UPGro Hidden Crisis fieldwork done in partnership with WaterAid country teams and with full support of government ministries in Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda, who adopted the survey reports [C8]

Research conducted in Uganda revealed the high rate of pump corrosion to the poorly galvanized iron pipes used for borehole installation. This has enabled WaterAid to deliver this message to the key stakeholders that can effect change to reduce the…

Rainwatch and farmer radio in Ghana and Burkina Faso is able to connect groundwater users in rural areas with forecasts and other useful information to strengthen their resilience [C7]

https://youtu.be/Gq9etCaG6DU One of the key aspects of supporting groundwater management is being able to cope with changing rainfall patterns. Rainwatch is a simple, open source platform which is owned and managed by National Met Personal from 15 different countries across…

Groundwater Game as an effective tool for stakeholder engagement and collaborative planning [C6]

Building consensus was done with the Groundwater Game in Tanzania to guide groundwater monitoring and management. In Tanzania, the GroFutures research team also engages regularly with users in the Great Ruaha River Sub-Catchment of the Rufiji Basin through it Learning…

Engaging with the White Volta Basin [C5]

The Volta Basin spans 6 West African countries, covering an area of 400,000 km2, with most of the basin falling within Burkina Faso and Ghana. The transboundary White Volta Basin Authority was established in 2007 to improve water governance and…

Development of understanding and tools for Water Resource Management in West Africa [C4]

The BRAVE project co-developed tools with end-users in West Africa to improve water resource management (WRM) in the face of climate variability and environmental change.  WRM requires sound scientific understanding of water flows and storage; in BRAVE we are improving…

Pan-UPGro workshop (2017) led to the completion of an unprecedented analysis of multi-decadal, groundwater-level records from 9 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa [C3]

The analysis was informed by the first-ever collation of long-term groundwater-level records across an aridity from hyper-arid to humid in Sub-Saharan Africa and an UPGro-wide, capacity-strengthening and knowledge co-production workshop held in 2017 in Tanzania involving Early Career researchers and…

UPGro evidence and approaches into a UNICEF guideline and an online course on drilling professionalisation, with WaterAid, UNICEF and UNHCR [C2]

UNICEF and UNHCR are major actors in global WASH, from high level policy to in-country implementation. Both have acknowledged challenges with drilling good quality boreholes that can supply communities and refugee camps safely and sustainably. Good practice guidelines, developed by…

UPGro co-generation: UPGro has been a catalyst for greater academic rigour and exchange between researchers and practitioners through its thematic and financial inputs to the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) [C1]

The UPGro Knowledge Broker, Skat Foundation, also hosts the Secretariat and leads the Sustainable Groundwater Development theme for the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), the only global network for rural water supply professionals in low and middle income countries. This…

UPGro Impact: Transition Management can build understanding, trust and joint actions between slum residents and authorities to improve access to safe water [D6]

https://youtu.be/EVgsqC1zHL4 Transition Management and Learning Alliances are proving to be valuable mechanisms for mobilising residents of slums areas, building trust between them and with authorities and NGOs. Residents in the three slum areas investigated are heavily reliant on self-supply from…

UPGro Impact: responding to declining groundwater levels in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [D5]

Addis Ababa relies on groundwater for more than 60% of its water supply. Water levels are declining significantly. Declining water levels is affecting access to water for some users. Rapid water level decline has led to some shallow community boreholes…