The Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) was incorporated in 2000 and aims to develop the Orange River for the benefit of all the riparian States. It is the first formal body established for the management of shared water resources since the Protocol on Shared Watercourse Systems became an instrument of international water law in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
It is expected to strengthen regional solidarity and enhance socioeconomic cooperation. The Commission is supported by the UNDP-GEF Orange-Senqu Strategic Action Programme which – amongst other aims – is committed to develop capacities and knowledge in the water resource management field. To this end, scholarships are awarded to practitioners in the field.
The ORASECOM Scholarships are open to water sector practitioners with three to four years of experience who are ordinarily resident in one of the four ORASECOM member States, applying to start advanced studies concerned with water resource management at a university within one of the member States.
Government officials from the water sector are strongly encouraged to apply, but practitioners from non-governmental organizations and the private sector will also be considered. The award is subject to admission at the relevant university for the chosen course.
The commission proposes the two-year part-time Masters Course in Environmental Management at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. This course is aimed at practitioners who wish to pursue advanced studies in the field but may need to do so alongside their work or family responsibilities. The course is a distance learning course and requires ten weeks of attendance on campus over the period of the two academic years.
The scholarship covers all fees and living expenses during time spent on campus, i.e. living expenses for full-time courses cover the full academic year and for part-time courses, those periods spent at the university. Travel costs, books, and other study-related costs are also covered. The scholarship is renewed biannually and renewal is subject to satisfactory academic progress. The total value of the scholarship is between ZAR 80,000 – 130,000, depending on needs in terms of travel, accommodation and tuition fees.
Deadline: 15th September, 2012
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