CMP news archive

Stories from the field, partners and media about CMP implementation and scaling-up.

Visit to Keshmando kebele in Benishangul Gumuz region

Visitors enter the water point and observe that a man is pumping water when women around wait their Jerrycans to be filled. Positive feelings and great expectations fill the visitors from Embassy of Finland, Regional WASH sector bureaus, COWASH Federal and Regional teams and Bambasi woreda water office when they paid a visit to Gott 1 water scheme and Keshmando secondary school in Nebar Keshmando Kebele in Bambasi Woreda of Benishangul Gumuz Region. Read more in the attached story.

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We welcome Ms Marjaana to COWASH Family


We would like to warmly welcome Ms Marjaana Pekkola to the COWASH Ethiopia family! She recently joined the Embassy of Finland in Addis Ababa to lead the Government of Finland bilateral projects in water, agriculture and land administration. Marjaana has long experience in development in Africa as she has lived 18 years in Mozambique and has also worked in Kenya and well as many other countries for over 26 years. She started her carrier with the UN World Food Programme, and also worked with NGOs before joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland in 2006. She is specialised in rural development, agriculture, natural resources, food economics and nutrition. After spending the last 3 years in Finland she is happy to return to Africa to work as a Counsellor for Development Cooperation in the Embassy of Finland. COWASH project is supported and monitored by her together with her colleague Gezahegn Alemu.  (photo/Aino Himanen).

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SNNP was the first to finalise its 2010 EFY Annual report of COWASH

SNNP was the first COWASH region to finalise its 2010 EFY annual report.


You can enjoy and read the report here:

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New International Water Strategy of Finland

New International Water Strategy of Finland was published in August 2018. The strategy suggests that Finland is
in a unique position to provide sustainable water solutions for our partners worldwide. Finland is committed to achieving all global water targets of the 2030 Agenda and to promote policies and take actions to reach the targets in time. Therefore, the international water strategy of Finland from the year 2009 has now been revised and enhanced to match the ambition and aspirations of the 2030 Agenda. The updated Strategy introduces the concept of the Finnish Water Way. The Finnish Water Way is an approach where we all work together as a society
– from the grass-roots level to the national level – towards sustainable water management. This Strategy forms the framework for Finland’s water-related ambitions and actions until the year 2030 and provides guidance on the implementation of SDG 6 through international collaboration.

You can read the Finnish Water Way here:

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Oromia COWASH completed the training in Mombasa

A total of 13 male trainees attended the training in “leading/managing water supply and sanitation projects in Mombasa, Kenya facilitated by NETWAS. The trainees were from Oromia finance, water, education and health bureaus dealing with COWASH. The CMP Specialist from Federal COWASH team was also one of the participant. Three of the trainees were their first time out of Ethiopia. Training lasted from July 22 to August 6, 2018.

The training equipped the RWSC members on the technical and managerial issues of the WASH sector more and increased their knowledge and commitment to make knowledge based decisions and contributions to the ongoing WASH initiatives of the region in general and the COWASH project in particular. So they thank the COWASH project for arranging such a very important, timely and assistive training as it helped them to know what is going in the WASH sector outside of Ethiopia & drew good lessons.

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Antsokia woreda Rural Pipe System (RPS) best practice in disability inclusion

Antsokia woreda has started a new initiative of making the water supply accessible also to persons with disabilities on the constructed two rural piped systems (RPS) from gravity springs called Gumal Baynesgie (in 2008EFY) and Lemon Sorrow (constructed in 2005EFY), serving 500 and 501 households respectively. 

The initiative to provide water directly to the households with persons with disabilities was started and pushed forward by the Woreda Water Office Head and CMP supervisor who wanted to ensure equitable access to water for all community members, mainly due to personal conviction that the issue is important and needs to be addressed.

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Disability Inclusion in Dembia and Debark Woredas

COWASH Federal team made a visit to Dembia and Debark woredas to see their first trials of disability inclusive water points. Both sites were hand dug wells and construction had been completed in April 2018. It was very inspiring and positive to see some actions starting to happen on the ground to improve the practical inclusion of persons with disabilities. Read more in the report below:

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Champion of Resilience, Story of Guade

Guadie Demeke Amare (37) is a visually impaired, disability inclusion Trainer in COWASH. This is his story.

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