The ADB selected the participants for this study tour among the projects it finances. Thirty-five ADB staff and project members from nine countries visited the Netherlands in 2018. The study tour included a seminar, workshops and field visits to see Dutch water expertise in action. The tour was a unique way to share knowledge and to connect the ADB and the participants with organisations in the Dutch water sector.
NWP works with different international finance institutions such as the ADB and the World Bank to facilitate the exchange of knowledge. These study tours are tailor-made and take into account cultural differences and knowledge backgrounds. Above all, they are a great way to meet other water enthusiasts and learn from each other.
Unique way to connect ADB participants with the Dutch water sector
“This was a very useful experience for our developing country members. Their new-found knowledge will help them bring their water projects to the next level.”
Bringing water projects to the next level
The ADB participants now look back at a very useful week. The tour was designed to be very practical and this gave the participants much relevant information for their everyday work. Several organisations from the Dutch water sector took part and demonstrated state-of-the-art integrated flood risk management systems that could be used by the ADB member countries.
After the study tour, Tom Panella, ADB’s Chief of Water Sector Group, said that “This was a very useful experience for our developing country members. Their new-found knowledge will help them bring their water projects to the next level. We are very satisfied with how NWP organised the event, from the technical to the logistical aspects. They set up a diverse and intensive programme that met our expectations and learning goals.”
These study tours offer NWP members ample opportunities to meet with financial institutions, learn about their work and the work of the people from ADB projects. It is also a constructive way to expand our international network.
The tour was designed to give the participants much relevant information for their everyday work.