GWP Tanzania signs MoUs with University of Dar es Salaam, University of Leeds (water@leeds) and Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA)

Global Water Partnership Tanzania has been engaging various partners and stakeholders in the water sector at both national, regional and international level. Most of the engagement has been on research, developing and implementing joint projects as well as hosting events. Since 2016, GWP Tanzania made an effort to develop and institute collaborative frameworks with key institutions with the view to formalize working relationship. Such a structured approach has multiple benefits as has been realised with the signing of three MoUs in 2019.

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In 2019, GWP Tanzania signed an MoU with University of Dar es Salaam - the premier University in Tanzania. The MoU provides for a collaborative framework between the two institutions in the fronts of research, establishment of new programmes, exchange of information and publications as well as joint efforts in organization of national or international convening. Informal collaboration between GWP Tanzania and University of Dar es Salaam has been ongoing for a long time; starting way back in 2004 when the Country Water Partnership in Tanzania was established. By then, some dons from the University took the lead in providing advisory role as well as establishing the foundation of the CWP. In later years, after GWP Tanzania was registered as an NGO, members from the two institutions continued to collaborate informally in developing mutual projects including the ongoing IDRC funded CAWESDEA project. Thus, the MoU provides for a wide spectrum of engagement as well as an impetus to develop even more joint projects.

GWP Tanzania also signed an MoU with University of Leeds (water@leeds) after an impressive prior collaboration for close to one year. The water@leed is a research centre at the University of Leeds and one of the largest interdisciplinary water research institutes in the world. With expertise across the water cycle and across the disciplines from the sciences and engineering to the arts, water@leeds specialises in tackling global water challenges. Prior to signing the MoU, the Associate Director of water@leeds, Prof. Anna Mdee visited GWP Tanzania for mutual discussions on potential collaborative fronts and thereafter, the Executive Director of GWP Tanzania Dr. Victor Kongo visited and made a presentation at the University of Leeds during commemoration of 10th Anniversary of water@leeds.
The areas of collaboration include resource mobilization for joint projects, convening joint outreach and partnership events, undertaking joint capacity building initiatives in water sector and allied fields, undertaking joint research activities in water sector and allied fields as well as publication of scholarly articles in water sector and allied fields. The MoU will add more vigour to the ongoing collaborative efforts between the two institutions where more than five joint project proposals were developed and submitted between May and November 2019.

The Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) is a German international non-governmental and non-profit organisation, primarily funded by BMZ, with overall mission to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities and to keep the environment secure through the expansion of sanitation services in the areas of decentralised sanitation, wastewater treatment and solid waste disposal. BORDA has been at the forefront of pioneering innovative technologies on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS), Urban Sludge Treatment, Decentralized Solid Waste Management among others.