A Bolivian delegation visited Germany and the Netherlands from 27 February until 6 March 2016. The Bolivian officials work at municipalities and the Department of Resources and Environment. They are participating in a project with Aquanet and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). The project participants were introduced to the German and Dutch Water supply Sector. The delegation visited World Water Academy in Nieuwegein on Friday 4 March to learn about capacity building. Agnes presented the goal, the quality assurance, and the business model of World Water Academy.
The Department intends to establish an independent ‘Water school'. The WWA concept ‘for professionals, by professionals' was introduced to the group. They confirmed that practical knowledge is generally available in Bolivia. However, it is in the heads of few people. Training these experiential professionals to become trainers might be an interesting challenge for them. A lively discussion touched the certification as well as the business elements of World Water Academy. The fact that the organisation is not funded raised questions like: Is PR important? How do you create a break-even in costs? Who selects the topics to be invested? The co-ordination, the water professionals becoming trainers, and the sector-accreditation of the certificates were food for further discussion.
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