Antony Mwenje (Kenya)
Water Resources Officer
Kenya Ministry of Water and Irrigation
(Ewaso Ngiro North Natural Resources Conservation Project)
Master of Integrated Water Management
2013/14 IWC Alumni Ambassador (Kenya & Ethiopia)
Antony gained a BSc in Hydrology, a postgraduate diploma in Applied Hydrology and Information Systems for Water Management, and a postgraduate certificate in Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Integrated Water Resources Management.
He decided to study the MIWM when he realised that he needed knowledge of the multi-disciplinary nature of integrated water management to be able to improve the water sector.
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My name is Antony Mwenje. I come from Kenya. I am a Hydrologist employed by the Kenya Ministry of Water and Irrigation. I have a BSc in Hydrology, a postgraduate diploma in Applied Hydrology and Information Systems for Water Management, and a postgraduate certificate in Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Integrated Water Resources Management.
In 2010 I received an AusAID scholarship to study the Master of Integrated Water Management with the International WaterCentre (IWC) in Brisbane, Australia.
Working in diverse areas of Kenya, I experienced first-hand the challenges inherent in water resources management. I realised that a professional water manager would need to have knowledge of the multi-disciplinary nature of integrated water management (IWM) to be able to improve the water sector.
Also, working in the Ministry, there was a demand for us to provide guidance on policy issues, water resources management and regulation of the new institutions. It was evident to me that these skills could best be acquired through the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management.
My role now
I now work on the Ewaso Ngiro North Natural Resources Conservation Project (ENNNRCP) as a Water Resources Officer.
The IWC Masters program has greatly enhanced my knowledge of IWM and enabled me to fully appreciate the important role of engaging communities and applying knowledge from other disciplines while managing water resources.
During my time in Australia I had lots of interactions with lecturers and classmates from diverse parts of the world, with different backgrounds, views and experiences. This was invaluable in helping me appreciate the international aspects of integrated water management.
The MIWM has given me greater confidence in my work, a confidence that comes from knowing I attended one of the best programs in IWM in a world-class university, where I was taught by renowned lecturers, and where my classmates were, without doubt, future water leaders.
Also, the acquisition of the Masters degree allowed me to receive a promotion in my work.
Benefits for Kenya
The most immediate benefits of my studies to Kenya are being felt by the communities living in the area where I am working, where I have been able to intervene successfully in the completion of several water projects, and mediate between private contractors and communities in cases where projects have stalled due to disagreements between the two.
I wish to give thanks to all those who made it possible, in one way or another, for me to acquire the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management.