IHE Delft was well represented at the AFWA Congress 2020 in Kampala which was attended by more than 2,500 participants from over 100 countries. The Managing Director of NWSC, Dr Eng. Silver Mugisha, who is also is the current Vice President of AfWA for the Eastern Region is the Congress President and an alumnus of IHE Delft. The overall theme was “Breaking new grounds to accelerate access to safe water and sanitation for all in Africa”. This theme is particularly relevant to the water and sanitation sector in Africa, as most of the African countries are now faced with immense water and sanitation challenges and the need to share ideas and resources and collaborate to find solutions has never been more urgent.
In addition to an exhibition booth, shared with partner VEI, the Rector and a number of staff members gave presentations and ran sessions and a large alumni gathering took place.
Rector, Eddy Moors gave a keynote speech entitled Implementing Innovation through Capacity Development during which he invited delegates to join the forthcoming IHE Delft Capacity Development seminar 27-29 May. He said it will be an opportunity to gather ideas on best practice to help transform implementation into a more scientific process, for greater innovation and more effective implementation.
After his speech, the Rector joined Dr Eng. Silver Mugisha, as MD of NWSC Edith Kateete to sign a joint agreement whereby NWSC will co-fund a number of fellowships for staff members to pursue an MSc in Sanitation (non-sewered) at IHE Delft. The development of this programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which also provides a number of fellowships.
The AfWA congress was attended by a large number of IHE Delft alumni. As a tradition, in all big events where IHE Delft is present, an alumni gathering is organized to strengthen the connectivity among alumni and between them and the Institute. More than 100 alumni from Uganda and the region (Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) attended this time. Prof. Eddy Moors, Rector of IHE Delft, gave the words of welcome, inviting alumni to strengthen their groups in each country as well as to stay always connected. Alumni from Uganda, including Dr. Frank Kasiime, Dr. Callist Tindimugaya and Dr. Rose Kaggwa welcomed the audience with inspiring words and anecdotes about their time in Delft.
IHE Delft is very proud of the large number of alumni working in the water sector in Uganda, many of them in important positions at different organizations. It was a great time to meet and greet old friends and IHE Staff members, as well as to strengthen connectivity among all attendees.
Rose Kaggwa, Director Business and Scientific Services, NWSC left the alumni with an important message: “Many of us are becoming seniors, so it is very important to find and educate the professionals who will follow us.”