Unlocking resilient benefits from African water resources

Lead Research Organisation: Rhodes University
Department Name: Institute for Water Research

Abstract

Sustainable water resource development remains elusive because development has largely externalized costs to the environment and vulnerable people. There is a need for novel research theory, methodologies & practice in order to meet the UN SDGs and realise the Africa Water Vision 2025. We propose to launch an innovative research approach: the Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA). Our aim is to apply transformative, transdisciplinary, community-engaged research, to shift water development outcomes towards achieving the SDGs. We focus on continental water development priorities: water supply and pollution.
This collaboration brings together the ARUA Water Centre of Excellence (CoE) and UK partner, the University of Sheffield (UoS). The 8 CoE nodes are: i) Addis Ababa U, Ethiopia; U Rwanda, Rwanda; U Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal; Dar es Salaam U, Tanzania, Makerere U, Uganda (DAC least developed); ii) U Lagos, Nigeria (DAC lower-middle income); and iii) U Cape Town, Rhodes U (CoE Hub), South Africa (DAC upper-middle income).
We propose a country-based Case Study structure to support local research development and pathways to local impact (Figure 1 in Case for Support). We use an SDG6 (water and sanitation) centred model, that links SDGs related to landscape water resources with SDGs related to water services. (This model underpins the successful UKRI:GCRF Capability Grant:"Water for African SDGs"). We raise three research questions (RQ) related to water development priorities. Three catchment-based Case Studies address RQ1: HOW IS WATER USED, TO WHOSE BENEFIT? (Rufigi R Tanzania, Senegal R Senegal, and Blue Nile R Ethiopia). Two Case Studies focus on urban water pollution (Kampala City Uganda and Lagos City Nigeria), addressing RQ2: WHAT ARE THE SOURCES, PATHWAYS AND IMPACT OF POLLUTION IN URBAN WATER SYSTEMS? A cross-cutting Case Study addresses water resource protection and biodiversity in all CSs, and a biodiversity site in Rwanda.
By the completion of the project we commit to leaving local people effectively linked with institutions making decisions about water that affect them. Therefore all Case Studies address the question RQ3: HOW CAN LOCAL CAPACITY TO ENGAGE IN PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE BE DEVELOPED FOR: I) EQUITABLE WATER SHARING, II) COMMUNITY POLLUTION RESILIENCE, AND III) ECOSYSTEM PROTECTION AND RESTORATION?
The novel Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) provides a coherent methodological framework that will support Case Study comparisons, changed water development practice, and will embed pathways to impact throughout the project. The ASA requires engaged research, and draws on three core theoretical concepts, with associated methods: Complex Social-Ecological Systems, Transdisciplinarity, and Transformative Social Learning (Elaborated in Case for Support).
These concepts underpin four ASA steps, followed in each Case Study: 1. BOUND: Researchers engage with a full range of stakeholders to identify a relevant, local, water-development issue, and scope the Case Study. 2. ADAPTIVE PLANNING PROCESS: Stakeholders co-create a contextually informed vision of the future state of their selected local issue, and co-develop an objectives hierarchy to move towards resolving the issue. 3. CONCURRENT ACTIVITIES 3.1 RESEARCH Each Case study team addresses the specific research questions, delivering data for resolving the problem. 3.2 PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT Local people, formal, and traditional, water governance institutions together move towards local people being part of land and water decision-making. 3.3 STRATEGIC ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT (SAM) - stakeholders will be trained in a process for systemic, responsive, contextual, co-management. 4. PARTICIPATORY MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF REFLEXIVE LEARNING Researchers and stakeholders co-develop indicators, co-monitor, co-reflect on progress, co-learn and adapt, using SAM.
Following the ASA in the case studies embeds the theory of change, and the pathways to impact.

Planned Impact

In this project, ASSURED impacts are new, empowering knowledge shared among stakeholders, and relationships, co-governance and co-management tools that will outlive the project. Clearly defined pathways to developmental impact are built into the research methodology. Academic (publication, conference, active research networks) and policy impacts (practice and policy for a like AMCOW are detailed in Pathways to Impact). LIKELY impacts: economic benefit from fairer water access for local people; lower health risks because of better pollution management; and a demonstration of a new way of undertaking developmental research that supports greater equity and sustainability.

The Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) is the methodology that that underpins this project. Engaged research facilitates relationship-building among project researchers and STAKEHOLDERS, who are the BENEFICIARIES. Stakeholders include local residents and communities, non-governmental organisations, civil society, private enterprise, and formal water management institutions at all levels of government.

ASA steps ensure stakeholder benefit: Step 1. As each Case Study is BOUND, researchers team and stakeholders decide on the problem scope. This means stakeholders have clear, realistic expectations of project benefits, and reduces the risk of extractive research. Step 2. In the ADAPTIVE PLANNING PROCESS, stakeholders recognise they have a shared future, and collectively build a vision of resolving the selected water problem, and a pathway to reach that desired future. Thus, benefits of addressing the problem in a clear agreed manner, using research expertise, are formally agreed. Indicators of progress are agreed, embedding accountability. Step 3 involves concurrent processes: 3.1 The RESEARCH activities that will provide findings to address the problem. 3.2 PARTICPATORY GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT is the focussed process of linking local people facing the problem, with the people mandated to manage the problem. 3.3 STRATEGIC ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT is an essential tool for stakeholders, because the context of complex problems changes through time, and there are multiple causal loops. This tool provides a mechanism for responsively moving towards the agreed desired future. Step 4. In PARTICIPATORY MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR REFLEXIVE LEARNING, both researchers and stakeholders monitor the indicators selected in Step 2. At each project engagement, participants reflect on and learn from progress in terms of these indicators. When local people "own" the process of positive change the chances are local people will continue to collaborate accountably after the project.

In Senegal and Tanzania, local people specified in the project Case for Support, will have access to sound knowledge about who gets, and uses, what water, how and when. In Ethiopia, specified local people will benefit when landscape restoration outcomes are improved by a better understanding of surface-shallow ground water interactions. New data will support a water- resource management model, useful in negotiating contestations. Fair access to water is a primary driver of economic enterprise and benefit. Common livelihood options that will be supported include livestock production and vegetable and other crop-based agriculture. Effective water resource management contributes to food security. Hydro-power is a complicating factor in all three water supply Case Studies; benefits that accrue to local people compared with distant people, and inevitable power differentials.

In Kampala and Lagos city local people specified in the project Case for Support will benefit from improved pollution management, and from understanding how to become resilient in the face of pollution risks. There are evident health benefits from lower pollution exposure particularly to vulnerable groups like the elderly and children, and effective pollution management reduces water treatment costs and stimulates economies.

Publications

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Title DST Access to water and agriculture in rural communities in Lake Guiers, Senegal 
Description Ms Rokhaya Diop, a Research Assistant from Senegal node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product is being used for stakeholder engagements under the Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) process that underlies the Research Excellence grant. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leG7U5BaLG0&list=PLVIqMbfShhRpPNH4yUfzjUBbXqIU3Yc4h&index=6
 
Title DST Can Nature Heal Itself? A Tale of a Little Catchment in Franschoek, South Africa 
Description Ms Naledi Chere, a Research Assistant from the University of Cape Town node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product is being used for stakeholder engagements under the Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) process that underlies the Research Excellence grant. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z4qg3LDumE&list=PLVIqMbfShhRpPNH4yUfzjUBbXqIU3Yc4h&index=4
 
Title DST Groundwater pollution from a dumpsite in Lagos, Nigeria 
Description Dr Oluwasola Oribayo, an ECR from the Lagos node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product is being used for stakeholder engagements under the Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) process that underlies the Research Excellence grant. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RN958Zyk-0&list=PLVIqMbfShhRpPNH4yUfzjUBbXqIU3Yc4h
 
Title DST Hope for solving a water crisis in Makhanda City, South Africa 
Description Dr Rebecca Powell, an ECR from Rhodes University node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product highlights the issues in the town of Grahamstown which hosts Rhodes University, and the video may be used for stakeholder engagements. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
 
