The main capacity building activitiy of the network is the development and delivery of short professional courses.


2013 September:  Integration of Groundwater Management into African Basin Organizations.

AGW-Net in collaboration with several partners, pricipally BRG, IWMI and IGRAC, has initiated a new series of courses: Integration of Groundwater Management into Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa

The first two courses were held with

1) in Johannesburg ORASECOM - the Orange Senqu River Basin Commission encompassing 4 countries: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho click here for course reportand 

2) in Bamako Mali with the CRUBN - Regional Coordination of Niger Basin Water Users. This was a French language course. click here for course report


Further course are planned for the Senegal River Basin, OKACOM (Okavango) and LIMCOM (Limpopo) and these will be announced on our web-site as plans become more concrete. 


Groundwater Management by River Basin Organizations in Africa is the theme of these course. RBO's are finding that groundwater use and groundwater quality are becoming integral parts of their ability to manage the catchment water. However neither the tools for such management nor the technical capacity are to be found within most African Basin Authorities.

It is within this contextual framework that the course organizers have developed this program and suite of courses. The ORASECOM course report included the course program and the logos of the organizations that participated in the preparation of materials and the funding of the program. 

2011: AGW-Net launches two new courses: - Groundwater Management within River Basins  AND Groundwater Management for Hygiene and Sanitation.

Responding to demand from both our members and from other water sector professionals, the Africa Groundwater Network has developed two new courses as indicated above.

Groundwater Management within River Basins has been a focus of AGW-Net since 2010 when we agreed at our steering committee meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that we would prepare materials and run such a course as soon as possible. In partnership with WaterNet and Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Witwatersrand, this short course was offered from 18-22 July 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A facilitation team of 5 presented the materials to 16 participants from 9 countries: South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. Funding came from WaterNet and CapNet, course organization by Wits and AGW-Net were the lead facilitators. AGW-Net offers sincere thanks to all who participated. The full course report is available here.

Groundwater Management for Hygiene and Sanitation is another new course that has just been developed in collaboration with our host institution, the Institute for Water and sanitation Development (IWSD). The first course was offered in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 4th to 8th July 2011. This course has generated considerable interests, and already the AGWNet country representative in Cameroon is initiating a similar course there. There were 20 participants (8 female, 12 male) mostly from Zimbabwe, but with one from Zambia and two from Namibia. There were 4 facilitators plus our guest facilitator, Eng. Mvura, the CEO of the Manyame Catchment Council. Funding was provided by IWSD and CapNet, and the participants covered their own transport, accommodation and lunches.

The course presentations may be downloaded here:

  1. Aquifer Systems for Sanitation Management 12MB
  2. Cup Johari Exercise 1MB
  3. Groundwater Quality for Sanitation 7.1MB
  4. Groundwater and Sanitation Interface 16MB
  5. Gender in Groundwater and Sanitation 2.8MB
  6. Human Resources Lesotho 0.5MB
  7. Monitoring for Groundwater and Sanitation 3.7MB
  8. SODIS Water Treatment 8.6MB
  9. Stakeholder Participation for Groundwater and Sanitation 3.7MB
  10. Water Quality for Sanitation 7.5MB
  11. Water Management Institutions 2.6MB
  12. Groundwater Management for Hygiene and Sanitation - Introduction 0.2MB
  13. Economic and Financial Tools for Sanitation Development 1MB
  14. IWRM and Groundwater Resources Management 1.6MB
  15. Pan-African Challenges for Sanitation 4.2MB
  16. Groundwater Management 2 0.4MB
  17. Water Rights, Use and Benefits 5.3MB
  18. Water Rights Groups 0.1MB


Photograph shows the participants and facilitators on the field trip in South Africa July 2011. 


Course in Groundwater Management in IWRM

The network has developed a course in Groundwater Management in IWRM, and there is a pdf Groundwater Management Training Manual available at this link as well as slide-show presentations on the various modules in the training manual. The power-point slides are available at the links to the various modules below:

Download a PDF of the Groundwater management Training Manual


Download power point presentations (ppt) of the course modules

Module 1: Introduction to Groundwater Management  7.4 MB

Module 2: Aquifer Characterization for Management  12.1 MB

Module 3: Groundwater & IWRM  1.3 MB

Module 4: Legislation & Regulation  4.3 MB

Module 5: Allocation & Licensing  3.4 MB

Module 6: Economic and Financial Tools  0.36 MB

Module 7: Stakeholder Participation  2.9 MB

Module 8: Groundwater Quality  4.1 MB

Module 9: Groundwater Monitoring  1.4 MB

Module 10: Groundwater & Climate Change  2.7 MB

Module 11: Information Management & Communication  5.7 MB

Module 12: Surface Water - Groundwater Interaction  9.8 MB


Download course reports:

Senegal - completed May 2009

Ghana - completed July 2009

South Africa - completed July 2009

Tanzania - completed November 2009

Togo - completed April 2010

Ethiopia - completed August 2010

Ethiopia - course annex


Other Courses

Short courses are being developed in Cost Effective Borehole Drilling and Borehole Maintenance.

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Hosting an AGW-Net Short Course

Short courses can be a lot of work to implement but it is made much easier with attention to key points. For those members who wish to hold short courses in their countries, we provide some guidelines below:

  • Proper planning will give you realistic timing, relevance and costs.
  • You'll need to have some elements of cost recovery.
  • Clear budgeting and planning helps you decide if you will make a surplus, break even, or have to subsidise the course.
  • Consistency with planning improves the quality of the course and reputation of the network.

Download a Planning Guide

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