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Systems research on small groundwater retaining structures under local management in arid and semi-arid areas of east africa

Objective

The research focuses on the (semi-) arid areas in Kenya and Tanzania. Within a setting of demanding natural circumstances, growing pressure on natural resources and difficult economic conditions including rural-urban migration, there is an urgent need to improve the rural and semi-urban local conditions. In Eastern Kenya, in the Kitui and Tsavo regions, several successful groundwater structures were built the last 6 years. The project will investigate the different parameters for success of the Kenyan systems with respect to technological possibilities sustained by social, economic, organisational and managerial factors of the communities and local government. The outcome is tested parallel in the Tanzanian area. Results in both areas will lead to the production of a manual for design, operation and maintenance of small water retaining structures, with focus on local management and community participation.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
Stevinweg 1
2600 GA Delft
Netherlands

Participants (7)

IRC - INTERNATIONAL WATER AND SANITATION CENTRE
Netherlands
Address
37,Westvest 7
2601 CW Delft
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Vital Decosterstraat 102
3000 Louvain / Leuven
PROJECTGROEP VOOR TECHNISCHE ONTWIKKELINGSSAMENWERKING V.Z.W.
Belgium
Address
Limburgstraat 62
9000 Gent
SAHELIAN SOLUCTIONS FOUNDATION
Kenya
Address
Isukuuni Place 1
Nairobi
UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania
Address

Dar Es Salaam
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
Kenya
Address
Harry Thuku Road, 4Th Floor, Ghandi Wing
Nairobi
WESTERVELD CONSERVATION TRUST
Kenya
Address

Nairobi