BothEnds (AfriWater CoP)
Both ENDS is a Foundation under Dutch law founded in 1986 working towards a sustainable future for our planet by identifying and strengthening developing countries’ civil society organizations (CSOs) needs. We help CSOs seeking sustainable solutions for environmental and poverty-related challenges by creating and supporting strategic networks capable of promoting social-environmental interests. At the same time we directly influence policies and promote our vision in public relevant fora, both at national and international levels. Both ENDS main areas of work are in the field of water, land and capital flows. Both ENDS water program strives for inclusive and sustainable approaches towards IWRM in various river basins all over the world, resulting in participatory water management that includes local environmental, businesses’ and social realities in planning, monitoring and evaluation. This requires an integrated approach that takes river basins as unit of analysis and assures inclusive planning processes..
In 2011, Dutch NGO Both ENDS brought together a group of African CSO IWRM practitioners from East and West African countries to share experiences around IWRM. They started the AfriWater Community of Practice (AfriWater CoP), a platform for continued exchange. Its members aim to support the implementation of the African Water Vision 2025, by enhancing participation of communities in IWRM processes – in dialogue with the RBOs – and promoting the conservation of the natural infrastructure base in Africa. The secretariat of AfriWater CoP is now hosted at the JVE International office, in Lomé, Togo.
Role in AfriAlliance
The role of Both ENDS / AfriWater CoP in the project is very salient since they represent the perspective of civil society. Their participation is foreseen mainly in WP1, 2 and 3, where they respectively contribute to incorporate the participatory approaches in the coordination mechanisms (WP1), and the incorporation of civil society demands by means in the research agenda setting process, linking local realities to regional and international policy arenas (WP2), and the knowledge brokering with practitioners, bringing local community/CSO needs, initiatives and lessons learned related to bottom-up, sustainable management of water resources into the coordination platform (WP3). They will also have a role in disseminating project results through their advocacy mechanisms (WP5).
Annelieke Douma (f) holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management, which she obtained at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. Mrs Douma has a broad background which integrates thorough knowledge of technical subjects with legal, economic, managerial and organizational knowledge and skills. She is specialized in Integrated Water Resources Management. Over the past twelve years she has been involved in multiple international development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and research studies in the fields of water resources management, climate change adaptation, and gender equality. She was involved in the development of the Integrated Water Resources Management Toolbox of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and worked as Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Sweden. In 2003, she joined Both ENDS where she is now Director of the Water Programme, supporting effective stakeholder participation and the integration of local knowledge and climate change considerations in 15 river basins around the world.
Luttah Aluora, B.sc. (f) is the Coordinator of AfriWater CoP and holds a degree in Environmental Planning and Management at the Kenyatta University. Before becoming the coordinator of AfriWater CoP Mrs Aluora worked with UNEP supporting policy formulation processes. Mrs Aluora considers water is a significant resource and it is for this reason that she feels that participatory approach – and including a focus on the natural infrastructure – to decision making especially as concerning water management should be encouraged from the bottom up approach to ensure successful implementation and acceptance.