Appropriate Capacity and Training
for the benefit of Sub-Saharan
Africa Water Security

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The Project in Context

Aims and objectives

The overall aim is to improve awareness of and access to the knowledge that will provide more adequate water quantity of suitable quality throughout Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The objectives to achieve this aim are to:

  1. Enable SSA water managers and users to implement effective IWRM best practices to better manage water supply and use, waste streams and sanitation services in rural, peri-urban and urban settings.
  2. Address the calls’ specific objective of poverty reduction, economic growth and social development, provide a common platform for cooperation and collaboration on pertinent research and education, developing community support and training programmes and strengthening capacity of water and waste management institutions.
  3. Achieve sustainability using four cross-cutting trans-disciplinary research themes both inter- and intra-regionally on: (i) value of water; (ii) water quality; (iii) water quantity; and (iv) climate variability and change adaptation.

Stakeholders / Target groups:

  1. Water resource managers, (i.e. including policy makers and or decision-makers).
  2. Water users and their associations (i.e. in communities, agricultural areas and specific industries).
  3. Researchers collaborating to collect scientific evidence.
  4. Post-graduate students and early career scientists (i.e. the next generation of researchers and decision-makers).

Envisaged results / outcomes:

  1. Enhanced scientific understanding of the local enabling environment through a focused science-driven action-type research programme in each pilot area.
  2. The availability of a suite of appropriate and scientific defendable interventions to enable and guide IWRM in the context of the African enabling environment, where interventions could be technological, policy, metrics, standards, practice, incentive or culturally driven.
  3. The availability of a suite of training modules associated with the IWRM interventions that is on offer via local universities or as short courses offered by local SMEs established via ‘Train-the-Trainer” actions.
  4. Educational and practical ‘in-field extension-type’ guidance material associated with the suite of interventions that are available to the general public via hardcopy and the internet.  The material should be able to be used in communities and at school level as well.
Documents finalized will be available at the end of the project


Project Framework

Activity 1: Understand how a transdisciplinary approach can achieve better water quantity, quality and wise use
Activity 2: Work with pilot site communities and water managers to scope locally pertinent alternatives for practical solutions to specific water and waste stream management issue gaps and needs
Activity 3: Create a toolkit from the knowledge gained applicable to SSA
Activity 4: develop courses and material which educate and train at higher education and community levels
Activity 5: Upgrade an existing EU web-based portal to share IWRM knowledge applicable across Africa
Activity 6: Reach the point of implementing Pilot sites' agreed-to solutions from local / international funds

Project outline: Umbrella and sub-projects