5th AfriAlliance Innovation Brokerage Event: Climate proof IWRM
This 5th AfriAlliance Innovation Bridge Events (IBE) served as a matching platform for universities, science councils and companies in water and climate change with potential collaborators, funders and investors to facilitate commercialisation, awareness and better uptake of their innovations. It contributed to the overarching objective of the AfriAlliance project, which is to foster social innovation in order to meet water and climate challenges in Africa. Under the framework of the AfriAlliance proejct, social Innovation is mobilized as a tool to tackle societal, water-related challenges arising from climate change by combining the technological & non-technological dimensions of innovation.
This edition of the AfriAlliance IBE addressed social innovation and its various dimensions (technique, capacity building, governance, commercialization), gathering diverse stakeholders across all levels of government and the sectors of climate, water, environment and innovation. The session included technology exhibitions and demonstrations and plenary discussion on fostering technological innovations for further development, uptake and commercialization.
Program and Presentations
Thursday 29 October, 1 pm – 3 pm (Central European Time –CET)
Zoom virtual room, with French-English interpretation
13.00 – 13.05 (CET) : Welcome, introduction (AA context) by the master of ceremony: Prof. Jean-Marie Kileshye, WaterNet (on AfriAlliance and its Innovation Bridge Events –IBE)
13.05 – 13.10 (CET) : Keynote : Ms. Charafat Afailal, Expert in water resources, former Minister in charge of water of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Aquifer Contract a new mode of groundwater governance
13.10 – 13.20 (CET) : Introduction to the innovators’ pitches and the organization into breakout groups Mr. Edouard Boinet, INBO
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- Innovation pitches (8 pitches of 1 min each, 1 for each innovator).
Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA) - M. John Kaganga
EaziFlush and EaziSplit Presentation - M. Brian Lewis
OMVS - Dr. Amadou Lamine Ndiaye
VidlyIT - M. Phumlani Xolani Ntshangase
SASSCAL présente le projet WeMAST - Dr. Jane Olwoch
Wetskills - M. Johan Oost
Appui-conseil aux producteurs agricoles dans le domaine de la gestion de l'eau agricole au Burkina Faso - M. Farid Traore
SEMCCA - Mme Vanessa Tshite
13.20 – 14.25 (CET) :
- Groupe 1 moderated by Ms Tendai Chibarabada (WaterNet)
Mr. Brian Lewis, Director, Envirosan Sanitation Solutions, on the "EaziSplit toilet"
Mr. Farid Traore, Researcher in Natural Resources Management, Burkina Faso Institute for the Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA)
Dr. Jane Olwoch, Executive Director, Southern African Science Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL), on “WeMAST” Project
Mr. Johan Oost, Managing Director, Wetskills Foundation
- Groupe 2 moderated by Mr.Edouard Boinet (RIOB)
Mr. Thierry Labrosse, Director General, ENERGIS
Mr. John Kaganga, Director, Kikandwa Environmental Association
Mr. Phumlani Xolani Ntshangase, Co-Founder, Vidly IT
Ms Vanessa Tshite, Climate Change, Energy and Resilience Professional Officer, ICLEI
14.25 – 14.55 (CET) :
Panel moderated by M. Edouard Boinet, INBO
Dr. Olufunso Somorin, Regional Principal Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Program, African Development Bank Group
Dr. Amadou Lamine Ndiaye, Environment and Sustainable Development Director, Organization for the Development of the Senegal River Basin (OMVS)
14.55 – 15.00 (CET) : Wrap up & conclusion by Prof. Jean-Marie Kileshye, WaterNet