RWSN Collaborations

UPGro - Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor

UPGro - Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor

© 2014 Kerstin Danert/Skat • Skat Foundation

Handpump Installation

© 2012 Sunday Arafan • Sunday Arafan/RWSN

Borehole Inspection Using a GeoVision Camera

© 2012 Sunday Arafan • Sunday Arafan/RWSN

Drilling in Progress

© 2012 Sundary Arafan • Sundary Arafan/RWSN


Project starts: 2013
Project finished: 2019
Collaborators & Partners: Skat Foundation, Richard Carter & Associates + research teams from across Africa and Europe.
Funder: UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and in principle the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


Summary

A social and natural science approach to enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor.

Une approche par les sciences sociales et naturelles pour une utilisation durable des eaux souterraines en faveur des populations pauvres

Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro), is a new seven-year international research programme which is jointly funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It focuses on improving the evidence base around groundwater availability and management in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to enable developing countries and partners in SSA to use groundwater in a sustainable way in order to benefit the poor.


Project Description

UPGro projects are interdisciplinary, linking the social and natural sciences to address this challenge. They will be delivered through collaborative partnerships of the world’s best researchers. The programme’s success will be measured by the way that its research generates new knowledge which can be used to benefit the poor in a sustainable manner.

RWSN is supporting the dissemination and uptake of the evidence and tools as they emerge so that they are taken up into policy and practice by governments and other organisations.


More Information

» UPGro - main programme website

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» UPGro on the NERC Website

» Project Award Details