The GWP-Cmr Taskforce for project development in action
Within the framework of the implementation of the recommendations of the last GWP Cameroon Council of Partners’ meeting of March 18 2016, one of them, focused upon “improving the partners policy for better involvement in the life of the network and project development, the Taskforce for project development held its first meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroun, on May 19, 2016.
Upon invitation of its chair, Prof Mathias Fonteh, GWP-Cameroon (GWP-Cmr) Secretariat organized The Taskforce meeting. It was contextualized on improving financial sustainability by reviewing the project ideas submitted by participants during the last Council of Partners meeting and prioritizing the project ideas so that three projects ideas could be retained to be fully developed and submitted for funding.
During this meeting, the members of the Taskforce agreed on the criteria for the prioritization of projects to be fully developed, reviewed funding opportunities and the associated strategic partners in Cameroon, defined the criteria for the prioritization of projects to be fully developed, and again they proposed the next steps in the development of fundable projects which will be the recruitment of a consultant for the development of retained projects ideas.
“We are gathered here to look at the 17 climate resilience and water security project ideas which had been submitted by partners; then select at least three projects ideas and develop a project form for each of them” said Prof Mathias Fonteh, the Taskforce Chair, in his opening remarks.
According to him the reason of this meeting was “to render the Country Water Partnership (CWP) more autonomous financially to ensure its sustainability”. And the way to do so, “is to develop projects that can be funded to get resources for the secretariat to function”.
After great discussions, in order to regroup similar project ideas related to the following thematic: Food and water security, climate resilience and water security thematic, three project ideas had come out, and were formulated as follows:
Water Supply for Domestic and Agricultural Purposes
Adaptation of Local Communities to Climate Change
Capacity Building of Actors on Climate Resilient Development.
Thus, GWP-Cmr intended to develop fundable projects to raise fund to supplement the limited resources received from GWP network.