• November 2012

Dr. Neena Rao's election as the Board Member on Cap-Net Network Governing Board

SCaN South Asia Coordinator Dr. Neena Rao was elected as the Board Member on Cap-Net Network Governing Board during the CapNet Global Networks Annual Meeting in November, 2012 in Costarica. She attended the first Board meeting in Delft, Netherlands on December 7th 2012

SCaN South Asia Coordinator Dr. Neena Rao was selected to be a part of the working group for “Engagement with Private Sector”

SCaN to contribute to Training Material on IWRM Approaches in Drought Risk Management

Prof. N Shantha Mohan, School of Social Sciences at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) has been nominated by SCaN to contribute to the training material.

SCaN’s representation at 6th World Water Forum, Marseille, France, 12-17 March 2012

Dr. Jayati Chourey, Network Manager-SCaN participated in the preconference organised by the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) within the framework of the Women Initiative at the 6th WWForum Marseille, France. A presentation on the ‘Capacity Building Initiatives for Women Water Professionals in South Asia’ was made by her, where she shared SaciWATERs’ and SCaN’s initiatives for mainstreaming gender in the water sector.

SCaN members selected for ToT on Integrated Urban Flood Management, Bangkok, 5-9 March 2012

Dr. Muhammad Munir Babar (Professor, Institute of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan), Engr. Shamim Memon (Assistant Professor, Department of Irrigation & Drainage, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Sindh Agricultural University Tando Jam, Pakistan) and Dr. S. Mohammed Irshad (Assistant Professor, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai), India were selected to participate in the Training of Trainers on Integrated Urban Flood Management organised in Bangkok during 5-9 March 2012.

SCaN News- Volume:1; Issue:1 released in February 2012, providing a glimpse of network's activities and events during 2011

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1

Training Workshop on Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts in North East India, 23-26 January 2012; Guwahati, Assam

This training workshop on ‘Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts in the North East India’, aimed at introducing participants to the basic concepts, debates, theoretical and analytical approaches and emerging issues related to water, water conflicts and their resolution especially in the specific context of the North East.

The workshop was designed for civil society groups, government officials, researchers/teachers, lawyers, media professionals and activists working on water related issues. It was organized by Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, in collaboration with SCaN, Aaranyak, Center for Environment (IIT Guwahati), Arghyam. There were fifteen (15) participants in the training including two women participants. Click here for detailed Technical Report.

ToT in Integrated Water Resources Management in Pakistan, Jamshoro, Sindh, 16-21 January 2012

Considering the importance of managing water in Pakistan, a ToT focusing on IWRM was organised by Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) in collaboration with SCaN from 16-21 January 2012 at Jamshoro, Sindh with a total number of 26 participants. It discussed the relevance of IWRM in finding solutions so that the available water resources of the country are wisely and scientifically managed and resultant economic benefits of the country are optimised.

The target group included faculty from various Universities (Mehran Engineering and Technology-Jamshoro, Sindh Agriculture University-Tando jam, Quide Awam University of Science and Technology-Nawabshah), Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Irrigation Department, Planning and Development, NGOs and Masters Students of Institute of Water Resources Engineering and Management (IWREM). Click here for detailed Technical Report.

Training of Elected Grassroots Women Members on Water Users Associations in Maharashtra, India (September 2011 to January 2012)

Conventional approaches to water sector planning have ignored the female half of the population. At best, women are assigned passive roles in programmes designed and executed by men. On evaluation, they are found to be wanting. In fact, an extensive study showed that although names of women are included in water sector planning, there is very little presence that they have in the governance of the Water Users Associations (WUAs). SOPPECOM in collaboration with SCaN and Water Resources Department (WRD), Government of Maharashtra through the present course tried to reach out to elected members from WUA in Ghod Major Irrigation Project in Ahmednagar district of Northern Maharashtra, India. The main aim of the project was to move towards facilitating effective participation of women in WUAs formed in the irrigation sector as part of the new reforms. Click here for detailed Technical Report.

SCaN hosts Cap-Net’s Annual Partners and Network Managers Meeting – 2011

The Cap-Net Annual Network Managers meeting was held in Hyderabad, India from 14-16 December 2011. Hosted by SCaN, there were representatives globally from nineteen (19) capacity building networks. The principal agenda of the meeting included an assessment of outputs during the last year and future work plans, identifying areas of collaboration, developing strategic actions for the new phase of the programme and recommending options for Cap-Net’s institutional arrangements in the future. The fact that a fledgling SCaN had enthusiastically volunteered and had been provided with an opportunity to host the event shows the confidence reposed in the new network by members of the working body. Being the newest member of the Cap-Net family, successful organisation of the meeting added the proverbial feather in the cap of SCaN. For more information click here.

SCaN members participated in global ToTs

Some SCaN members got opportunities to participate in Global Trainings of Trainers (ToT's) organised by Cap-Net. Dr. Usha N Murthy (Faculty, Civil Engineering Dept., Bangalore University) and Dr. Saravanan Ramasamy (Centre for Water Resources, Anna University) participated in the ToT on Managing Pollution held in Colombo, Sri Lanka during 2-6 May 2011. Dr. P Rama Chandra (International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad) participated in a ToT on Capacity Building in Integrated Lake Basin Management and Workshop on Capacity Building Needs Assessment in Thailand held during 28 November to 3 December 2011. SCaN members found these ToTs unique opportunities to learn and also equip them with new knowledge and skills. These trainings provided them with new perspectives and global exposure.