UPGro invited by UNICEF to present at the UN Zaragoza Conference

(with thanks to John Chilton, Sharon Velasquez-Orta and Jose Gesti-Canuto) The UN-Water Annual Zaragoza Conferences serve UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day, which in 2015 will focus on "water and sustainable development" and celebrated the end of the International…

A tale of two cities: How can we provide safe water for poor people living in African cities?

Dan Lapworth, Jim Wright and Steve Pedley are working to find out. Reproduced from Planet Earth Winter 2014, p 22-23 Across much of Africa, cities are growing quickly. Current projections estimate that by 2050, 60 per cent of the population…

Africa Groundwater Research

9th December 2014 [PDF] Water for Wajir [PDF] Hidden Crisis - handpump failure in Uganda In this webinar, Jan de Leeuw presented his project's work in developing and using a decision-support tool to enable a municipality to quantify the risk…

How to… design roads for water harvesting and groundwater recharge

Roads can devastate a landscape - scarring it, creating barriers for wildlife and accelerating stormwater so that valuable farmland, habitats and homes get washed away or polluted. What if didn't have to be that way? What if roads would work…

Upcoming UK event – Groundwater, poverty and development

Save the date: Friday 28th November 2014 Timing: 0900 – 1700, lunch provided. Place: Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ, UK To register to attend, or watch online, visit: http://www.odi.org/events/4037-groundwater-poverty-development and click on "Register" This one-day meeting,…

Roads for Water: Effecting Change in Tigray, Ethiopia

from the WaterChannel: Question: How can dusty roads provide water? Answer: By harvesting and storing rainwater when it falls on them.  A 30 mm rainfall over a 1-kilometre stretch of road can produce up to 100,000 litres of water. This number…

Poster presentations about work in Zambia and Kenya (Video)

At the IAH Congress, we asked two of the UPGro researchers to present their posters: Jacob Mutua, Rural Focus Ltd, Kenya, describing the "Risks and Institutional Responses for Poverty Reduction in Rural Africa" Catalyst project Dr Dan Lapworth talks about…

High-Tech meets Low-Tech: Using remote sensing to help manual drilling

Drilling for water can be expensive: it can cost up to £10,000 to drill a borehole that will have a £500 handpump installed on it.  However, there are alternatives - manual drilling methods are often most effective and just as…