CIWA Quarterly Bulletin
Welcome to CIWA’s Quarterly BULLETIN!
We are pleased to share the eighth quarterly edition of the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa Program (CIWA) Bulletin.
The UN Water Conference in New York City just ended and the CIWA Team was honored to be part of events on managing river basins; reinforcing the fact that cooperative transboundary water management is key to economic development and growth to achieve key public goods, climate resilience, biodiversity and conflict prevention.
We would like to extend our thanks to our partners, donors, and colleagues that help advance the work supported by the CIWA program!
Anders Jägerskog and Ai-Ju Huang
CIWA Program Managers
UN 2023 WATER CONFERENCE: THE WORLD BANK AND CIWA WITH A SHARED VISION FOR WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
What’s making a splash
FOR A MORE GENDER EQUAL WORLD IN TRANSBOUNDARY WATER MANAGEMENT
Across Sub-Saharan Africa, socially defined gender roles regarding water use, access, and management, and how to shift them to enable more equitable outcomes for women and other vulnerable populations, is the topic this blog examines in light of International Women’s Day 2023.
REFLECTIONS ON CIWA’S INTEGRATION OF A SOCIAL INCLUSION PERSPECTIVE
CIWA seeks to promote a broad-based understanding of social inclusion across all levels and sectors of the projects that it supports. The World Bank positions social inclusion as creating opportunities for all people while addressing deep-rooted systemic inequalities.
A TRANSFORMATIVE APPROACH FOR THE NILE BASIN: HOW CIWA LEAVES ITS MARK
CIWA grew out of the progress made by the Nile Basin Trust Fund in water resources management and development in the Nile River Basin. Discover how today the Fund is enhancing the region’s resilience to worsening climate change and water insecurity, and more.
WATER SECURITY IS THE WAY OUT OF THE CONFLICT-CLIMATE RISK TRAP IN LAKE CHAD BASIN
CIWA is working to improve water resources management by identifying investments and policy actions, and addressing knowledge and capacity gaps. As such, it is conducting a Water Security Assessment in Lake Chad basin as the first step toward developing a transformative water security framework for addressing the region’s challenges.
ENTRO INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: LISTEN TO NCCR'S ALUMNI
As part of the Nile Cooperation for Climate Resilience (NCCR) project, the ENTRO internship program has run application cycles for two batches of interns from 2021 – 2022 each with their own primary focus. The most recent batch of interns (March-June 2022) focused primarily on the theme of Transboundary Water Cooperation. Listen to their stories.
APPLYING A GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION LENS TO THE TRANSBOUNDARY WATER CONTEXT
This Learning Note highlights key lessons and best practices related to the integration of a social inclusion perspective into CIWA’s work. The Learning Note draws upon CIWA’s own approach and experience undertaking GESI analysis by documenting specific steps that were taken at the project development phase of transboundary water projects.
What’s new in transboundary waters cooperation
Africa’s longest river - The Nile - is under threat. It's essential for millions of people, including in Sudan. But it could vanish due to factors including rising sea levels resulting in saltwater intrusion downstream. Global warming and misuse of the water source by humans are also causing concern for its future.
Niger announced on Thursday that it will join the United Nations Water Convention, as neighboring Cameroon and Chad have already done. Nigeria is also expected to join as part of collective efforts to advance the sustainable management of the Lake Chad basin, which is shared by four African countries.
A new podcast from the World Bank Group: People First Podcast. This podcast puts a human face to the development topics relevant to people living in Western and Central Africa, and on the contribution of the World Bank. People First Podcast, for sustainable and inclusive development! People First Podcast, pour un développement durable et inclusif !
In February 2023, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in partnership with the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) and the Regional Rusumo Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) conducted an experiential tour of this flagship regional hydropower infrastructure project that is located at Rusumo Falls at the border of Tanzania and Rwanda on River Kagera.
A book just published by UNESCO entitled: 'River Culture: Life as a Dance to the Rhythm of the Waters', presents 28 case studies and several reviews which show how differently humans and non-human organisms have adapted to the rhythms of natural flooding and periods of drought.
Nile Day 2023 theme is a timely reminder to Basin citizens on the common climate change-related challenges we are facing and emphasizes the need to embrace Nile cooperation as a crucial mechanism for sustainable utilization of the Nile waters and protecting the environment.
The Nile Basin Discourse Summit was launched in November 2017, and the NBDS is expected to reach constructive decisions for vertical information to policy making and grassroots communities in addition to arriving at horizontal information on the trans-boundary element. Have a watch at this new video presenting NBDS.
Groundwater is a wonderful resource – naturally climate resilient, of general good quality and widely distributed throughout most countries. However, it needs to be managed and protected to ensure its benefits to be enjoyed equitably, and for generations to come. Read this "tale of two groundwaters".
CIWA RELEASES ITS SOCIAL INCLUSION TOOL KIT
CIWA has developed a tool kit specifically targeted to social development and related experts working to provide technical expertise on the development and implementation of CIWA programming at the institutional and project level. Working together with CIWA teams, it provides significant detail to assist experts to understand the critical steps they can take to facilitate the integration of social inclusion considerations throughout the project cycle. Discover this tool kit on the CIWA website.
CIWA’s social media engagement
💧 Water— WBG Environment (@WBG_Environment) February 22, 2023
Insecurity is exacerbated by #ClimateChange 🌡️ around the world 🌍 but especially in the #Nile basin. Isaac Alukwe works with @ciwaprogram @NelsapCu to address the region's underlying issue of #WaterSecurity. https://t.co/4eX9v2bAQc #NileMonth #NileDay pic.twitter.com/SVRh298Ha0
Informative #UN2023WaterConference panel on the creation of a 'Global Facility for #Transboundary Waters Cooperation' 💧🌍— Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (@ciwaprogram) March 24, 2023
This global facility will bring technical #knowledge,
partnerships, access to centers of excellence & new instruments for #cooperation 🏾🏽#WaterAction pic.twitter.com/GPfYqAg7x1
.@ciwaprogram’s recognition of accomplished women ♀️ working in water 💧 for #IWD2023 continues!— World Bank Water (@WorldBankWater) March 9, 2023
Introducing #Zambian 🇿🇲 #hydrogeologist Beatrice Kanyamuna-Pole & her fascinating career in #groundwater mapping & wellfield development👉🏾 https://t.co/dBDyHXXzC8#WaterSheroes pic.twitter.com/BJ1Bj2tUhi
CIWA, a multi-donor partnership, continues to support riparian governments in West, East, Central, and Southern Africa and their path toward more sustainable, data-driven, community-focused, and collaborative management of transboundary waters.
A special thank you to our editorial team, partners, reviewers and authors. Photo Credits: Shutterstock and Unsplash Images, World Bank/ Flickr