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March: DFATD announces $12M funding to Cowater project in Sahel Region of Burkina Faso
On February 28, 2015, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced DFATD funding to a new project by Cowater International. The project will bring important development results for Burkina Faso, and will also be a strong example of partnership with the private sector for DFATD and the Government of Canada in the context of increased corporate social responsibility for Canadian mining companies operating overseas. The project is also receiving significant financial support from IAMGOLD.
Cowater, in partnership with IAMGOLD and development partners Development International Desjardins and iDE Burkina Faso, will manage the "Water and Sustainable Economic Growth in the Sahel": a project designed to accelerate sustainable economic growth in Burkina Faso. The project will increase drinking water availability and sanitation through the installation of a water treatment plant and sanitation and hygiene promotion activities; improve local livelihoods by supporting market gardening activities by local women's groups, access to markets, livestock activities and microfinance; and will reinforce local governance to better support economic development and water and sanitation service delivery by local government.
February: Cowater CEO David Baron participates in delegation with Minister Paradis on business opportunities for Canadian companies with the World Bank Group
Cowater participated in a delegation of Canadian executives and Minister Christian Paradis at the World Bank in Washington on Friday, February 27th. The private sector delegation, led by Minister Paradis, participated in a round-table discussion with the World Bank aimed at strengthening their mutual relationship so that Canadian firms can make an effective contribution to the Bank's development efforts. The sessions provided an excellent opportunity for Canada's leading firms to highlight the available skills and expertise to support implementation of World Bank-funded projects and programming.
Cowater is currently implementing many World Bank-funded projects, including programs in South Sudan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Mozambique.
February: Cowater Ranked in Australia's DFAT Top 10 Private Contractors
According to Devex, Cowater is the only non-Australian firm to make the Top 10 list of for DFAT contract in 2013/2014.
Cowater is currently implementing 2 DFAT-funded projects valued at AUD 76.5 million. These projects include the 3-year, AUD 57.3 million, Empowering Indonesia Women for Poverty Reduction (MAMPU); and AUD 19.2 million for Phase III of the Citizen Engagement for Social Service Delivery Project in Pakistan. The ranking further highlights Cowater's global reputation and its position as the Canadian leader in consulting for developing and emerging economies.
November: Cowater signs World Bank-funded Local Governance and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) III in South Sudan
Working with the Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning of South Sudan, LGSDP III seeks to build the foundation for an effective system of local governance in South Sudan and thereby enable the delivery of satisfactory basic services such as health, education, water and sanitation, and roads to citizens at the local level.
Cowater will be managing this USD 13.3M project and will provide capacity building and training to local-level officials in planning, budget management, revenues, and small-scale infrastructure projects utilizing standardized guidelines, templates and designs and a participatory approach. This project will also transfer the requisite conceptual and practical knowledge to state-level officials responsible for overseeing and mentoring their local government counterparts. In the longer term, such capabilities will catalyze the growth of an effective and efficient decentralized system of governance in South Sudan.
This project will be managed by Cowater's Local Governance and Economic Development Group.
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