In 2013 the Dutch Water Authorities have signed a long term Water Partnership Agreement with the Awash River Basin Authority (AwBA) and Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) in Ethiopia. Under the wings of this agreement Dutch water governance experts have worked with the Ethiopian partners to build their capacity in Water Governance.
The Awash River runs for over 1.200kms through Ethiopia. The pressure on this water resource is enormous and this is posing a risk for stability in the region. The rules and regulations are insufficient to manage the water in such a way that the risk of conflict is minimised. The issues at stake are complex and the resources and knowledge to tackle them are limited.
AwBA has expressed interest to use the instrument of a Water Agreement to manage some of the outstanding issues with other government institutions and water users.
We have been approached by the Dutch Water Authorities to lead a team that will bring about the first ever Water Agreement in Ethiopia. With a small team from the Netherlands we will coach local government officials to design and implement a process that will lead to a concrete and practical water agreement.
From a point of social responsibility the management of AT Osborne has decided to honour this request and expressed its ambition to invest some of our capacity to this cause.