On 28 August, Cap-Net held an event at the World Water Week in Stockholm to celebrate its 10th birthday. Mr Bert Diphoorn, who has been involved with the global since its inception, spoke at the event and took participants through a history of Cap-Net, dating back from 1996 when the idea to have the network was first formalised at a UNDP conference on water sector capacity development. The network was later launched in 2002 and hosted by IHE (now UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education). 10 years later Cap-Net is a robust network made up of 22 capacity development networks from the developing world as well as international partners and thematic networks.
The event was officiated by the South Africa Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi. She echoed messages from Rio+20, that development should be inclusive and as such emphasised that capacity development should reach out to the grass roots and address the living conditions of the poor.
A book on Cap-Net’s 10 years was launched at the event. The book gives a bird’s eye view of the global network’s milestones in developing capacity in water management across the developing world. It also goes further to give some insights on Cap-Net plans to address the new challenges that have emerged in the water sector.
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