In collaboration with Niras Sweden AB and WaterAid Rwanda, SEI is presiding over a National Symposium in Rwanda on 22 March 2022. This event will bring together all the Rwandan alumni of the Sida-sponsored International Training Programme (ITP) on Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation – Integrated processes (SUWAS). SEI has supported the SUWAS programme with mentorship and lectures since 2016. SEI Research Fellow Nelson Ekane, the mentor for Rwanda in this programme, will participate in the event.

These events will mark the end of the SUWAS programme in the various countries. They will also provide an opportunity for the SUWAS alumni to present the major outcomes of their individual change projects and reflect on how they can continue sharing and learning within the alumni network.

A similar event will take place on 31 March 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya with SUWAS alumni in Kenya. The mentor for Kenya, SEI Researcher Daniel Ddiba, will participate in the event.


Time Content Presenter
08.30 Registration National Facilitator/team
9.30 Opening and welcomes National Facilitator: Annabell Waititu
9.40 Introductory Remarks on the current challenges and opportunities in the Kenyan Water and Sanitation Sector Ministry of Water – TBC
10.00 Presentation of the SUWAS programme; overall approach and SUWAS County/City Analysis over years Mentor: Daniel Ddiba
10.15 Presentation: SUWAS Footprint – Nakuru County Government Public Health Department: Elizabeth Kiptoo

Water and Environment: Jane Muriu

10.45 Presentation: SUWAS Footprint – Narok County Government Management/Finance: Richard Kereto

Public Health: John Omondi

Water and Environment: Anne Nairuko

11.15-11.45 Break
11.45 Presentation: SUWAS Footprint – Water Companies Narok Water: Stanley Kuyioni

Narok Water: Timothy Wanjohi Mugo

Narok Water: Felix Mwarema

12.15 Presentation: SUWAS Footprint – Civil Society Childcare Int./Kenya – Samuel Mwaura

WSUP – Gerald Maina Muiruki

12.35 Presentation: SUWAS Footprint – Academia Masai Mara University – Prof. Aggrey Thuo
12.45 Discussions and reflection on the presentations National Facilitator/Team facilitated
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30 Discussions on next steps – what is needed in the sector and at city level to accelerate change? What other initiatives in the sector can SUWAS alumni create synergies with? National Facilitator/Team facilitated
15.00 Comments and observations by distinguished WASH organisational representatives and by Sida, WA/NIRAS National Facilitator/Team facilitated
15.20 Closing National Facilitator and Mentor
15.30 Coffee/tea and networking + group photo


Time Content Presenter
09.30 Registration National Facilitator/team
10.00 Opening and welcome remarks
10.10 Introduction of the day National Facilitator (Jean Paul)
10.20 The SUWAS ITP programme; Approach and Key Principles Mentor for Rwanda (Dr Nelson Ekane)

Organization and coordination of SUWAS activities in Rwanda
(Selection of participants, Alumni, situation analysis, change projects,)

NF (Jean Paul) + Joseph and Hildebrand
10.40 Improving the approach to solid waste management in City of Kigali Juvenal Mukurarinda (GGI)
10.50 Development of a strategic plan for rehabilitation and upgrading of water infrastructure in the Eastern Province Monia Mutsili Logba (WASAC)
11.10 Regulation on solid waste collection and transportation Elisabeth Marie Constance Nahimana (RURA)
11.20 Plenary discussion all
11.00-11.30 Break + group photo all
11.30 Improving the equitable access to poor households of Nyarugenge District Delphine Marie Aimée Uwase (Water Access Rwanda)
11.40 Improvement of water quality monitoring Innocent Habimana (WHO)
11.50 Testing of a new technology for coffee wastewater treatment Brigitte Mukarunyana (University of Rwanda/College of Science and Technology)
12.00 Plenary discussion all
12.00-13.30 Lunch NF + Hotel
13.30 Panel discussion on “Ground water: making the invisible visible” (Three SUWAS alumni will intervene as panellists). – Davis Bugingo (Rwanda Water Resources Board)
– Dismas Karuranga (Ministry of Environment)
– Alsaad Ndayizeye (Rwanda Water resources board)
– Joseph Hahirwabasenga (University of Rwanda)
– Emmanuel Ngendahayo (University of Rwanda)
14.00 Rwanda SUWAS alumni network – structure and planned activities SUWAS Network Representatives (Marie Leonce Rugerindinda, IPRC)
14.10 Engagement of the Rwanda SUWAS alumni at regional level in the international network on quality of government and WASH outcomes (involving Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) Mentor (Dr Nelson)
14.20 Reflection on how WaterAid can potentially support the Rwanda SUWAS Alumni National Facilitator (Jean Paul)
14.30 Reflections and testimonies on past SUWAS experiences and post SUWAS engagements SUWAS participants
14.40 Comments and observations by distinguished WASH organisational representatives OR/AND by Sida and/or Swedish Embassy Distinguished guests
14.30 Closing remarks Government representative/WaterAid/SIDA
14.40 Coffee/tea and networking NF + Hotel