Water Governance Program Awash River Basin

Setting up a water governance program in Ethiopia

Posted on 12 June 2014


The Dutch Water Authorities and Water Governance Centre (WGC), together with the Ethiopian Awash Basin Authority (AwBA) and Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE), are involved in the execution of a project of setting up a water governance program in the Awash river basin, Central Ethiopia. Within the project Dutch and Ethiopian water partners work together to establish a framework for good water governance and effective implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the basin. 

The Water Governance Program is divided in four steps:

  • phase 1: inventory (completed).
  • phase 2: assessment, definition and training.
  • phase 3: set up of the draft Water Governance Program.
  • phase 4: decision making on the Water Governance Program.


Lessons learned
The Water Governance Assessment Method developed by the scientific board of the Water Governance Centre proves to be an indispensable tool  that effectively pinpoints the water governance gaps present in the Awash basin. 

Technologies used
WGC utilizes their own assessment method, click here



photo-ethiopia003This project seeks to establish good water governance in the Awash river basin, that improves continuously, by improving mechanisms for cooperation, knowledge sharing and capacity building in the implementation of IWRM in the basin, to increase public health, increase socio-economic growth, increase the quality of the environment in a sustainable way and eradicate the ever rising water resource management problems.


Thus far a thorough assessment has been conducted which functions as the backbone for the follow-up activities of the Water Governance Program. 

Active; from 2013 to 2015

Project location

Project partners

  • Dutch Water Authorities | Unie van Waterschappen
  • Water Governance Centre Netherlands