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BEWOP: Water Operators’ Capacity Development Initiative in Uganda

Uganda WOPThe ‘Water Asset Management for Small Towns in Uganda with special focus on Post-Conflict Northern Region’ initiative is a capacity development programme running from 2012 to 2016. One of the key goals of this action is to develop the local operators’ Asset Management capacity in 10 small towns in Uganda through WOPs.

This initiative combines knowledge transfer of a national operator and an international operator to smaller operators in the country of the national operator, and is an example of South-South and North-South collaboration all in one.

Development of asset registers and network maps in the towns, trained personnel in plumbing and electro mechanics, greater awareness at regional level organizations and an overall appreciation of asset management are some of the key outcomes of this initiative to date.  

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GWOPA actively contributes to 2015 World Water Forum preparation

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The World Water Forum, held every three years, mobilizes the global water community to find creative, innovate, and collaborate solutions to water challenges. The Forum attracts policy and decision makers from all regions who take this opportunity to come together and address the challenges of both today and tomorrow. To this end, GWOPA is playing an active role in both the preparatory processes and the event itself. 

Given that 2015 Forum will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, this event will be furthermore pertinent as the GWOPA network begins preparation towards the 3rd Global WOPs Congress taking place in Barcelona in September 16-18 and focussing specifically on the role of utilities in the SDGs.

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Eau Non-Facturee : La Societe de Distribution d’eau de Cote D’ivoire apporte son appui à la Camerounaise des Eaux.

WOP-Africa DecemberUne délégation de cadres de la Camerounaise Des Eaux a effectué, du 7 au 14 décembre 2014, un séjour de formation à la SODECI pour la mise en œuvre du Plan d’Amélioration des Performances de leur société. Suite à cette visite, une équipe d’experts de la Société de Distribution d’Eau de Côte d’Ivoire effectue, depuis le 14 décembre 2014, une mission au Cameroun, pour assurer le suivi de la mise en œuvre du plan d’action de sectorisation du quartier de Bonaberi qui compte 30% de perte d’eau sur le système de distribution d’eau de la ville de Douala.

Le partenariat entre la SODECI et la Camerounaise Des Eaux (CDE), signé en février 2014 à Abidjan, en marge du 17ème congrès de l’Association Africaine de l’Eau, a déjà donné lieu à plusieurs missions diagnostic et benchmarking entreprises de part et d’autre, pour la mise en œuvre du Plan d’Amélioration des Performances (PAP) de la CDE en vue de la réduction des pertes liées à l’Eau Non Facturée.

Season's Greetings from GWOPA

seasons greetingsAs the New Year approaches, we would like to extend our thanks to all of you for making 2014 another special year for us at the GWOPA Secretariat.  

In 2014, we actively participated in numerous international and regional events, including the World Urban Forum 7, the Istanbul International Water Forum, and Stockholm World Water Week to advocate for WOPs and GWOPA. 2014 was also an important year as we participated in preparations towards the 7th World Water Forum taking place in April 2015 in Korea, and have been active in the political, thematic, and regional processes. Within the political process, our involvement at local and regional authorities level has led to new partnerships with international local authorities networks, such as ICLEI and UCLG.  

Throughout the year, GWOPA provided operational support to a large number of new and existing WOPs across the globe, in Africa through the fruitful OFID project, and in South America with the support of the newly created National Platforms, to new a few. Important developments were also made in the area of knowledge management through the BEWOP initiative, including the first steps in the development of manuals for various technical areas of water and sanitation utilities as well as compilations of WOPs case studies and fact sheets.  

2015 will be an important year for the entire international development sector in light of the Sustainable Development Goals, for GWOPA this year will be furthermore pertinent as we will organize the 3rd Global WOPs Congress in September 16-18, in our host city of Barcelona.  

Thank you again for working together with us to make all this progress happen. We wish all of you and your families a very happy and successful New Year and look forward to continuing working with you all in 2015.  

Caribbean WOP: SICSM Martinique and WASCO Saint Lucia

Signature MartiniqueThe Framework of Cooperation for the WOP between the Syndicat Intercommunal du Centre et du Sud de la Martinique (SICSM) and the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) of Saint Lucia was signed on 3 December 2014 in Riviere Salee, Martinique. The FoC was signed by H.E. Dr. James Fletcher, Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology of Saint Lucia and the President of SICSM of Martinique as well as representatives from the European Union (donor), AFD and GWOPA/UN-Habitat.

This WOP consists of a comprehensive and coordinated programme of capacity development to support the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) in Saint Lucia with specific objectives such as: acquiring the necessary methodology and tools to develop a master plan for water and sanitation; the improvement of the asset management through diagnostic, inventory and assessment; and the preparation of guidelines and orientations for a risk management plan including disaster preparedness, crisis management and resilience.

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