Regional Stakeholders Input into Draft ANBO Strategy and Action Plan

The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa, on behalf of the Strengthening Institutions for Transboundary Waters Resources Management in Africa (SITWA) project held a regional consultation for about 20 participants to ensure regional stakeholder input into the draft 10-year strategy and a detailed 5-year action plan of the African Network of Basin Organizations (ANBO) was held on 30th and 31st July, 2014 at the Gaborone Sun hotel in Gaborone, Botswana.

The precise objective of the regional consultations was to provide inputs for the preparation of the detailed 5-year Action Plan (2015-2020) in the following strategic areas:

• strengthening the institutional, resources mobilization, technical and knowledge

sharing capacity of ANBO;

• strengthening the institutional basis of Basin Organizations;

• strengthening the planning, resources mobilization, and implementation capacity of

the Basin Organizations;

• strengthening the data, information and knowledge management capacity of the

Basin Organizations.

ANBO was created to meet a need for coordination and enhanced cooperation between African organizations involved in water resources management of rivers, lakes basins and aquifers and aims to consolidate as a single representative body, according to the guidelines set by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW). It is against this background that the European Union decided to sponsor a project for Strengthening Institutions for Transboundary Waters Resources Management in Africa (SITWA). The SITWA Inception Phase, conducted during 2013, resulted in the SITWA Inception Report, which recommended the preparation of a 10-year strategy and 5-year detailed action plan for the ANBO. A consultant was thus appointed to support the formulation of this strategy and action plan to be submitted to the General Assembly of ANBO by November 2014. A first draft of the strategic framework (vision, mission, objectives) was discussed during the ANBO Coordination Bureau Meeting in Abuja on 16 April 2014 and a second draft was discussed during the SITWA Steering Committee Meeting in Dakar on 29 May 2014.