW Executive Committee (EXCO) in Windhoek, Namibia, and the water pavilion at COP27 at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Hon. John Bande assured AMCOW of Malawi’s commitment to its programmes and activities during the meeting. 

Since completing the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, AMCOW has increased its effort to strengthen engagement with the Member States and partners. AMCOW’s Executive Secretary has since paid courtesy calls to Ministers responsible for water in Nigeria, Mozambique, Egypt and Malawi and is still counting.

AMCOW Prepares Focal Points from Northern and Eastern Africa Regions for the 2022 Water and Sanitation Sector Report Data Collection Campaign
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AMCOW Prepares Focal Points from Northern and Eastern Africa Regions for the 2022 Water and Sanitation Sector Report Data Collection Campaign

Member States’ focal points numbering 27 from the northern and eastern Africa region have benefitted from the WASSMO/AfricaSan Ngor training series to improve data collection and reporting for the 2022 round of Africa’s water and sanitation sector report. This exercise feeds into the effort to respond to the yearning of the African Heads of States to oversee regularly the state of water and sanitation in the continent.

The workshop, which aimed at accelerating effective, timely, and quality data collection and reporting held in the Republic of Egypt in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and the Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies in Cairo. The training paves the way for launching the next data collection campaign. It will increase awareness for establishing and strengthening the National Coordination Platforms and improve the focal point’s knowledge and practical abilities to utilise the WASSMO Information Technology System. It will minimise disparities in data management structures and objectives among the Members States and enlighten focal points on relevant best practices and tools for the effective planning, coordination and WASSMO, AfricaSan Ngor processes implementation. Also, it will increase stakeholders’ awareness of Africa’s Water and Sanitation Sector Monitoring and Reporting mandate by the African Union.

At the opening of the event, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr Ragab Abdelazim, represented the Hon Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation, H E Muhammad Abdul Aty. During his opening remark, Dr Ragab appreciated AMCOW’s collaboration and the opportunity given to Egypt to host the workshop. He reiterated Egypt’s commitment to supporting AMCOW’s role in Africa’s socio-economic development, stressing Egypt’s readiness to work with other countries to realise the Africa Water Vision 2025Africa Agenda 2063 (the Africa we want) and accelerate progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG6). In closing, he expressed Egypt’s expectation for AMCOW’s participation in the Fifth Cairo Water Week in October 2022, titled “Water at The Heart of Climate Action”, whose recommendations will be submitted to the Water Pavilion – on the sidelines of the (COP27) hosted by Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh) in November – as a representative of the African continent. 

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of AMCOW, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, represented by AMCOW’s Officer in Charge of Water Resources Management and Climate Change, Prof Moshood Tijani, stated that regular reporting to the AU HoSG would draw the highest level of attention to the sector’s challenges. He said that AMCOW would operationalise the National Coordination Platforms to improve the completeness and quality of WASSMO data to initiate action on strengthening national-level capacity for collecting, analysing and reporting on SDG6, Sharm El-Sheikh, Ngor and other relevant commitments. Therefore, he called on Member states to provide more information on related targets of the African Water Vision 2025. 

The WASSMO/AfricaSan Regional Workshop responds to AMCOW’s mandate by the Heads of States and Governments of the African Union Assembly in Sharm El-Sheikh in 2008 to report on the progress in implementing its commitment to water and sanitation in Africa. 

The WASSMO is a web-based system for monitoring and reporting progress in Africa’s water and sanitation sector. It was developed by the African Ministers’ Council on Water in 2016 with financial support from the Africa Water Facility (AWF) through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The Republic of Botswana hosted the Southern African countries from the 4th to the 6th of May. The Republic of Benin hosted the Western and Central regions from the 10th to the 12th of May. Overall, a total of 110 focal points have been trained across 45 countries.

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AMCOW at the 9th World Water Forum

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) participated in the 9th World Water Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal from 22 to 27 March, 2022. 

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AMCOW’s Knowledge Management Hub: Connecting African water practitioners

If a tree falls in a forest, but there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? If WASH experts have essential knowledge but have no practical way to share it, is it useful? This session examined how to learn from colleagues through AMCOW’s Knowledge Hub.

Knowledge management is integral to any water, sanitation and hygiene program. Establishing and maintaining knowledge exchange and learning channels is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic and for future global crises. Having a central repository for results, both quantitative and qualitative, will help water and sanitation practitioners organise knowledge to facilitate better-informed decisions on sector programming now and in the future.

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) supports African Union’s Specialized Technical Committee to drive impactful results in the water and sanitation sector. Its provision of political leadership, policy direction, and advocacy on WASH issues across the AU’s 55 member states place AMCOW at the forefront of water and sanitation knowledge as a hub for timely, reliable information.

In August 2021, one year after the launch of the AMCOW Knowledge Hub, the Council and its partners delved into the effort to look critically at:

1). How to continue building knowledge management communities across countries,

2) the most persuasive storytelling techniques, and

3) what knowledge management and communications are needed for learning and successful advocacy in the water and sanitation sector?

In a session convened during the Stockholm World Water Week, participants discuss how sector leaders can best engage with the Hub and improve it to become the go-to knowledge management location for WASH professionals in Africa.

See the details of the event below:

Click here for the video recording.

Welcome and Agenda

Obinna Anah, African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)

Razia Baqai, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Knowledge Management: Interactive Activity: Quiz Show

Sara Passman, Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS)

Obinna Anah, AMCOW

Knowledge Management Discussion-Why is knowledge management so important?

