The Ethiopia WASH Alliance has partners that include AMREF, RiPPLE, HOAREC, AFD, HCS, MetaMeta and WaterAid was officially launched on 5 July, 2012 with about 50 participants from governments, donors, NGOs and private sectors.
The day started with a welcome speech of video presentation of Hanny Mass, Program Manager of DWA and Mr Deres Abdulkadir (Director of RiPPLE) followed by a song from youth group. The opening speech was made by the guest of honor, Mr Gerrit Noordam the first secretary of EKN.
After the presentation of the program overview of EWA by Tamene Chaka, Country Coordinator, participants raised clarification questions and provided comments that are useful to the program implementation. The market place presentation was spice of the event that enabled EWA to present themselves to different audiences. In this session partners shared different documents to the participants of the event.
The official closing was made by Dr Kassahun Negash on behalf the Country Director for AMREF and Mr Abiti Getaneh, Director in the Ministry of Water and Energy. Mr Abiti Getaneh said that the EWA program expected to contribute to the country‚Äôs Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP) and we will provide all the necessary support during the course of the implementation of the program.
Finally, the event in addition to show the existence of the Ethiopia WASH Alliance program, creating condition to get support from the different stakeholders in the WASH sector, it also created good opportunity among the wider EWA partner‚Äôs staffs & DWA partners to interact each other.
Tamene Chaka is Country Coordinator of the Ethiopia WASH Alliance