Conference Themes

The themes for the conference are shown below. If you would like to submit a paper for AFRICA 2019 please see the Call for Papers.

  • Site planning for safety and efficiency
  • Construction management
  • Materials for dams: past experience and future developments
  • Selecting appropriate construction equipment
  • Seismic design and tackling complex geology
  • Innovative solutions in design and construction
  • Hydrology: drought mitigation and management
  • Implications of climate change
  • Water infrastructure and flood discharge works (innovation, efficiency, safety and economy)
  • Sedimentation: planning and design approaches
  • Innovative spillway design
  • Review of plans and progress in Southern Africa
  • Plans and current schemes throughout the continent
  • Small hydro projects and rural electrification
  • Powerpools and cross-border opportunities
  • The value of integrated regional development
  • Project preparation; making projects bankable
  • Tools for project assessment and design
  • Appropriate project planning and benefit sharing
  • Grid operation: national and integrated regional systems
  • Impact assessment: methodology and experience
  • Mitigation measures for downstream environmental and social impacts
  • Facilitating communications with project affected people
  • Capacity building and training for best practice
  • Securing project finance for water and energy infrastructure
  • Chinese funding and investment opportunities
  • Legal and contractual issues
  • Carbon credits, carbon trading and income diversification
  • Appropriate low cost solutions for remote communities
  • Site planning: economy and efficiency in equipment selection; workforce training; health and safety aspects
  • Technology: towards safe and economic schemes
  • Hydro machinery for challenging conditions
  • Maintenance and timely refurbishment
  • Hydro in synergy with other renewable energy sources
  • Optimizing operation of powerplants
  • Pumped storage: technology, role in the grid and benefits
  • Approaches to complex geology and design for seismic areas
  • Learning from international accidents and failures
  • Upgrading civil works and powerplants to enhance safety
  • Health and safety of the workforce on site

Conference Programme

AFRICA 2019 will be the third international conference focusing on water storage and renewable energy development in Africa, co-hosted by Aqua~Media International and the International Commission on Large Dams.

The two main utilities, NamWater and NamPower, welcome international experts to come and exchange experience on key topics relating to water storage and renewable energy. Namibia has experienced a period of exceptional growth and economic stability (IMF Annual Report 2017), making it a prime destination for investments in the hydro sector.


Monday 1 April

Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons’ & Speakers meetings and reception.


Tuesday 2 April

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Wednesday 3 April

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Thursday 4 April

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors


  • 2 - 4 April 2019
  • Windhoek - Namibia
Gilkes - water-to-wire solutions
Gilkes - Water-to-wire solutions