The problem: Groundwater investments are often pursued without adequately considering the associated risks. These investments then frequently fail to meet their development objectives. A broader, inclusive socio-hydrological approach is needed.

The approach: The case study involved a proposed 110km pipeline from boreholes at Habaswein to the town of Wazir. The hydrological, social and financial risks were examined through stakeholder engagement, modelling and social surveys.

Key findings: Investment risks were judged to be high as a result of risks of salinisation, socio-political risks and lack of knowledge. Stakeholders with opposing opinions appreciated the risk perspective offered and the opportunity for dialogue. They indicated that better information might assist them to reconsider their opinions.

Where? Kenya

Consortium grant? No.

Principal Investigator: Jan der Leeuw, (World Agroforestry Centre, ICRAF)

Research Team:

  • Eike Luedeling, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Maimbo Malesu, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Alex Oduor, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Dr Katherine Homewood, University College London
  • Boniface Kiteme, Training and Research Support Centre
  • Lieselotte Tolk, Acacia Water
  • Arjen Oord, Acacia Water
  • Sarah Ogalleh, Centre for Training and Integrated Research in Arid & Semi-Arid Lands Development

Research Organisations:

  • World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Training and Research Support Centre (TRSC)
  • Acacia Water (AW)
  • Centre for Training and Integrated Research in Arid & Semi-Arid Lands Development (CETRAD)

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