Merti aquifer: Kenya’s largest water source faced with resistance

By Peter Mutai NAIROBI (Xinhua) —Wajir town in Northern Kenya has never had a regular water supply system forcing majority of the residents to use water drawn directly from shallow wells that exposes them to many potentially harmful elements.
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Do you trust your gut instinct?

This blog post, for the ARIGA Catalyst Project, was originally published as part of the ‘Talking Science’ and Water, Land and Ecosystems Blog . 

Making better development decisions with decision analysis tools

Making decisions is difficult. Most of us spend a lot of time procrastinating about decisions in our everyday lives, struggling to weigh pros and cons and thinking through ‘what-if’ scenarios. For big decisions, like buying a car, we may do a bit of research; but most of the time, we simply follow our gut feeling as a guide. This is okay, as long as we’re right most of the time, and the potential harm from taking a bad decision is limited.

Focus group discussions in Madogashe, Kenya, where stakeholders are engaged in sharing their opinion regarding the pipeline project. Photo: Sarah Ogalleh/CETRAD
Focus group discussions in Madogashe, Kenya, where stakeholders are engaged in sharing their opinion regarding the pipeline project.
Photo: Sarah Ogalleh/CETRAD

Big development decisions

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New Catalyst Project website: ARIGA

ARIGA is the Assessing Risk of Investment in Groundwater Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa project being led by the World Forestry Centre in Kenya/ICRAF:

This project aims to find a more holistic way of assessing risks around the development of groundwater resources. The Wajir pipeline project was taken as a case study to measure the value of taking such an approach.

You can now find out more about the project and what is emerging from the research on their dedicated website: www.worldagroforestry.org/ariga