The "African Water" SSA will take immediate action, and establish a framework, for long term improvement in the involvement of African researchers in the water research components of the Framework Programme.The "African Water" SSA is a vital component in t he delivery of major EU and member state politicalcommitments to strengthen African water research capacity. This SSA underpins the delivery of water specific commitments made at the Johannesburg WSSD and UN 12th Commission on Sustainable Development (NewY ork 2004). In particular this SSA is an integral part of the EU Water Initiative, to deliver research capacitybuilding in Africa.The "African Water" SSA will undertake a range of actions, developed by and in partnership with, Africanresearchers. The SSA wi ll bring together information, key researchers and research administrators in a targeted programme to provide African researchers with the knowledge and tools to more actively participate in allaspects of the Framework Programme. A key output of this SSA w ill be for Africans to defined their own researchpriorities and to feed these topics through to the FP7 programme. This SSA will have the catalytic effect of increasing African involvement in other research programmes (member states, international agencies , etc).Actions to be undertaken as part of this SSA will include : information dissemination through workshops,conference presentations, publicity actions, email bulletins, focussed explanatory guidance documents. All will be made accessible thorough the w eb and as hard copy. Actions will also be taken to increase Europeanawareness of African research capacity in order to foster outreach to Africa from EU researchers. The "African Water" SSA will increase cost effectiveness by working in partnership with co mplementary action beingundertaken by donors, international agencies, NGO's, charitable foundations and the private sector.
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