Training Programme on Mainstreaming Sustainable Urban Water Management at Kigali, Rwanda

Date:  September 13 – September 16, 2016
Venue: Kigali, Rwanda
Language: English

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with  Ministry of Infrastructure ( (MININFRA) is organizing a four day training programme on “Sustainable Urban Water Management” in Kigali, Rwanda. The programme combines two trainings namely: Rainwater Harvesting and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment including Local Reuse.

The Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) is a department of the Government of Rwanda. The Ministry is responsible for infrastructure policy and development throughout the country. The mission of MININFRA is to ensure sustainable development of infrastructure and contribute to economic growth with a view to enhancing the quality of life of the population. To develop institutional and legal frameworks, national policies, strategies and master plans relating to transport, energy, habitat and urbanism, meteorology, and water and sanitation subsectors; To initiate programmes to develop, rehabilitate and maintain an efficient and integrated national transport infrastructure network, including roads, bridges, airports, railways, and water transportation which will contribute towards economic development and regional integration.

About the Training

Rwanda is one of the densely populated countries in Africa. Rwanda suffers from lack of basic services such as water supply and sanitation. However the country has the ambition to improve the quality of life of its population by provision of adequate water supply and sanitation services. In Rwanda, despite of two rainfall season and ample water resources, the annual per capita water availability is 670cum/year which is very less compared to United Nations recommendation of 1700cum/year. Access to sanitation is even lower, with an estimated 61 percent of urban and rural dwellers using improved sanitation facilities. Water and sanitation issues need to be observed as an integrated development strategy because inadequate sanitation services are detrimental to the health and well-being of the population.

To meet the scale of challenges in area of urban water and sanitation management, government officials of Rwanda can plan, design and implement sustainable water management solutions in urban areas. In 2015, one day training programme was organized in Rwanda with Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA) on Urban Rainwater Harvesting

The thematic focus of the current training on Urban Rainwater Harvesting and Decentralised Sewage Treatment including Local Reuse, will not only contribute in situ augmentation of water where supply is scarce but also contribute substantially in abatement of pollution in various sources of water - river, water bodies and groundwater.

Aim: To capacitate state actors to mainstream sustainable urban water management practices.


  • To provide knowledge, skill development and attitude change of participants towards sustainable water management.
  • To capacitate participants for planning, designing and implementing low cost decentralised water and wastewater management at different scales.
  • To share experiences on existing and upcoming policies and practices from India and South Asia on urban water management.
  • To build south-south network of practitioners for mainstreaming sustainable water management practices.  

September 13-14, 2016

Urban rainwater harvesting (RWH) is not well developed in Rwanda. This two day programme will focus on urban RWH and the potential it holds in augmentation of water availability by using public spaces to recharge their groundwater or store and reuse the rainwater. The training will also showcase examples to bring in required laws to enable individuals to undertake RWH. The participants will get the opportunity to plan and design a RWH system and also learn about best management practices from south Asian countries as well as emerging concepts like water sensitive urban design and planning.

September 15-16, 2016

This two day programme will focus on decentralised wastewater treatment (DWWT) treatment and local reuse. The training will include understanding characteristics of domestic wastewater, principles of DWWT systems, hands on experience in planning, designing implementation of DWWTs at different scale, and operation and maintenance and monitoring DWWT systems.

September 17, 2016

Local contact (Kenya):-

Local contact (Rwanda):-
Ministry of Infrastructure
Republic of Rwanda
Phone: (+250) (0) 788659169/738659169
E-mail: /

India contact:-
Dr Mahreen Matto (Coordinator)
Deputy Programme Manager 
Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India
Phone: +91-11-40616000, +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257)

Ms. Shivali Jainer (Coordinator)
Senior Research Associate 
Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India
Phone: +91-11-40616000, +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257)
For more information on the training programme kindly contact:
Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla 
Programme Director- Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India

Mr. Jean Claude Mutabazi
Sector & External Link Specialist
Ministry of Infrastructure
Republic of Rwanda


List of participants
“I sincerely commend the training as it will help out our team to look into our policies to build a better future for our country”

- Hategekimana Emmanuel

“The training was very important for us but we require practical skills in the field "

- Tuyishime Jean Damascene

“The training was very helpful to me (more skilful). I suggest that more practice should be included in the next session”

- Jean Baptiste Ntagungira

“The training was very important and helpful for us and we liked the way it was conducted ”

- Mukanda Tismiye

The training was good but we need the second phase as well. We thank you for your assistance

- Mutezimama Christine