The International Center for Water Economics and Governance in Africa (IWEGA) was established in May 2009 at the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo in Mozambique. Its mission is to enhance the capacity of African researchers to conduct water economics and governance inquiry of relevance to African problems and increase the awareness of environmental and economic managers and policy makers about the role of water economics and governance for sustainable development.
IWEGA evolved from a concept note developed by a consortium of three research and training institutions: The University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) at the University of Pretoria, and the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) – UMR G Eau.
IWEGA receives core funding from the Government of Mozambique, through the UEM, and from CIRAD. Seed funding is provided by the South African Department of Water Affairs (DWA).
IWEGA strives to achieve and provide:
- Specialized high quality degree and non-degree training and excellence in research in the field of water economics and governance;
- Increased awareness among water managers, planners and policy makers in public and private sectors about the role of water economics and governance in the design and implementation of policies for sustainable water resource use and development; and
- Increased collaboration and exchange of experiences for cross-fertilization, augmentation of capacity and reduced professional isolation of peer academics in regional universities.
IWEGA contributes through courses and students’ supervision to the WaterNet Regional Masters Programme in IWRM.
Non Degree Training:
Non-degree training forms a very important component of the training activities at IWEGA. A first workshop was held in Maputo in November 2009 and was attended by Mozambican national decision-makers. A second workshop will take place in Pretoria in May 2010 and will be organized in collaboration with the “Learning Academy” of the South African Department of Water Affairs. It is foreseen that one to two training workshops per year will be held in each country of the SADC region.
IWEGA conducts high level research that is policy relevant. Applied research is conducted at IWEGA in the following areas of priority strategic importance to water resource management in Africa: water allocation among different and conflicting sectors, water quality issues, catchment and transboundary water management, decision-support tools and participatory approaches for water management and governance, valuation of water services, climate change consequences for water availability and uses, institutional aspects of water governance, decentralization of water management and governance.
African and international fellows work in collaboration with IWEGA permanent staff to formulate and conduct research projects at the Centre.
Three research projects are currently underway at IWEGA and other projects are under formulation in collaboration with African, European, American and Australian partners.
Support in policy making in the field of water economics and governance:
The main product in this field is represented by policy briefs translated in the three official languages of SADC and made available starting from 2010 to decision- and policy makers in hard copies format as well as electronic format sent by email. These can also be downloaded from the IWEGA Web Page
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