Title DST Participatory governance in the Tsitsa Project, South Arica 
Description Dr Notiswa Libala, an ECR from Rhodes University node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product maybe be used for stakeholder engagements about the Tsitsa Project in South Africa. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSdQfDFcUmM&list=PLVIqMbfShhRpPNH4yUfzjUBbXqIU3Yc4h&index=7
 
Title DST Pollution in the Murchison Bay, Kampala City, Uganda: A call to action 
Description Dr Prossie Nakawuka, an ECR from the Uganda node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product is being used for stakeholder engagements under the Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) process that underlies the Research Excellence grant. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpkj9yGj7Tc&list=PLVIqMbfShhRpPNH4yUfzjUBbXqIU3Yc4h&index=2
 
Title DST Water allocation sustainability in Rufigi Basin, Tanzania 
Description Dr Augustina Alexander, an ECR from Tanzania node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product is being used for stakeholder engagements under the Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) process that underlies the Research Excellence grant. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8doCsWetNp8&list=PLVIqMbfShhRpPNH4yUfzjUBbXqIU3Yc4h&index=5
 
Title DST Water quality monitoring using algae as bioindicators in the Akagera River and its wetlands in Rwanda 
Description Mr Alphonse Nzarora, an ECR from the Rwanda node, created this short Digital Storytelling (DST) video as part of the skills development DST class for Early Career Researcher held online in August 2021. The course was facilitated by the Rhodes University's Community Engagement unit. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This product is being used for stakeholder engagements under the Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) process that underlies the Research Excellence grant. The aim of the Capacity Building exercise was to transfer skills to the node to use storytelling videos for engagement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wud8H5plXc&list=PLVIqMbfShhRpPNH4yUfzjUBbXqIU3Yc4h&index=3
 
Description The project consists of six proposed project Case Studies that exemplify water-related challenges across Africa, and support progress towards SDG 6, the core water-related goal. In addition to the six Case Studies, there are three South African learning sites (University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town and Rhodes University) that are providing insights and learning opportunities related to Case Studies. The African Node research projects contribute to addressing SDG 6: water supply and sanitation, and therefore contributing to African SDGs related to water. The research projects will answer critical questions around improved water quality in African cities and improved management of water resources use and development across several large river catchments in Africa.

All case study partners have developed the background document (BOUND document) and research methodology and they have connected with stakeholders. Four of the six case study nodes have also had their ADAPTIVE PLANNING PROCESS (APP) workshops that help bring the stakeholders together in defining the Vision and Challenges and decide on the question that the node team will focus on. This question relates to sustainable water resources management and development in selected African river basins. The two nodes that are slightly behind have been affected by the situation in the country (Ethiopia conflict) or by the team experiencing a loss (death of the Co-Investigator). Some of the nodes have also met with their stakeholders either in the field or via online platforms to get their buy-in about the project. You can read the details of the workshops on the Water CoE events page https://www.ru.ac.za/iwr/aruacoe/events/.
Exploitation Route The CoE has actively, thoughtfully and cooperatively (through multiple discussion meetings) adjusted the plan for project implementation considering the COVID restrictions. The use of blended events and inclusion of all team members in adaptation of the delivery of the project has been a learning experience for all team members. Secondly, the increased capacity of the CoE nodes to work with their stakeholders during workshops has been a significant shift from the original plan (Adaptation and Learning). We have also been adaptive in terms of project outputs and opportunities that have arisen. Due to the project funding cuts, we have shifted the output of stakeholder participatory governance to that of stakeholder participatory capacity development, which is essentially a first experience for stakeholders of participating fairly. One of the team postdocs has also used the Value Creation framework (which is a mode of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of Reflexive Learning PMERL) to develop a methodology to generate a fine grained and nuanced understanding of value catalysed by the Project beyond what was outlined in the objectives and what was promised as deliverables. We are also working on bringing together natural and social science research being conducted by the various case study countries.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment

