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Rasop-Africa Program’s New Coordinator Has Taken Office

Thursday, 21 September 2017
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Professor Ives Magloire KENGNE is the new AfWA RASOP-Africa Program Coordinator. He has succeeded Dr. Mbaye Mbéguéré. Professor KENGNE took office officially on Monday 21 August 2017 at AfWA Headquarters in Abidjan.

IMG 4711Professor Ives KENGNE is a Senior Lecturer, a Research-Teacher at the Faculty of Science of the University of Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon. He has more than 25 years of experience in the development of sustainable sanitation solutions for the management of sewage and wastewater, with innovative approaches adapted to the African context. After his doctor’s degree in Freshwater Ecology earned in 2000 at the University of Yaoundé, he also achieved a Ph.D in Plant Biology in Phytoremediation at the same university. His substantial and varied area of expertise encompasses wastewater and excreta management, water, sanitation and hygiene, environmental assessments, plant biology, freshwater ecosystems and solid waste management.

Prof. KENGNE, as a seasoned consultant and expert in sanitation, has carried out numerous missions for several international organisations, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and UNICEF. In addition, in his capacity as a Lead Researcher and Research Fellow, he has conducted at least ten projects in the field of water and sanitation, including the management of sewage sludge. Prior to joining AfWA, he was a consultant to RASOP-Africa Program and responsible for reviewing and synthesizing initial evaluation reports of the said program.

Thanks to this great experience Prof. Ives KENGNE has taken over Rasop-Africa Program, following Dr. Mbaye Mbéguéré, to conduct activities in the course of the last two years of this Program.

Funded to the tune of US $ 2.5 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, RASOP is a Capacity Building program for African sanitation operators through Learning Partnerships. This 3-year program started in 2016 is implemented by AfWA. The main objective is to improve the management of urban sewage sludge, as well as the quality and coverage of non-sewered sanitation services in the five sub-Saharan cities: Bamako (Mali), Yamoussoukro (Côte d'Ivoire), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda) and Lusaka (Zambia).