AWaRMN Launch

African Water Resources Mobility Network (AWaRMN) Project Launch

The African Water Resources Mobility launch is scheduled for 20th October 2021 via Zoom.

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The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the European Union supports student and staff mobility in Africa. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance human capital development in Africa, while strengthening intra-African cooperation in higher education as called for by the Agenda 2063. Achieving sustainable development, and inclusive growth within Africa would largely be undermined if its water resources are not sustainably managed, utilised, protected, and governed. The continent is facing multiple water-related challenges, including declining water quantity and quality, inadequate governance and institutional structures, declining monitoring networks, increasing resource use in the face of a growing human population, and increasing resource variability associated with future changing climates. As the region strives toward improving political, economic and social stability, the importance of secure water supplies will assume increasing significance. If this is neglected, a potential for conflict exists:

1. within and between communities through a lack of water- and sanitation-related access and services,

2. between countries through a lack of agreement on transboundary sharing of water resources and most importantly, and

3. between societal constituencies through perceived non-inclusive and equitable sharing of water resources (distributive justice).

The African Water Resource Mobility Network (AWaRMN), a project of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the European Union, is set up to address the pressing water-related needs on the African continent. Addressing these pressing needs is achieved through:

1. transdisciplinary, socially-engaged training embedded in existing programmes within partner institutions, ensuring an increase in the number of highly qualified and competent graduates (MSc and PhD) in the field of water resources in Africa;

2. developing and harmonising programmes and curricula, with a particular emphasis on disciplinary excellence and transdisciplinary capability;

3. building and sustaining teaching and research capabilities among partner institutions; 4. designing and implementing research programmes based on collaboration and cooperation during, and beyond, the AWARMN funding;

5. facilitating student and staff mobility to promote multiculturalism and internationalisation among African institutions of higher learning;

6. contributing to innovation and water technologies that advance social-economic development of Africa and;

7. addressing the professional career development and employability of graduates by creating a direct interface between AWARMN and industry partners.

AWaRMN is funded by the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the European Union (


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