URL https://www.ru.ac.za/iwr/aruacoe/
 
Description The grant is creating a critical mass of researchers who can contribute to addressing economic and societal challenges related to water quality and supply and sustainable water resources management in the African countries. There has been capacity building of research teams in water management issues and links to social science. This capacity and awareness are being extended to local communities and water resources management agencies. The most significant contribution of the grant is to SDG6: ensure availability and sustainable management of water supply and sanitation for all. However, there are linked contributions to SDGs 3,8,11,12,13 and 17. Majority of the interactions between the Water CoE Hub and the Nodes across Africa has been online, with the exception of one training at the Hub (which was a blended event) and travel of Hub postdocs to the node countries to run their Adaptive Planning Process workshops. The online interaction has been generally successful although internet stability has been an issue in some cases. The increased capacity of the CoE nodes to work with their stakeholders during workshops has been a significant shift from the original plan which was intended to have the Hub team running the workshops. The Hub postdocs (who have travelled to node countries) and the Research Assistants in general have been the primary mediators between ground level stakeholders who would have limited or no access to digital technology. The Digital Storytelling workshops were well received as a capacity building activity by the Early Career Researchers who appreciated that they are now able to create their own videos. The Safeguarding workshops created a sense of equality, awareness and agency in the various levels of researchers and Research Assistants.
First Year Of Impact 2021
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description LAGOS: Willingness of government Officials to collaborate
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description RWANDA: Biodiversity and Water Quality
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Dr Tessema: ARUA / Carnegie Early Career Research Fellowship
Amount $30,000 (USD)
Funding ID 1 Year fellowship to be based at ARUA Water CoE Hub 
Organisation Carnegie Corporation of New York 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 09/2021 
End 09/2022
 
Title Adaptive Systemic Approach: A novel methodology for driving shifts towards sustainable and equitable water development 
Description The Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) is the methodology that underpins the Research Excellence project, which is being applied in six case studies, supported by 3 learning sites. Engaged research facilitates relationship-building among project researchers and stakeholders, who are the beneficiaries. The stakeholders include local residents and communities, non-governmental organisations, civil society, private enterprise, and formal water management institutions at all levels of government. The ASA steps ensure stakeholder benefit: Step 1. As each Case Study is BOUND, the researchers' team and stakeholders decide on the problem scope. This means stakeholders have clear, realistic expectations of project benefits, and reduces the risk of extractive research. Step 2. In the ADAPTIVE PLANNING PROCESS, stakeholders recognise they have a shared future, and collectively build a vision of resolving the selected water problem, and a pathway to reach that desired future. Thus, benefits of addressing the problem in a clear agreed manner, using research expertise, are formally agreed. Indicators of progress are agreed, embedding accountability. Step 3 involves concurrent processes: 3.1 The RESEARCH activities that will provide findings to address the problem. 3.2 PARTICPATORY GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT is the focused process of linking local people facing the problem, with the people mandated to manage the problem. 3.3 STRATEGIC ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT is an essential tool for stakeholders, because the context of complex problems changes through time, and there are multiple causal loops. This tool provides a mechanism for responsively moving towards the agreed desired future. Step 4. In PARTICIPATORY MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR REFLEXIVE LEARNING, both researchers and stakeholders monitor the indicators selected in Step 2. At each project engagement, participants reflect on and learn from progress in terms of these indicators. When local people "own" the process of positive change the chances are local people will continue to collaborate accountably after the project. The ASA methodology has been adapted during the current Research Excellence grant due to issues related to COVID-19. This is one of the strengths of this methodology. 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The ASA methodology is in the process of review and should be published in a peer-reviewed journal in the upcoming year. All the project activities and outputs listed in the different tabs of ResearchFish and the MEL report are all related to the application of the ASA methodology. The Theory of Change in the MEL report of March 2022 provides an overview of the impacts. The following five project outputs are the focus of implementation of the Theory of Change through research, workshops and value creation activities: 1. Bound reports for each CS identifying the local land and water management issue to address and the key stakeholders involved 2. Adaptive Planning Process (APP) reflection / outcomes report for each CS 3. Policy briefs and academic publications 4. Participatory governance capacity development and SAM objectives hierarchy for each CS 5. A Value Creation report on co-learning outcomes. So far, the project has delivered on Outputs 1 (complete) with partial delivery on Outputs 2, 3, 4 and 5. 
 
