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NEPAD African Water Centres of Excellence in Western and Southern Africa

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The European Commission with an innovative approach supports the Nepad Centres of Excellence in water fostering the south to south cooperation and supporting them as the key knowledge actors for the development of the water sector.

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“Development of IWRM Performance Indicators for African Transboundary Basins management” (KPI project)

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In Africa as everywhere else, the water crisis is first and foremost a “crisis of governance”. Hence, it is crucial to improve water management tools, and performance indicators can play a significant role in this respect. This project was precisely aimed at developing and adapting performance indicators for the management of African transboundary waters.  Identification of indicators that are relevant and applicable (meaning pragmatic, not being time-consuming, and in line with local realities) was indeed one of the main objective of the project. The project also include the publication of an handbook which aim is to assist technical experts and representatives of basin organisations in their use of the Governance and Technical Indicators developed and applied in the context of the project. It provides information on the role of the indicators, a glossary of the governance and technical indicators. The Handbook also proposes instructions on how to gather and analyse indicator data and how to provide reports on the indicators, as well as how to use them for communication with stakeholders. In a few words, it translates IWRM and indicator concepts into lay language, allowing readers to understand how the performance indicators developed in this project are used, the implications of their use for transboundary IWRM, and the process of developing the indicators within this project.

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Case study on the KPI project (Key Performance Indicators): Development of IWRM Performance Indicators for African Transboundary Basins management

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Performance indicators can play a significant role in improving water management tools and water governance. 

This project is precisely aimed at developing and adapting performance indicators for the management of African transboundary waters.

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ECOWAS initiatives for the sound development of dams

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In Africa and West Africa in particular, there is a need of large hydraulic infrastructures for the development of irrigation, access to energy and more broadly the general improvement of incomes and way of life. Such infrastructures are crucial for economic development and integration of the region. However, they can also be destructive if their realization doesn’t take into account environmental and social aspects, and if it is made without concertation through transboundary basin organization in order not to jeopardize upstream/downstream relationship.

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AF1. Develop and implement sanitation and water plans to bring back on track the neglected areas including post conflict countries, informal settlements and slums, rural communities, and small towns by 2015.

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AF1. Develop and implement sanitation and water plans to bring back on track the neglected areas including post conflict countries, informal settlements and slums, rural communities, and small towns by 2015.

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Yield intensification through integrating WUAs/IMT and IAS

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Creating and empowering water-user associations (WUAs) to help farmers manage water at the on-farm and inter-farm levels, combined with developing an irrigation-advisory service (IAS) initiated/funded by the water ministry but integrated/cooperating with the WUAs (and preferably, as done in Uzbekistan, housed in the same WUA unit building).
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