The NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence (NEPAD Water Initiative) is formed by centres of research which meet the requirements as described in the NEPAD Water Initiative guide.
The specific goals are to:
- Improve conservation and the use of the continent’s water resources,
- Improve the quality and the quantity of water available to rural and urban households,
- Strengthen national and regional capacities towards water resources management and to reduce impacts of water related disasters, and
- Enlarge the range of technologies for water supply and to improve access to affordable quality water.
The objectives are:
The research work that is undertaken is focused on the creation and development of new knowledge and technology.
Education and training:
Human resources must be, at least, developed through Masters and Doctoral degree programmes, postdoctoral support, internship programmes, support for students to study abroad and joint ventures in student training (between higher education institutions involved with the NEPAD Water CoE Consortium or otherwise).
The NEPAD Water CoE Consortium must actively collaborate with locally and internationally based individuals, groups and institutions that are reputable and knowledgeable in the research field. Equally the NEPAD Water CoE Consortium must negotiate and help realise national, regional, continental and international partnerships.
The knowledge held by the NEPAD Water CoE Consortium of the research field should be made accessible by promoting knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer activities. To this end, the NEPAD Water CoE Consortium must maintain contemporary knowledge in suitable databases and offer to interpret it for the benefit of appropriate users.
The NEPAD Water CoE Consortium provides information, analysis, policy and other services, including informed and reliable advice, to government, business, and civil society.