Nico Elema, AUDA/NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence

Knowledge Management at Basin Organisations – Congo Basin’s Example

Raphael Tshimanga, the University of Kinshasa-the Congo Basin Water Resources Research Center

AMCOW’s Knowledge Hub

Obinna Anah, AMCOW

How do partners work with AMCOW to share knowledge? UNESCO and APAGroP Examples

Abou Amani, UNESCO

Karen G Villholth, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Kirsty Upton, British Geological Survey (BGS)

Questions and Answers

Moderator: Richard Rapier, WALIS

Discussion Moderators:

Karen G Villholth, IWMI

Kirsty Upton, BGS

Obinna Anah, AMCOW

Richard Rapier, WALIS

Nico Elema, AUDA/NEPAD

Jorge Ellis De Luca, UNESCO

Presentation of group discussions

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Next Steps: How can WASH practitioners collaborate using the Knowledge Hub and other knowledge management tools?

Obinna Anah, AMCOW

Summary and Call to Action

Thomas Banda, AMCOW

See the full video

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Shagari Asks UN To Include Knowledge Management In Next Development Goals

As AMCOW Launches Its Knowledge Management Hub Of Hubs

Nigeria’s former Minister in charge of water resources and sanitation, and the first president of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Barrister Mukhtari Shehu Shagari, CFR, has called on the United Nations (UN) to include Knowledge Management in their next development goals after 2030.

Speaking during the virtual launch of the AMCOW “Knowledge Management” platform described as the hub of hubs, on November 18, 2020, Barrister Shehu Shagari observed that information management and sharing have become so important in our world today. He recalled the day in April 2002 when he and 40 other Ministers in charge of water in Africa gathered in Abuja to establish a learning, knowledge sharing and coordination platform that gave birth to the present AMCOW. He asserted that their vision was to promote cooperation, security, socio-economic development, and poverty eradication by managing water resources and providing water supply and sanitation services. He expressed happiness that AMCOW is now an intergovernmental organization recognized as African Union’s Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Water and Sanitation.

According to AMCOW’s Knowledge Management Strategy 2017, the Council recognises that knowledge is at the core of AMCOW’s political leadership, policy direction, and advocacy work. Also, the strategy highlights that Water and sanitation specialists across the continent look to AMCOW’s ministerial authority to develop recognition and understanding of water and sanitation as a priority cross-cutting factor in economic development. Therefore, the strategy includes knowledge platforms that demonstrate its efforts to promote the uptake and application of research results on water and sanitation challenges and to facilitate joint learning among water and sanitation researchers, planners, managers, and users.

In addition, the strategy recognises that Africa already has a lot of resources covering several water and sanitation topics. It acknowledges that using the knowledge hub is a vital strategy to connect these resources and make them accessible to sector players. This would help to facilitate capacity building for improved service delivery. AMCOW agrees that preserving the sector’s legacy for the younger generation is necessary. It believes that this dynamic system will continue to evolve to accommodate online courses, using local expertise and practices and to support the use and reuse of the sector’s new knowledge.

To bolster the importance of the hub, the Executive Secretary of AMCOW, Dr Canisius Kanangire, said that the knowledge hub forms part of AMCOW’s services to its Member States. He said it is timely, considering the new working conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said they believe such a virtual hub is an excellent way to facilitate collaboration and accelerate learning. He posited that the knowledge hub of hubs provides tools to help users enter through one door and have access to many other rooms to find information and knowledge. He averred that users could also gain access through direct hyperlinks to other hubs or online resource centres.

Further, he said that the hub presents a rich opportunity to harness and raise the profile of the sector’s relevant home-grown knowledge and provide students, researchers, policymakers, and development partners access to reliable data, information, and learning. These resources he went on will help to improve decisions and offer wisdom to achieve related development goals like the African Water Vision 2025 and the Agenda 2063 – “the Africa we want.”

The Centre, named after the former Minister Mukhtari Shehu Shagari Resource Centre, comprises a physical library at the AMCOW’s Secretariat and an online knowledge hub. This effort is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and partly by the Water and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).  It’s in response to AU’s Heads of State and Government Sharm el-Sheikh commitment to build institutional and human resources capacity, enhance information and knowledge management, and strengthen monitoring and evaluation for sustainable and integrated water resource management. The online platform demonstrates the ability to link and converge other such portals and virtual resource centres into a one-stop centre for accessing water and sanitation information and knowledge.

Taking questions during the Question and Answer Session, the Knowledge Management and Information Sharing Officer, Mr Obinna Richfield Anah, who coordinated the development of the platform as part of his work to implement AMCOW’s Knowledge Management Strategy developed in 2017, likened the hub to Facebook where all the local, and foreign organizations working in the water, and sanitation sector in Africa will converge to brainstorm and exchange knowledge on issues affecting the sector.

The launch witnessed 109 attendees from AMCOW constituencies, Member States, the African Union, UNESCO, SIDA, WSSCC, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union Development Agency, Water Centres of Excellence (CoE), Universities and more. It also got an 85 per cent engagement in questions and comments, demonstrating a keen interest in Africans to enhance the exchange and access to information and knowledge.

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Programmes & Initiatives

AMCOW Pan-African Groundwater Program (APAGroP)

APAGroP was formally launched and operationalized through two AMCOW-led multi-stakeholder workshops – in Nairobi, Kenya (October 2019) and Kampala, Uganda (February 2020).