“Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro), is a seven-year international research programme funded by the United Kingdom. It focuses on improving the evidence base around groundwater availability and management in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to enable developing countries and partners to use groundwater in a sustainable way in order to benefit the poor.
UPGro projects are interdisciplinary, linking the social and natural sciences to address this challenge. They will be delivered through collaborative partnerships between the world’s best researchers. The programme’s success will be measured by the extent that its research generates new knowledge which can be used to benefit the poor in a sustainable manner.
For everyone involved this is a really exciting opportunity to undertake great science and make a positive contribution to addressing SSA’s water crisis. The Catalyst Projects ran for one year and have established UPGro’s dynamic approach to research and impact. This report presents just some of the highlights so far and glimpses of what is to come. We hope that it inspires you to join us on this important journey.”
Professor Declan Conway, Grantham Institute on Climate Change & Environment, LSE
Chair of the Programme Executive Board of UPGro