Citizen engagement: School Water Clubs helping girls and boys in Kenya understand water issues in their local area, across Kenya and the world

The Gro for GooD team set up three School Water Clubs in Kwale County, Kenya, to support water science education in secondary schools. This programme of school engagement was delivered with project partner Base Titanium Ltd. The research team, along…

Strengthening monitoring network and analytical capacity in Kwale Country, Kenya and the Water Resources Authority (WRA) [C10]

The Gro for GooD team supported the development of the KCWMP through ongoing engagement and sharing of data with the County Government and its consultants. Data from the Gro for GooD investigations, which included geophysical surveys, geological mapping and environmental…

UPGro Impact: UPGro discovers untapped groundwater resources for Kwale County Water Master Plan, Kenya [D4]

Detailed groundwater investigations by the Gro for GooD team in Kenya identified new and significant groundwater resources in the Msambweni area of Kwale County, Kenya. This is an agricultural area with a growing tourist industry where domestic, commercial and agricultural…

UPGro Impact: Handpump repair times in Kwale, Kenya, brought down from weeks to days. Kenya Water Act 2016 sets the framework for national scaling up. Fundifix business model is influencing the design of other rural water services [D3]

Background Financial sustainability, accessibility and reliability of rural water services is worldwide challenge, particularly in low and middle income countries. Furthermore, globally, 4 out of 5 people who don’t have access to even as basic water supply live in rural…

UPGro Science: Groundwater can de-risk economic growth [S3]

https://youtu.be/7gFID4h7ytw Although localised groundwater depletion is evident, particularly beneath growing urban centres, there has been no substantial declines in groundwater storage at a basin scale in Africa over the last 15 years and in some areas, there are substantial unused…

UPGro Science: Affordable maintenance and repair are one of the main predictors of borehole functionality, highlighting the need for effective management models to improve rural water services [S10]

https://youtu.be/XGQQSA5KooM TEDxOxford Talk (2020) explains the development of t he Smart Handpump (please note, the sound level of recording is quite low) The reasons for poor water point functionality are complex; there is not a simple strong relationship between good…

Meet Dr Johanna Koehler, a scientist working to revolutionise rural water services in Kenya

Interview by Oxford University School of Geography The vast majority of the rural population in Kenya rely on pumps and pipes for their water supply. However, when they break, they are often not repaired for a long time, as they…

The Top 4 Welfare Priorities for Kwale County, Kenya

My name is Jacob Katuva and I’m a researcher with Oxford University. I largely work in the water and poverty area. My research has been in Kenya – Kwale County specifically – where I’ve been looking at the links between…

Young scientist seeks to understand link between access to groundwater and poverty

Interview by Isaiah Esipisu, PAMAC news agency http://www.pamacc.org Jacob Katuva is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and Environment.  His research focuses on community groundwater access and poverty in Kenya. Katuva holds a M.Sc. in…