COWASH IV provided a four-day Training of Trainers Workshop in Tarcha town in South West Ethiopia People’s Region.

The Community-led Accelerated WASH Project, Phase IV (COWASH IV) provided a four-day training of  trainers (TOT) workshop in Tarcha town in South West Ethiopia People’s Regional State from October 2 to 5, 2023. The training aimed to build the skills of 22 trainers on gender and disability inclusion, women leadership in WASHCO management, WASH saving and loan association establishment for improved household latrine construction.Read more

Ethiopia Celebrates 2023 World Water Day with Focus on Accelerating Change to Solve Water and Sanitation Crisis

The 2023 World Water Day was celebrated in the meeting hall of the Ministry of Water and Energy with the theme of "Accelerating Change to Solve Water and Sanitation Crisis" in the presence of COWASH IV and other WASH partners.

His Excellency Ambassador Asfaw Dingamo, the State Minister of Water and Sanitation Sector in the Ministry of Water and Energy, opened the meeting with an official speech stating that when we celebrate World Water Day, we should think about the citizens who are having problems with water and sanitation both in the world and in our country, and focus on strategic issues that can solve our problems and looking for solutions.

His Excellency Ambassador Asfaw added that Ethiopia is conducting encouraging work to solve the problem of water and sanitation for its citizens, but the sector's high investment demand, high population growth, urbanization, climate change, and are obstacles to achieving the desired level.

Governmental and non-governmental organizations including UNICEF, Water Aid, Japan International Cooperation Agency, IRC WASH, Ethiopian Water Technology institute and others involved in the water and sanitation sector participated in the forum. Senior professionals representing a variey of organizations made presentations titled Water Resource Management Implementation in Ethiopia, Accelerating Water Supply and Sanitation in Ethiopia, Filling the Capacity Gap in Water Sector to Accelerate the Change and Accelerating Change through Partnership to meet SDG 6 which were widely discussed by the participants.

World Water Day has been celebrated since 1993 based on the decision of the United Nations to create global awareness on water and sanitation.

Collaborative Efforts for a Greener Future: FTAT COWASH Team Participates in National Green-Legacy Program in Barak Woreda

On 12 July 2022 members of the Federal COWASH Technical Assistance Team (FTAT) joined colleagues from the Ministry of Water and Energy and participated in the 4th National Green-Legacy Program.

Led by the Minister of Water and Energy HE. Dr. Engineer Habtamu Itefa, together with senior officials and employees of the Ministry, and in cooperation with the local community, more than 4,000 seedlings were planted in the hillsides of Barak Woreda, Bura Debebe Kebele.

The trees will support the fight against climate change, contribute to the protection of the downstream catchment and support economic development.

Climate change mitigation is core to the work of the COWASH team and we were very pleased to be involved in this event, especially as Barak woreda is one of the 30 supported by the COWASH project in Oromia Region.