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November: Cowater signs World Bank-funded Local Governance and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) III in South Sudan

Working with the Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning of South Sudan, LGSDP III seeks to build the foundation for an effective system of local governance in South Sudan and thereby enable the delivery of satisfactory basic services such as health, education, water and sanitation, and roads to citizens at the local level.  

Cowater will be managing this USD 13.3M project and will provide capacity building and training to local-level officials in planning, budget management, revenues, and small-scale infrastructure projects utilizing standardized guidelines, templates and designs and a participatory approach. This project will also transfer the requisite conceptual and practical knowledge to state-level officials responsible for overseeing and mentoring their local government counterparts. In the longer term, such capabilities will catalyze the growth of an effective and efficient decentralized system of governance in South Sudan.

This project will be managed by Cowater's Local Governance and Economic Development Group.

October: Cowater Awarded Second Assignment with the Government of Nigeria

Under this assignment, Cowater will be working with the Kogi State Accountant General to build capacity and modernize internal auditing techniques to better comply with extant laws, carry out operations efficiently and provide better independent internal oversight for managing public funds in the State. Cowater will modernize and strengthen internal audit structures, procedures and performance; improve internal control and risk management practices within the MDAs; and develop a training manual to set out the policies, standards, and procedure for internal audit function.

The overall objective of this World Bank - funded Public Sector Reform and Development Project is to ensure good governance through the promotion of accountability and transparency in the utilization of public financial and human resources.

This project will be managed by Cowater's Public Financial Management and Accountability Group, a Cowater division recognized for its work to strengthen Supreme Audit Institutions and build public sector audit capacity worldwide. 

October: Government of Nigeria Selects Cowater to Support External Audit Reforms  

Cowater recently signed a contract to work with the Office of the Kogi State Auditor General under the World Bank-funded Public Sector Reform and Development Project. The overall objective of this project is to ensure good governance through the promotion of accountability and transparency in the utilization of public financial and human resources.

The main objectives of the project include: assisting the State address the weaknesses in its external audit functions so as to provide assurance that adequate controls and risk management practices are in place; and building the capacity of auditors, and other relevant officers in the State (including members of the Public Accounts Committee, Audit Committee and Audit Implementation Committees in MDAs) on modern auditing techniques, financial controls and budget monitoring.  

This project will be managed by Cowater's Public Financial Management and Accountability Group, a Cowater division recognized for its work to strengthen Supreme Audit Institutions and build public sector audit capacity worldwide.

August: Cowater Launches Local Governance and Economic Development Practice

David Baron, Cowater CEO, announces that Cowater has officially renamed its former Municipal Services and Enterprise (MSE) division as the firm's Local Governance and Economic Development Group (LGED).  "It was time for the name of this division to be more in line with the exciting work we are doing on the ground while also speaking to the priorities of both our clients and our counterparts," notes Mr. Baron. The group had traditionally focused its efforts primarily on improving the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of urban service delivery by municipalities. Over the last several years, however, the group's service lines expanded to encompass a range of technical assistance services linked to broader good local governance objectives and to building strong enabling environments for economic growth. As a result, a change in name was needed to ensure that it reflected the group's increased reach and scope. Looking to the near future, Cowater's LGED group is set to become even more deeply engaged in major efforts to promote not only good local governance but also sustainable, job-creating growth in developing and emerging market countries such as Indonesia and Mozambique.

July: Cowater to provide technical assistance to 20 Mozambican municipalities through the World Bank-financed Cities and Climate Change Project 

Cowater will support Mozambique's Ministry of State and Administration (MAE) to improve their urban land use planning and management capabilities as well as their own source revenue generation and management systems of 20 participating municipalities across the country. The project's outcomes are expected to include the development and implementation of more formal land use planning and management systems and practices; more clearly defined property rights and responsibilities; and increased own source revenues that will better enable local governments to mitigate the effects of climate change on their cities and residents.This three-year, USD 3.3 million project is part of a larger program funded by the World Bank assisting vulnerable coastal cities with incorporating climate change projections into their planning processes and with undertaking adaptive measures in close consultation with citizens.

The project will be managed by Cowater's  Local Governance and Economic Development Group.

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