Training on Water Governance and International Water Law (IWL) for improved transboundary water management in Africa


The African continent has the highest number of transboundary river basins and aquifers that collectively cover more than 64% of Africa’s surface area and contain just over 93% of its surface water resources. These rivers are shared between two or more countries. While a common water resource is a potential source of conflict, it also has tremendous potential for cooperation as a drive.

As water scarcity intensifies, so does the reliance of countries on transboundary water resources which increase interdependencies between or among riparian states. In many cases, countries need to cooperate to manage floods or droughts. However, effective and coordinated management of transboundary water resources and effective cooperation across borders are among the major challenges that national governments in Africa, regional bodies and organisations face. It is therefore essential to provide tools that will enable transboundary water resources to be managed efficiently, sustainably and equitably. This entails an understanding of the shared benefits resulting from sound water management and the establishment of collaborative governance mechanisms
between and among concerned countries.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Network for
Basin Organizations (ANBO) have developed specific skills on transboundary water in order to assist countries and basin organizations develop effective management of shared water resources in Africa. Makerere University (Uganda) conducts research and is specialised in international water law. The university cooperates with governments as well as basin organizations to train staff and strengthen capacities. As a neutral platform, Global Water Partnership (GWP) facilitates capacity development and collaboration to build synergies among various stakeholders on integrated approaches to better water resources management.


Submit your application form, available to download from GWP’s homepage, along with the following:
transcript of university courses with grades, and copy of diploma a full CV and the contact information of two referees letter of motivation (description of past and current work as well as your suitability for the program)
2 letters of recommendation; one from one of the above stated institutions and another from your work place.
Please email the documents in Word or PDF to Mr. Kenge James Gunya at, from whom further information on the Training programme can be obtained. Applications will be accepted from 4 January to 20 February 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.
Successful candidates will be notified by mid-March 2017. Participants who successfully complete the Regional Training will receive a Certificate of Attendance ratified by Course Organisers.

IWL Training Annoucement 2017