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Fact Finding Mission in Kenia – Elaboration of cooperation potentials in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) between Kenya Water Institute (KEWI), FiW e.V. and ISOE

On 20th August, Dr. Gesa Kutschera (FiW e.V.) and two colleagues from the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) travelled to Nairobi for a one week Fact Finding Mission. The aim of the mission was the elaboration of the TVET cooperation potentials in order to further develop existing solutions on water and wastewater and to further promote water re-use activities in the dry and water scarce areas of Kenya.

A core activity was a workshop with more than 30 participants from various institutions like KEWI, water service providers and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority. The workshop was facilitated by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nairobi (Kenya) and organized by FiW, ISOE and a delegation of the German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK Kenya). All partners contributed constructively to the discussions and several actions were defined on how to proceed in future collaboration. Also, a memorandum of understanding was signed by KEWI, FiW and ISOE.

Furthermore, many fruitful discussions with various institutions took place with respect to the aforementioned subject. As part of a very extensive agenda we visited the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) GmbH on Monday, where we discussed the ongoing water sector reform program.

On Wednesday, we were welcomed at the office of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nairobi. After lunch, we visited the Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF) and had the opportunity to learn about the UBSUP-program (Up-scaling Basic Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya). We also paid a visit to the German Financial Cooperation KfW Development Bank, the purpose of which was to learn more about the water sanitation and transport infrastructure program in Kenya.

On Thursday we took a trip to a water supply project site in a rural area to learn more about the Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Program (SACDEP-Kenya).

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