816361 Development cooperation in the water sector (in Eng.)

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Eder, Gerald
Angeboten im Semester
Wintersemester 2023/24
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


This course is about the water sector in international development cooperation. Therefore, the lecturer invited ten representatives from various international organisations as guest speakers. Two to three experts will share their first-hand experiences and illustrate their work with extraordinary examples from various countries and thematic fields every afternoon. The course is spread over five afternoons.

The guests:
- Managing Director of HYDROPHIL GmbH
- Task Manager of the African Water Facility at the African Development Bank
- Group Leader of the Water Security Research Group at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
- Technical Officer for Water and Sanitation of the Austrian Development Agency
- Engineering Consultant with the Water & Sanitation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank
- Senior Environmental, Social and Governance Manager of the Austrian Development Bank
- Senior Water Resources Management Specialist in the Water Unit for Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank
- Head of Secretariat of the IAWD – International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area
- Head of the Hydro-consulting section in Vienna, AFRY's competence centre for Hydrology and Climate Change
- Member of the global SNV team and individual consultant for HYDROPHIL and the World Bank
- WASH & environmental advisor at the Austrian Red Cross

Each guest speaker will follow a similar approach:

The presenter starts by briefly introducing themselves, their career and the organisation s/he is affiliated with. The students will learn about the diversity of jobs and organisations. Hence, the course aims to show students the wide range of career opportunities they have in the global water sector in development cooperation.

Technical part:
Here, the guest is free to present any topic s/he has been working on related to the water sector in developing countries (or closely associated with it). The course's objective is to cover a broad cross-section from a thematic point of view. Contributions will cover the various sub-sectors, e.g. hydrology, water resources management, infrastructure development in water supply and wastewater, hydropower development, natural hazards, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The learning content is presented first-hand by senior experts and managers. Challenges of their international activities are discussed.

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

- LV "Hydrologie und Wasserwirtschaft I + II" recommended; or equivalent experience
- English language skills


This course aims to show students the wide range of career opportunities they have in the international water sector. Challenges in international projects are discussed from a technical and project management perspective.
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