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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
2601 CW Delft
3000 Louvain / Leuven
Dar Es Salaam