KENYA: Water Security Congress opens in April 2020

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Kenya will host a water security congress at the end of April 2020. The event, organised by the Kenyan government with local and international partners, will serve as a forum for policy discussions on how to ensure greater water security on the continent.

Water security is the theme that will be the focus of attention of water sector stakeholders in Nairobi, Kenya from April 27 to 30, 2020, as part of the African Water Security Congress. For four days, water sector experts from across the continent and around the world will discuss the policies to be implemented to limit the risks associated with water use on the continent.

Some of the objectives set by the organisers of this congress include the following:

– Sharing best practices on the efficient use of water resources to improve water security in and outside Africa;

– Reflecting on the strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned in water financing in Africa and globally;

– The development of tools to build the capacity of stakeholders in the sector;

– The launch of a programme for the protection of water resources in Africa…

During this congress, participants will benefit from plenary sessions, field visits and BtoB meetings. In addition, training sessions on water management will also be offered to participants. A fair for young water professionals is also planned to be held on the 26th of April 2020, as a prelude to the congress.

This international meeting will bring together leaders, local officials, heads of international financial institutions and members of civil society. The meeting will focus on the mechanisms to be implemented to protect the resources of the African continent, which are threatened by water stress in several localities. In 2050, the African population will reach 2.5 billion people, which will mechanically lead to an increase in the demand for water. In 5 years time, 25 of the 48 countries in the world facing water shortages could be African, representing nearly 690 million Africans who could be deprived of water.

The conference is being organised by the Kenyan government in partnership with the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company and The Nature Conservancy (an environmental conservation organisation founded in the United States in 1951). It is being held as a prelude to the 9th World Water Forum to be held in Dakar, Senegal in 2021.

For more details on this event, you can follow the following link: or contact Simon Thuo at

Luchelle Feukeng

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