The AMI Foundation is an independent charitable association, under the auspices of the UK Charities Commission, governed by a board of international trustees, with administration provided by Aqua~Media International.
The Foundation’s principal function is to facilitate delegates (water and energy professionals) from the less developed countries to attend the annual international hydropower conferences organized by Aqua-Media, which are acknowledged as the most international gatherings of hydropower experts. The Foundation thus primarily takes the form of a grant-giver.
The Foundation recognizes that major hydropower potential exists in the less developed countries, which have the greatest need for water and energy schemes. Many large-scale construction programmes are moving ahead throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is essential that representatives of these countries are able to join the international hydropower community, to keep up to date with the state of the art in technology, dam and powerplant safety, planning tools, financing models, and environmental/social aspects.
Delegates who, in the opinion of the Trustees, are likely to gain valuable knowledge and experience to take back to their home countries, and who have some influence in their countries’ hydro/water resources development, are considered for sponsorship.