CIMAS (Knowledge and Innovation Networks for the Environment, Water and Sanitation) is a program of the Bolivian Ministry of Environment and Water with the support of the European Union and the Spanish Aid Agency AECID. The project ran for two years (2015-2016) with a budget of €2 million and aimed to promote an integrated approach and the sustainability of public water policies and governmental services. The programme comprised 4 main work packages during the respective period aimed at (1) strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ministry; (2) promoting training and capacity building; (3) creating innovation networks and (4) communicating the key issues.
Fresh Thoughts Consulting was commissioned by Fundación ECODES (http://www.ecodes.org/) and AECID (http://www.aecid.es/EN) at the end of 2014 with a short-term assignment to draft the detailed Terms of Reference and Initial Workplan of the program. This was done based on interviews conducted with key stakeholders and donors.