Inception workshop ANBO project held in Dakar


On 1-2 October 2018, the inception workshop for the ANBO project was organised in Hotel Fleur de Lys in Dakar, Senegal. IGRAC Researcher Arnaud Sterckx attended this workshop of the project ‘Strengthening the institutional capacity of African Network of Basin Organization (ANBO), contributing to the improved transboundary water governance in Africa’, which is the full project name. 

The workshop started with opening remarks from some of the main project partners. ANBO was represented by the President and the Permanent Secretary (and High Commissioner of OMVS). Other speeches were given by representatives of UNESCO and UNDP.

Arnaud Sterckx at inception workshop in Dakar
Arnaud Sterckx at inception workshop in Dakar

After this official opening, the objectives and methodology of the project were presented and discussed within the project team. Then, the team discussed all requirements defined by The GEF, which is the donor of the ANBO project. 

The remaining part of the workshop consisted of parallel sessions of working groups. All main findings from these parallel sessions were presented during the plenary closing session. 

About the ANBO Project

The ANBO project aims at strengthening the coordination and collaboration capacity of African Lake and River Basin Organizations (L/RBOs), Commissions and/or cooperative framework for transboundary groundwater management and their member states towards improved transboundary water governance in Africa through improved support by the African Network of Basin Organizations (ANBO).

It is structured around two main components:

  1. Strengthening ANBO’s institutional and technical capacity as a technical arm of the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW)
  2. Supporting the capacity building of Lake/ River basin organizations, Groundwater Commissions and RECs to foster transboundary cooperation