In 2016, the first program was launched, bringing together three African countries including Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, plus two countries from Asia, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
In the 2017-2020 program, two projects directed to African continent were launched, and just at around the same time two programs directed to Asian continent were launched in the same sense; the countries that attended these program were Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda on each continent, each represented by two Cities.
In this training program, Rwanda was represented by water and sanitation officials in the City of Kigali and the Eastern Province.
This project was implemented by two companies, NIRAS and the WaterAid project and was funded by the Swedish Agency for International Development and Cooperation, AIDS.
Jean Paul Mbarushimana, WaterAid’s director of monitoring the project, said the training program is important because it aims to build the capacity of institutions and individuals, whether from public, private or non-governmental organizations, all sharing a connection with water and sanitation in different ways.
These include decision-making bodies such as the Ministry, regulatory agencies such as RURA, and water and sanitation agencies such as WASAC, Districts and other agencies.
"The main goal is to increase the capacity of the institutions to plan, implement, and monitor projects in a sustainable manner." He said
So far, 36 graduates have been enrolled in the program and 18 others are still enrolled, and graduates have been shown to be productive of the changes needed in the workplace.
The program was launched by Rwandans in 2017, with 12 participants each year; the city of Kigali provides six, and the Eastern Province provides six.
The final phase of the course is in Kigali City and in the East they will finish in the coming days. Graduates in the field of water and sanitation are awarded international certificates.