Following discussion between the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS) and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) around establishing a long-term collaboration benefiting both the West-African (with a focus on Senegal) and Dutch water sectors; more specifically linking between the networks of OMVS -and indirect the AMBO- and the network of NWP, a Letter of Intent (LoI) was co-developed to cement the mutual interest in growing a relevant international network. The LoI is the first step towards establishing a strong relationship among the sectors and river basin management, strengthening the added value of the Dutch water sector in the Senegal River region, and facilitating the input of valuable content and dialogue during international events. The LoI is signed recognizing that the water sectors in both countries want to manage water resources and water service delivery in a manner that contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and excellence in their respective water sectors.
The Senegal River Basin Development Authority is an organization shared by Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and Guinea. Its main objective is to have an integrated cooperation body between member States to coordinate the integrated development of the Senegal River basin “on behalf of everyone and for the benefit of all”.
NWP is a comprehensive network that unites Dutch water expertise. The partnership consists of members from private companies, drinking water utilities, water boards, national and local
government, knowledge institutes, and NGOs. The organization acts as a center of information on water expertise, policy developments, and market opportunities. NWP is more than an information source; it initiates, coordinates, and executes projects for its members, such as trade missions, exhibitions, and conferences.