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April: Cowater Lesotho 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 Corporation-funded project in Lesotho. This award recognizes projects that have elevated the economic, social and environmental well-being in Ontario and around the globe.

Cowater managed this complex 4-year, USD 50M program providing access to water and sanitation to 160,000 beneficiaries across the 10 districts of Lesotho, improving health, the environment and quality of life. Working with Lesotho?s Department of Rural Water Supply (DRWS), Cowater provided project management, construction supervision, and environmental management services, ensuring compliance with technical, environmental and social requirements. To maximize sustainability and impact, Cowater provided technical assistance and training to enhance system aftercare, and improve hygiene and sanitation promotion, environmental management, and system operation and maintenance.

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 for a new project by Cowater International.  The project will bring about important development results for Burkina Faso and represents a private sector partnership for DFATD and the Government of Canada in the context of increased corporate social responsibility for Canadian mining companies operating overseas. The project will also receive 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 improve availability of drinking water 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; increase access to markets, 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 World Bank representatives 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 contracts in 2013/2014. 

Cowater is currently implementing two DFAT-funded projects with a combined value of 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 services 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, 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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