In September 2019, GWP Tanzania convened a stakeholder’s inception and training workshop for the 3-year IDRC funded project titled Building Capacity in Water Engineering for Addressing Sustainable Development Goals in East Africa (CAWESDEA). In early 2018, GWP Tanzania a successfully led an effort of developing and submitting a project proposal, with other partners, to IDRC in response to a global call on the programme titled Strengthening Engineering Ecosystem in sub-Saharan Africa.
The other partners are Department of Water Resources Engineering (University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania); Department of Civil Engineering and Environment (Makerere University in Uganda); and Department of Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering (Moi University in Kenya). The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of engineers, in the water sector, in East Africa by enhancing their competency and employability in order to effectively meet the societal and developmental needs, focusing on gender parity in the profession.
During the inception and training workshop that was held 18-20 September 2019 in Dar es Salaam, stakeholders were briefed on the outcome of a situation analysis exercise that was carried out in all the three target countries. The analysis was carried out with the view to get an in-depth understanding on the key areas of intervention as a basis for implementation an internship programme targeting fresh engineering graduates from the three countries. The interns, seven from each country, as well as other key stakeholders in the engineering ecosystem were also trained on Problem Based Learning (PBL) approaches.