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Innovation Prize for Africa: Entry Extension – 30 November

November 10, 2014 in Event, News by nrlouw

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) today announced a 30-day extension of the entry for its Innovation Prize Award. Applications can now be received by 30 November 2014 at 24h00 GMT. With a total prize share of US$150 000, African innovators stand to gain much more, such as recognition through our unique IPA brand, increased opportunities to attract investments, continental and international media attention, and the chance to positively transform the African innovation landscape.

IPA targets innovators in 5 key sectors. The competition is open to all Africans including those in the diaspora, irrespective of socio-economic status, gender, demographics or profession

The Categories are: 
1. Agriculture/agribusiness

2. Environment, Energy and Water

3. Health and Wellbeing

4. Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs)

5. Manufacturing and Service Industry

As one of the top 10 finalists, you will receive media exposure and IPA will invest up to US$5 000 to further spotlight your innovation. Winning the prize is certainly the main attraction here, but IPA 2015 has more to offer in terms of post-prize support. So if your idea can shine bright and sustain itself, you are in the line up to receive support to take your venture further and ignite the African innovation ecosystem!

Since its inaugural launch in 2011, African leaders have endorsed IPA as an essential stimulus needed to create a platform to spur innovation across Africa in sectors critical to the continent’s sustainable development. Jean Claude Bastos de Morais founder of the prestigious annual award, now in its 4th year running, is encouraging innovators across the continent to take advantage of the 30 November 2014 deadline: “The African continent is the new innovation frontier, and we therefore encourage innovators to be a part of the IPA platform and unleash their innovation potential, not only to further develop their inventions, but to contribute to Africa’s success story.”

For further information, click here.

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation – Managing Scare Resources Conference

November 3, 2014 in Event, News by nrlouw

Date: 29 & 30 September

Location: Savanah Estate, Pietermaritzburg.


Academically the focus of this conference was concentrated on managing scarce resources in the African Context. Five main themes were discussed during the two day conference: Education, Energy, Water, Environment, and Horticulture. 17 academics and scholars from South Africa, Germany, Kenya and Nigeria presented their work and research ranging from the positives and negatives of various energy sources to water security for South Africa.

The conference offered an opportunity for SUWI to share the Phase I data and research that had been accumulated thus far relating specifically to the themes of both education and the water resource. The presentation evoked enthusiastic debate among those present, but was generally met with support by all. The proliferation of the research being conducted on behalf of the EWSETA for Phase I, and also Phase II and the project in general, among academics in education and water, both locally and internationally, is consistent with the SUWI objective of widespread proliferation of and stakeholder engagement in the project.

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SUWI / UNESCO Open-Source Wastewater Treatment Short Course

September 19, 2014 in News by nrlouw

Recently the Stellenbosch University Water Institute (SUWI) hosted a 5 day (8 – 12 September) short course, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), aimed at educating and training individuals in the wastewater treatment sector on open source wastewater treatment modelling.

The WRc, a UK based water resources company, provided their open-source STOAT modeling and two trainers for the course, which was attended by 15 participants ranging from municipal wastewater treatment plant process controllers and those from other Water Service Providers (WSP) such as Randawater and ERWAT, as well as a large contingent of wastewater treatment educators from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from across the country.

The short course itself was split into the following eight parts:

  1. Principles of Wastewater Treatment
  2. Activated Sludge Process
  3. Wastewater Characterisation
  4. Modelling
  5. Introduction to STOAT
  6. Activated Sludge Modeling
  7. Trickling Filters
  8. Modeling your own Sewage Works

At the end of the course participants were asked  to use real data from their own wastewater treatment works, run it through the modeling process and give a short presentation on the results. All participants were awarded with certificates of attendance at the culmination of the course and feedback from both the trainers and the attendees suggested a short course successful in increasing the knowledge base of South Africa’s current wastewater treatment practitioners as well as those who are teaching future practitioners.



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African Water Facility: Call for Proposal on Water and Climate

September 12, 2014 in Event by nrlouw

Calling on African organizations to submit climate-smart water project proposals for funding

African organisations eligible for AWF grants are encouraged to submit to the African Water Facility their proposal for project(s) focused on the “preparation of water and climate change investment” aimed at building resilience to climate change in Africa for a chance to be selected for receiving non-reimbursable grants ranging in size from € 1 million up to € 3 million.

The deadline for application is Friday November 14, 2014

 If you wish to receive the application form, contact us immediately at:  and please put “REQUESTING APPLICATION FORM: CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLIMATE CHANGE”  in the email subject line.

Download the announcement made on September 2, at the Stockholm World Water Week.

Projects prioritized

In its selection, the AWF will prioritize projects focused on the “preparation of investment programs or projects” that show strong climate and water adaptation and/or mitigation emphasis. Components focused on improving water governance in the context of climate change and on capturing and disseminating climate and water information and knowledge will be also considered.

Sub-sectors targeted

The sub-sectors supported include water resources infrastructure, water for agriculture, water for energy, water supply and sanitation, and water for environment, among others. Support could be extended to include non-water infrastructure or natural resources, such as forestry, livestock, or a broader water-energy-land focus of interventions, where it is relevant to the overall water sector and related climate adaptation and mitigation measures.

This AWF initiative will receive special support from the Nordic Development Fund and the Austrian Development Agency, who will make use of their extensive knowledge and worldwide experience in sustainable development and climate change to assist with the implementation of the call.