Water science and capacity development: Empowering people to leave no one behind

Empowering people to help themselves and others achieve fair and sustainable prosperity in Africa

In Africa, multiple demands coupled with large human capacity gaps prevent equitable access to the supply and the sustainable management of water resources. Optimal solutions are to be developed by reinforcing local resources rather than using external expertise. This remains a challenge for many African institutions. This session aims to identify constraints, bringing knowledge, solutions and case studies on how to fill capacity gaps in the sector. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre and UNESCO are engaged with the African Network of Centers of Excellence on Water Sciences to push research, advisory and advocacy support using local resources in medium- to long-term efforts to strengthen and coherently develop Africa's water sector.

Organised by


Ole Houmøller
European Commission - DG Joint Research Center
Abdellatif Zerga
Director of Institute
Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences, inclduing Climate Change
Joanna Fatch
Project Manager
AU/NEPAD Southern African Network for Water Centres of Excellence
Canisius Kanangire
Executive Secretary
African Ministers' Council on Water
Ivan Davor Kulis
Head of Unit
Claudio Bacigalupi
Head of Water and Sanitation sector
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Murray Biedler
Programme Coordination
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)