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August: Cowater Launches Local Governance and Economic Development Practice

David Baron, Cowater CEO, announces that Cowater has officially renamed its former Municipal Services and Enterprise (MSE) division as the firm's Local Governance and Economic Development Group (LGED).  "It was time for the name of this division to be more in line with the exciting work we are doing on the ground while also speaking to the priorities of both our clients and our counterparts," notes Mr. Baron. The group had traditionally focused its efforts primarily on improving the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of urban service delivery by municipalities. Over the last several years, however, the group's service lines expanded to encompass a range of technical assistance services linked to broader good local governance objectives and to building strong enabling environments for economic growth. As a result, a change in name was needed to ensure that it reflected the group's increased reach and scope. Looking to the near future, Cowater's LGED group is set to become even more deeply engaged in major efforts to promote not only good local governance but also sustainable, job-creating growth in developing and emerging market countries such as Indonesia and Mozambique.

July: Cowater to provide technical assistance to 20 Mozambican municipalities through the World Bank-financed Cities and Climate Change Project 

Cowater will support Mozambique's Ministry of State and Administration (MAE) to improve their urban land use planning and management capabilities as well as their own source revenue generation and management systems of 20 participating municipalities across the country. The project's outcomes are expected to include the development and implementation of more formal land use planning and management systems and practices; more clearly defined property rights and responsibilities; and increased own source revenues that will better enable local governments to mitigate the effects of climate change on their cities and residents.This three-year, USD 3.3 million project is part of a larger program funded by the World Bank assisting vulnerable coastal cities with incorporating climate change projections into their planning processes and with undertaking adaptive measures in close consultation with citizens.

The project will be managed by Cowater's  Local Governance and Economic Development Group.

June: Cowater and iCOMMS awarded contract to study Information Communications Technology in Africa

Through the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, Cowater and its partner iCOMMS (Information for Community Oriented Municipal Services) of the University of Cape Town, South Africa,  has been selected to complete a regional study to build knowledge and develop guidelines for the at-scale use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools and services in African countries. Cowater and iCOMMS will investigate the emerging uses of ICT across sectors in order to improve the planning, implementation, monitoring, management and regulation of water and sanitation systems and the overall accountability framework of the sector.

This project will be managed by Cowater's Water, Sanitation and Environment Group.

June: CRC Sogema and Cowater Awarded Contract for 3-year DFATD-funded Project to Strengthen the Ministry of Health in Honduras

CRC Sogema in partnership with Cowater recently-signed this contract, funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), to improve health conditions of the rural population at risk from vector-transmitted diseases.The Prevention and Control of Chagas Disease and Leishmaniasis (COCHALE) Project supports the Ministry of Health's implementation of its national strategy for the prevention and control of Chagas and Leishmaniasis specifically, reducing transmission in Honduras. CRC Sogema and Cowater will provide technical assistance to increase capacity of the Ministry of Health in priority areas including financial administration; procurement and logistics; and human resource development, planning, and gender equality.

April: Cowater Mozambique Project Receives Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award of Excellence

This month, Cowater was a proud recipient of the Ontario Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence for our Millennium Challenge Account-funded project in Mozambique. This award program, created by the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO), recognizes projects that have elevated the economic, social and environmental well-being in Ontario and around the globe. Cowater managed this complex 5-year, USD 4.6M program providing access to water and sanitation to 315,000 beneficiaries in two Northern provinces in Mozambique, improving health and quality of life. Cowater was responsible for planning, scheduling, financial management, design, and construction supervision of 600 rural water systems in this multi-linguistic environment. To maximize sustainability and impact, Cowater trained 25 facilitators to work with communities, mobilize their participation, promote good health and hygiene, and facilitate construction of household sanitation facilities.

March: Export Development Canada recognizes Cowater's global business sucess. Click on the video below to learn about Cowater's global sucess.

March: Cowater Selected to Strengthen Public Sector Auditing in Afghanistan

Cowater is pleased to announce it has been selected by the Government of Afghanistan to manage and implement a USD 4.9 million dollar contract under the Second Public Financial Management Reform Project. The main objective of the assignment is to support the Supreme Audit Office of Afghanistan's (SAO) audit operations and to develop capacity in compliance audit and financial statement audit. The project is set to run for three years and will support the SAO to develop a comprehensive auditing manual that will strengthen audit methodology for all SAO ministries and upgrade compliance audit methodology to INTOSAI standards. This methodology will be applied to a significant share of government operations over the life of the project. This project will be managed by Cowater's Public Financial Management and Accountability Group, a Cowater division recognized for its work to strengthen Supreme Audit Institutions and build public sector audit capacity worldwide. 

Cowater wishes to thank the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for permission to use three photographs on this website.

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