GWP Tanzania has continued to collaborate with the Ministry of Water of which, since 2016, formalized working relationship through a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU clearly spells out various areas of collaboration including hosting of national and international events. It is on this premise that in 2019, the Ministry of Water requested Global Water Partnership to continue to convene a national scientific conference on water on its behalf. The inaugural conference was held 18-19 March 2019 in Dodoma.
The national conference, to be held annually during the Water Week Celebrations, has been christened Maji (water) Week Scientific conference and was conceived as a platform for sharing new knowledge, insights and experience for research undertaken in Tanzania or elsewhere on water. The rational for initiating the national conference was the fact that most of the researchers and practitioners in the water sector in Tanzania have often presented their work in regional and global forums with minimal sharing of the same within the country. Thus, the Maji Week Scientific Conference was established to fill the gap - by providing a national platform where all the research undertaken in Tanzania and beyond on water will continue to be shared for the benefit of adoption and upscaling of some of the innovative ideas and insights in the water sector development processes.
The Maji Week Scientific Conference is a flagship event for the Ministry of Water where the Triple Helix Concept on knowledge sharing, learning and interaction between three main actors in the water sector is fully realised. The three main actors are (i) Policy makers (ii) Researchers and (iii) Practitioners. The 2020 Maji Week Scientific Conference will be held 17-18 March 2020 at the Julius Nyerere Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam where more than 500 participants are expected to attend; from within and outside Tanzania.
The discussions also bordered on setting targets in Water Resource Management, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Water Quality Management, Water Governance and water related disasters.