Stichting WE Consult Africa

In March 2014 the WE Group founded a new branch based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands: The Stichting WE Consult Africa.

This foundation aims to facilitate and optimise cooperation and interaction between Dutch international aid organisations and professional implementing organisations and companies throughout the African continent.

Attention will be focussed on obtaining funds and exchanging knowledge on activities in the water & sanitation sector, in construction, consultancy & civil engineering. The Netherlands has an enormous amount of experience and knowledge in these sectors that could be put to use in developing countries to allow acceleration of their development, which is a primary incentive for the Stichting WE Consult Africa.

Background

Background

African companies often find it difficult to gain acces to European funds. Due to proximity, European based internationally operating companies are likely to have an advantage. They know the paths of local bureaucracy, are better connected to the donors and are more easily aware of what’s going on. Aid funds aimed at Africa therefore often end up with European companies. The aim of Stichting WE Consult Africa is to bridge this gap to the benefit of Africa based companies, because WE feel this a more efficient way to make progress. Moreover, we are convinced it will also be very well appreciated from the side of the donors to have the opportunity to interact directly with Africa based professionals.

In Europe donors, funds, subsidies, grants, tenders and projects initiated by Dutch or EU organisations that are active in the field of international cooperation will be actively persued  and contacted. Stichting WE Consult Africa’s Dutch members will be regular visitors to congresses, lectures, seminars and other activities in this field. In Africa, a similar quest for professional organisations and companies that fit the demands of an interesting project will be undertaken by the African members of the WE Group. The foundation will act as an intermediate to connect the two parties involved, in order to make funds available or exchange knowledge. Results could range from direct funding of projects, student exchange, training, work experience programs and all other activities that may contribute to our goal of accelerated development.

Projects

Projects

Our first projects so far, two successful applications for a grant from the YEP Young Expert Programme Water for an exchange program seems to confirm that we are on the right track! Very soon a Dutch YEP will join the WE Consult office in Maputo to enrol in an Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) program. A local expert will be contracted at the same time two interact with the Dutch expert and benefit from training and support under the YEP programme in The Netherlands. At the same time in the Aquaquest office in Lusaka, Zambia both a Dutch and a local YEP expert will be contracted to improve the understanding for the use of groundwater for irrigation from a climate change perspective.

Contact

Contact

Evert Kaatee
Chairman

Kromme Mijdrechtstraat 53-1
1079 KR Amsterdam
Netherlands

Phone: +31 6 3433 0075
Phone: +256 0 312 265 130
africa(at)we-consult.info