Water and Business Challenge in Jordan

cewas Middle East kicked off the Jordanian Start-up Programme with a Water and Business Challenge. From 27th to 29th April 15 entrepreneurs with different backgrounds, but a strong environmental passion and business ideas that could help to solve Jordan water, sanitation or waste challenges participated in the hands-on training workshop. Mentors, coaches and an expert jury supported the start-ups, who will now take part in a year long programme to launch their businesses.

cewas Middle East at Arab Water Week 2017

From 19th-22nd March 2017, the fourth Arab Water Week Conference was held at the Dead Sea in Jordan. cewas Middle East participated with a group of partners of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), hosting a joint booth and the session “Scaling-up sustainable sanitation through the MENA Regional Chapter of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)” to celebrate the launch of the new SuSanA Regional Chapter for the Middle East and North Africa.

December 4-8th, 2016: WASH in Emergencies Training, Kurdistan-Iraq

With the support of the German Toilet Organization (GTO), cewas Middle East conducted a WASH in Emergencies training to strengthen humanitarian preparedness and response capacity for the staff of the Joint Coordination Centre of the Kurdistan Regional Government (JCC).

The overall goal of the training course was to empower and sensitise JCC staff on the importance and implications of WASH in humanitarian response, to activate a change in the design, planning, implementation, operation and maintenance of WASH services for displaced communities, who are currently hosted in camps and settlements in Kurdistan.

The training was based on lectures in English and Kurdish, followed by practical examples represented through case studies developed by the participants themselves and supported with coaching from the trainers.

New ways of knowledge sharing in the Middle East

Recognizing that the Middle East is lacking access and knowledge about existing key information and training material on sustainable sanitation, cewas Middle East is highly motivated to fill this gap and engaged in several efforts to do so. One project targets the development of an Arabic version of the EAWAG Compendium on Sustainable Sanitation Systems and Technologies, a key information source for sanitation and highly appreciated by practitioners globally. So far it has been hardly used in the Middle East, mainly due to language barriers. Another project aims at the establishment of a Middle East Regional Chapter as part of the online platform Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). SuSanA is an international alliance, which links on the ground experience with sustainable sanitation with an engaged community. Its incredible knowledge pool will be now strongly marketed in the Middle East and content relevant to the region will be displayed in the Regional Chapter.

cewas Roadshow in Palestine - Towards a Greener Future

On July 19th, 2017, cewas Middle East organised a Roadshow event at Work Factory Manara. At the event, cewas environmental start-ups from Palestine showcased their business to invited guests from the start-up, donor and investment community.  Participants then discussed in several working groups what is needed to make green innovations flourish in Palestine, a mission, in which cewas hopes to involve many others.

Launch of the first Arabic "Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies"

Download the very first Arabic version of this popular and systemic planning tool. The Arabic version of EAWAG’s “Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies” represents a long needed instrument towards improved sanitation. Engineers, planners, decision-makers, non- governmental organizations staff as well as students from the arabic speaking world are now provided with an easily accessible knowledge tool and guide on how to achieve improvements in sanitation systems within contexts of scarce water resources, population growth and conflicts. The publication of this compendium is the result of a collaboration between cewas Middle East, EAWAG and Benaa Foundation and the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

February 9-12th, 2017: Water Innovation Lab, Palestine

The cewas Middle East Water Innovation Lab was a 4-days training course and part of the second round of the cewas Start-Up Programme in Palestine. Entrepreneurs, non-profit organisations and public institutions developed new sustainable business ideas in the water, sanitation and waste sector. The hands-on workshop guided participants through a creative idea development and innovation process to find a sustainable solution for a specific challenge. In a next step, participants will further develop and test their business idea, get one-on-one coaching from cewas Middle East and will define their business models in the upcoming training module in April.

 

cewas Middle East expanding to Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq

This past year, the Palestine Start-up Programme was not the only activity at cewas Middle East. Expanding its activities into Jordan, Lebanon and Kurdistan Iraq, the team has been focusing on introducing the unique Start-Up Programme in Jordan and Lebanon and developing targeted trainings in sustainable WASH to support actors responding to the on-going humanitarian crisis. In addition, cewas Middle East has taken an active role in raising awareness and providing access to relevant information and trainings material on sustainable sanitation in the Middle East.

Capacity Building Trainings in the WASH sector

As part of cewas Middle East’s capacity development efforts, an emergency WASH training has been conducted in Jordan in September 2016, in cooperation with the German WASH Network. Within the next two years cewas Middle East will offer a total of 12 relevant, specialized, target group-oriented trainings in Lebanon, Jordan and Kurdistan (Iraq) to practitioners working for local-based relief-agencies, NGOs and other institutions. The aim of this activity is to strengthen the local capacity in water, sanitation and resource management with special focus on improving the sustainability of emergency response.

Arabic version of the Special Topic Page "SSWM in Humanitarian Crises" now online!

The Special Topic Entry Page (STEP) on Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management in Humanitarian Crises is the go-to knowledge platform for water, sanitaiton and hygiene promotion practitioners in humanitarian crises. Due to the STEP’s particular relevance for the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region, the comprised 175 factsheets were translated to Arabic, making STEP “SSWM in Humanitarian Crises” the first bilingual STEP on SSWM!

New: SSWM in Humanitarian Crises

Our flagship SSWM toolbox (Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management) Toolbox now has a dedicated section for humanitarian crises. This past year, cewas Middle East has spent months developing an incredible resource with 170 factsheets to help Arabic and English speaking WASH decision makers design, create and implement more sustainable projects. The Arabic translation is currently ongoing and will be launched by the end of the summer. We are offering a series of trainings and workshops based on the toolbox in Jordan, Lebanon and Kurdistan, Iraq in 2017.

December 11-15th, 2016: Training in Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM), Kurdistan-Iraq

The training offered by cewas Middle East in cooperation with BORDA was built on the SSWM Toolbox with the aim of linking up sustainable sanitation, water management and agriculture at the local level and in practice. The SSWM Training course enabled 27 participants working in local gov’t institutions and local and international organizations to fully exploit the benefits of the SSWM Toolbox and develop a thorough understanding of Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management. The 5 day Course followed a participatory, cross-institutional and interdisciplinary approach. Besides face-to-face lectures, group works and case studies, visits to existing projects and role-plays revealed creativity and make participants think in a holistic way.

November 14-17, 2. Round Start-up Programme

From 14th – 27th November, the 2nd round of the Palestine start-up programme kicked off with new innovative startups in sustainable water, sanitation and resource management, some of which have already participated in the cewas business competitions, organized by cewas Middle East and local partners. But for the first time, not only start-ups participated in the training programme. Also local organizations, water service providers and other sector relevant institutions are now offered the training for strategic innovation development. The next training module of the programme will take place from 9th – 12th February.

July 17-19th, 2016: Smart Start-Up Competition, Bethlehem​

cewas Middle East in partnership with the Swiss Development Cooperation and the Bethlehem Business Incubator is opening the second cewas Smart Start-Up Programme in Palestine.  The 3 – day event will help participants understand sustainability challenges in Palestine and develop business ideas and solutions. It will give them the opportunity to meet members of the cewas Middle East Think Tank and the cewas mentors, get one-on-one coaching for their business idea, learn how to pitch and win prizes!