A member of the Management Committee of the African Water Association since 2002, Claude Jamati has worked in the majority of the African countries designing and implementing infrastructure projects. He has lived in Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, and Morocco. After some twenty years in engineering, he then pursued a career with water system operators in France and abroad. He has been a consultant since 2004 for various international institutions and has worked for the World Bank and the European Union. He is a lecturer at the Rennes Institute of Political Studies (Master in Urban Networks Engineering) and associate expert with AgroParisTech in Montpellier. He is the author of a number of publications and papers on water and sanitation management and was recently the general editor for the collective work entitled L’Afrique et l’eau which includes 28 contributions relating to 14 African countries.
Droughts? Floods? Water stress? Water shortages? With its 30 million km2 located only about 15 km from its neighbour, Europe, the African continent is too frequently associated with a set of superlatives. Where is the truth? Is there only one truth? This continent that is so close through its historical, cultural and economic links and yet so little understood, despite its key importance for the future, merits some efforts to avoid applying...
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