From 20-24 November 2017, CWP-Benin represented by Rachel ARAYE took part in the Sharing Skills Seminar organized by the VIA WATER programme in Ghana. This seminar was hosted by the ISGC (International Student Guest Centre) and attended by 26 innovative project leaders on water, sanitation and agriculture issues from seven (7) countries: Benin, Mali, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique and India.
Prof Amadou Hama Maiga has officially met with the staff of the regional secretariat on October 18 and 19 to exchange on ongoing matters. An opportunity for him to exchange deeply with the outgoing Executive Secretary Mr. Dam Mogbante and the incoming Mr. Armand Houyane who also came to Ouagadougou for that purpose.
GWP West Africa together with the West and Central Africa Programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN / PACO) and the Regional Partnership for the Conservation of Coastal and Marine area in West Africa (PRCM) gathered the winners of the water and environment journalism award. The action took place on 25 November 2017 as a side event at the PRCM regional Forum that held from 23 to 27 November in Conakry, Guinea.
Armand Houanye, new Executive Secretary of GWP WA with outing Dam MOGBANTE and IDMP project manager Félicité VODOUNHESSI met the Volta Basin Authority Executive Director with some of his staff at the VBA premises on October 18, 2017.
Nine Country Water Partnerships (CWP) are now accredited out of the thirteen in West Africa. At the end of September 2017, the Assembly of Partners of GWP West Africa recommended that Senegal and Ivory Coast CWPs make necessary steps to submit needed documents for their accreditation.
Prof. MAIGA has met with Mali Country Water Partnership (CWP) on October 12, 2017 and the discussions were focused on the necessity for CWP Mali to improve their management and comply with GWP partners’ policy.
Partners of the Guinea Country Water Partnership are actively for ways to reactivate the CWP. Following up on the recommendations of the regional Assembly of Partners of September 2017 inviting the CWP to meet criteria of accreditation and improve the internal governance of the network, the partners have organized two meetings to discuss ways and means to revitalize the CWP.
An International Training Programme on Integrated Water Resources Management (ITP/IWRM) carried out between 2005 and 2010 was funded by the Swedish cooperation to train about 150 West African professionals on IWRM. The training covered 6 successive promotions and was led by Ramboll-Natura (now NIRAS), SIWI and GWP-WA as co-organizer and "regional anchor" of the ITP IWRM courses.