A facilitated workshop was held on 26 September 2017, at Beshale Hotel in Addis Ababa, to develop the national response. The workshop was attended by 23 participants that provided a strong representation of all major water sector actors and stakeholders.
The meeting started by a welcoming remark by the Secretary of the Ethiopian Water partnership and the Deputy Director of Water and Land Resource Centre of Addis Ababa University. He outlined the suggested program for the consultation workshop. He presented the activities of the Ethiopian Water Partnership as well as regional and global initiatives and the rationale why EthWP was selected to coordinate this consultation workshop. He also briefed the participants on the selection process involved in identifying the participants saying that it was done in consultation with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electrify (MoWIE) through the Chair of the Ethiopia Water Partnership.
The welcoming remark was followed by an opening speech by Mr. Abiti Getaneh, the Director of Research and Development Directorate of the MoWIE. Mr Getaneh outlined the Ministry’s achievements in implementation of MDGs, and stressed the commitment to achieving the SDGs in the context of Ethiopia’s five-year development plans (Growth and Transformation Plans, GTPs). He concluded his remarks by encouraging the participants to actively contribute to the discussions as the process was useful for establishing the baseline for the SDG 6.5.1.
A three-step process was used to generate the final consensus-based rating of status of implementation of IWRM in the country. In the first step, the facilitators and participants discussed each question and a common understanding of the questionnaire was established. In the second step, hard copies of the questionnaire were filled by participants individually. In the third step, the participants worked in a plenary session to discuss and reach consensus on scores for each of the questions, the facilitators providing the facilitation support.