Refresher Course Modern Asset Management for Ensuring Sustainability of Investments in the Water and Agricultural Sectors (MAMESIWAS)

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For whom?

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Asian countries.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 09 October 2020
End: 15 October 2020
Deadline IHE application: 31 July 2020 - 23.59 (CET)

VAT is not included in the course fee

Important: The course date could be postponed. It will be confirmed following covid-19 developments
Location: Sri Lanka
Coordinators: Dr. Assela Pathirana & Prof. Rosh Ranasinghe 
Counterpart: Ministry of Urban Development Water Supply and Housing Facilities
Open to: Alumni from Asia



Water systems in the developing world are often not equipped to formulate sound maintenance plans, backed by state-of-the-art knowledge and tools. This lack of capacity renders the enormous investments on water infrastructure, mobilized by, among other initiatives, the SDGs, to be unsustainable. Asset management is an essential component in the maintenance and improvement of services in water systems including utilities, irrigation systems and flood protection and water management infrastructure.

Asset Management requires the identification of most critical components of networks, life-cycle cost analysis and minimizing negative impacts of (inevitable) failures. This approach is vitally important for the urban centres of the South, as performance demands to increase with the population at a phenomenal rate. This course exposes you to the principles and the state-of-the-art practise of Asset Management.



The objective is to reorient the thought process of asset management practitioners from conservative engineering and economic perspective towards an inclusive, multi-valued, Sustainable development goals (SDGs) perspective.  This is essential in emerging economies to streamline the investments on water infrastructure to accomplish SDGs comprising: addressing development needs and future adaptation gaps; climate extremities; and, humanitarian crises such as refugee influx. Hence, this training recalibrates the current the water infrastructure asset management actions at strategic, tactical and operational level to achieve these multiple objectives by refreshing the asset management knowledge of alumni, who are spread across these three levels in agencies in the South Asian region.

In essence, we ask (and answer) the questions:

  • How we can do more with less?
  • How can we assure the sustainability of infrastructure beyond project implementation periods?
  • How can we manage infrastructure well in the contexts of severe resource constraints?
  • How can we be in control of investments we make in infrastructure and assure that they provide a good return over the long-term?


Target Audience

This Refresher Course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Asia. Academics, Government officials, NGO and UN staff members, Professionals with background in one of the following or related topics:

  • Agricultural
  • Engineering
  • Natural science and Natural Resource management
  • Water Management

Application Procedure

  • Click the button below ‘apply now for’.
  • Make an account using the email address known at IHE Delft or use your current account to log in.
  • Complete the application process and upload your CV and a copy of your passport
  • By selecting 'scholarship' in the question 'How do you intend to pay the costs of your study and other expenses?' you will automatically apply for an Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) fellowship, IHE Delft will handle this.
  • Submit your application. When pressing the 'Submit' button, your application will be sent to IHE Delft. You will not receive a confirmation of receipt. However, you can check the status of your application on your personal page. If the status is submitted or verified, it has been received.

After the application deadline, IHE Delft makes a selection of all eligible applicants. IHE Delft will inform the selected candidates by email. Approximately two months before the Refresher Course, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection.

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellowships

The Netherlands Government has provided full fellowships for a maximum of 20 participants available for each Refresher Course. Note that 50% of the total needs to be female alumni. These fellowships include:

  • Air travel (economy class) from the nearest international airport to the candidate’s home country to the Refresher course country and vice versa. Please note that travel costs made to reach the airport in your home country will not be reimbursed,
  • Transfer from the airport to hotel and vice versa in the country of the Refresher Course. No other travel costs are refunded,
  • Health insurance,
  • Accommodation, including meals, for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of 10 days in total, depending on the date of arrival in and departure from the hosting country,
  • Direct visa costs (related costs, such as travel costs to the Embassy or hotel stay are not refundable)

Fellowship Eligibility

You can apply for a fellowship if you meet the following criteria. You:

  • are a national of, and work and live in one of the current OKP Asian countries. Check the OKP country list on the following link
  • work for one of the following types of national and/or local organisations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs. (You may not work for: A bilateral or multilateral organisation; A non-governmental organisation that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights.)
  • must be in a position to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in practice.
  • graduated or completed a course funded by OKP, NFP or NICHE

Self Paying Participants

The course is open to a limited number of self-paying participants who are working in the area, or with background and/or experienced and  lived in neighbouring countries of the course. Since there are limited places, priority will be given for the professionals with a close link to the OKP requirements. The tuition fee of the course is Euro 250, to be paid in advance. This tuition fee covers registration, tuition, and field trip (if applicable). All other costs such as meals, hotel and travel costs are borne by the participant.
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