Innovative Business Partnerships for SMEs in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Southern Africa

To strengthen entrepreneurial competencies with start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Southern Africa seecon international gmbh, Switzerland, in cooperation with cewas, the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), ICRD Group Foundation (ICRD) and the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia (WASAZA) offer a series of advanced business development activities in sustainable sanitation, water and resource management. The activities, taking place in Namibia, South Africa and Zambia are part of the project “Innovative Business Partnerships for SMEs in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Southern Africa”, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh and seecon international gmbh.



RRR Business Development Programme Uganda 2015 - 17

Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RRR) offers excellent business opportunities for a wide range of Ugandan industries and enterprises through the up-cycling of treated liquid and solid waste streams such as municipal solid waste, market waste, faecal sludge, agro-industrial waste, animal waste and wastewater for the recovery of nutrients, energy and water.

To support the translation of business ideas in RRR into actual business cewas, in cooperation with Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), offers a series of advanced business development activities in sustainable sanitation, water and resource management. The business development activities are conducted in Uganda as part of the RRR-Project Phase II. RRR-II is implemented by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) Reform of the Urban Water and Sanitation Sector (RUWASS) Programme and co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

RRR-II business development activities consist of:

  • Business Model Development Ateliers that introduce and promote a business model thinking process, which facilitates the designing of business models in sanitation, water and resource management. The Ateliers are entry points to the Smart Start-Up Programmes.
  • Smart Start-Up Programmes are ideal for entrepreneurs who wish to acquire necessary skills and get training in bringing sanitation, water and resource management business models to life. Smart Start-Up participants are eligible to participate in a Business Ideas Competition for advanced business development coaching.
  • Business Ideas Competition winners will secure free support in setting up their RRR business in close collaboration with MUBS, CEDAT, KCCA and GIZ.
  • One‐on‐one coaching from business development experts in sanitation, water and resource management.

For more information, please contact Dr. Charles B. Niwagaba at CEDAT or  Mr Martin Wafler

Writing a Winning Proposal in the Field of Sustainability

Whether you want to hand in a short concept note for a foundation or apply for a multi-million EU project: a crispy concept note or perfect project proposal is the key for any successful project financing.

In this 4-days short course, our senior proposal writing experts will help you to develop your own concept note or proposal of your choice.  Bring your own project idea or call for proposals and develop your concept note and project proposal ready for submission!

This applied training and coaching is ideal for SMEs, NGOs and start-ups intending to apply for financial and technical support by funding agencies and therefore wish to expand their proficiency in writing and presenting winning project proposals.

The course takes place 19 – 21th October in our training centre in Willisau.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

cewas middle east

With cewas middle east we offer short versions of the cewas start-up programme to local young entrepreneurs and professionals in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Iraq to enable them to link innovative and sustainable ideas with business competence and expertise in sustainable water, sanitation and resource management. The short programme combines advanced education and business training along with coaching by regional high-level experts.

The first full-scale training in Ramallah starts in 2016.

cewas middle east has two main focuses:

a) Entrepreneurship in sustainable water, sanitation and resource management; b) Development of innovative Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) projects cewas middle east works through a network of partner organizations, Universities and private companies in each country of operation.

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