The Chair of GP-WA, Prof. Amadou H. MAIGA and the Executive Secretary, Mr. Armand HOUANYE visited Senegal from 16 to 21 Novembre 2020 to support the Country Water Partnership (CWP) that is engaging new actions for a renewed dynamism. The chair of CWP Senegal, Dr. Adrien COLY invited the regional leadership to back the CWP in its efforts for consolidating the actions he has started with his team to strengthen the partnership, build new alliances and engage new fund-raising initiatives.
In December 2020, GWP welcomed six new members on its Steering Committee, adding to seven members who have served longer. The Committee acts as a Board of Directors for the GWP Network and the GWP Organisation (GWPO). The members rotate every three or six years. Now, for the first time, a Permanent Youth Seat has been added. Jamilla Sealy from Barbados is the new representative on this seat. “Being the first youth, and also being a female of African descent and from the Caribbean, which are often under-represented in the global sphere, makes it a humbling experience”, she says about her appointment.
The Country Water Partnership (CWP) of Senegal is willing to give the national platform a new dynamism. The CWP Chair, Dr. Adrien COLY with his team organized on 18 November 2020 in Dakar one day workshop for the mobilization of the Steering Committee and the Scientific Committee.
The first phase of the project TonFuturTonClimat (Your future your Climate) has ended with overall good outcomes in all the countries (Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo). A final meeting was held in Cotonou, Benin on 10 and 11 November 2020 to capitalize on the main outcomes of the pilot actions carried out and draw lessons learned.
The TonFuturTonClimat project is a response of GWP-WA and the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) to the November 2016 Call for Proposals of the International Climate Cooperation Program (PCCI) funded by the Government of Quebec and aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change (CC) in the most vulnerable French-speaking countries.
The NGO Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement (JVE) is advocating for the establishment of a real framework for consultation between the Ministry in charge of Water and civil society organizations involved in the sector.
GWP-WA chair, Prof. Amadou Hama MAIGA and Executive Secretary, M. Armand HOUANYE made a working visit in Niamey, Niger from 9 to 13 November 2020 to inform project stakeholders, exchange with partners on the priorities and next steps in the implementation of project, discuss potential synergies to be developed in the implementation of the project and other ongoing and future initiatives in Niger and the sub-region and develop a roadmap for the strengthening of the governance of the Country Water Partnership of Niger.