Title Value Creation questionnaire for evaluating benefits from ASA workshops 
Description Output #5 reported in the MEL report for the Research Excellence project (March 2022) is a Value Creation report on co-learning outcomes. Dr Matthew Weaver of the Hub team is leading evaluative research with and of the RESBEN project. The research he is leading is entitled: "Exploring the impact of learning catalysed from participation in the Resilient Benefits Project: A value creation approach". This project output aims to explore the value catalysed for coordinators, facilitators, participants and stakeholders from their participation in the Project. We understand value as individual and collective experiential, potential, application, impact, enabling, transformative and strategic benefits gained by participants through their engagement in the Project. The method for gathering the input is based on the Value Creation Framework created by Wenger, Trayner and others. The purpose of the Value Creation reflection forms that are administered after each workshop is to gather information on how the participants (all stakeholders) benefitted from attending the workshop. The form also provides the project team with feedback to help improve how we run similar workshops in the future. The identity of the individual remains anonymous in any publication and reporting of contributions. 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact To date, a total of approximately 200 value creation survey reflections have been collected from project engagements. Currently, the research team is in the process of conducting additional key informant interviews and concurrent data analysis, and a draft manuscript is in the process. Data analysis is also in process in terms of value creation theory. The following paper is in preparation: Weaver MJT, Henriksson R, Nxumalo N and Palmer CG (in prep) Exploring the impact of learning catalysed from participation in the Resilient Benefits Project: A value creation approach. 
 
Description CoE - Cardiff University 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Tally Palmer has agreed to be on the panel for two upcoming international Webinars being orgniased by Dr Adrian Healy. These are titled: • A discussion of novel methodologies for remote research and collaborative research where partners are distanced from each other and what this means for equitable partnerships (April 2021) • A discussion event to discuss the future of the resilience agenda in debates around the GCRF and UKRI (to which we'll invite the UKRI Resilience challenge leads) (July 2021)
Collaborator Contribution Dr Adrian Healy is an economic geographer, and a distinguished researcher from Cardiff University with interest in political economy of urban water, and the more specific context of household resilience in the face of uncertain, inadequate and/or absent service provision of safe potable water. Cardiff is a member of the research-strong Russell Group of UK universities. Dr Healy has connected with the ARUA Water CoE to explore the possibilities of collaboration. He has accepted a place on the ARUA Water CoE Board. He is also organising various webinars in which Water CoE members and also the ECRs will be involved in a future symposium possibly in November 2021`.
Impact Dr Healy has accepted a place on the ARUA Water CoE Board. We met with him online in December 2021.
Start Year 2020
 
Description CoE - UK N8 Universities 
Organisation N8 Universities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Water CoE has engaged actively with UK N8 University Research Managers and researcher in Ghana, Kampala and Nairobi from 2017. As a result, 20 delegates travelled to Sheffield University for a collaborative N8-ARUA Water CoE Research Workshop, 14 October 2018. We shared research profiles and areas of common interest and the N8 subsequently agreed to make funding available for N8 researchers to collaborate with Water CoE capacity development and research. As a result, four UK researchers participated in the first Capacity Building grant training / core course. Since late 2021, we have been in discussion with Dr Claire Walsh about a Virtual Seminar Series which will be started in April 2022. The first event will include a presentation by the Water CoE Co-Director, Dr Jane Tanner.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Claire Walsh, from Newcastle University invited Prof Tally Palmer to present a Plenary Paper at the Newcastle University H7O Global Water Security Symposium 23-24 January 2020. Second, Dr Anna Brown who is an International Research Development Manager at Durham University, met Prof Tally Palmer through the UK N8 University meetings. Dr Walsh recently informed us about the Newcastle Centre for Water which has recently been recognised as a University Centre of Research Excellence. This Centre will span across all our faculties and will build upon 70 years of research strength and impact in water research. The launch of the Centre will be on 25th April and it will be attended by both Dr Tanner and Dr Mantel.
Impact Dr Claire Walsh, from Newcastle University, invited Prof Tally Palmer to present a Plenary Paper at the Newcastle University H7O Global Water Security Symposium 23-24 January 2020. The paper was entitled: A learning journey of research, policy and practice, the pathway to the Adaptive Systemic Approach. On 22 January 2020, Dr Walsh convened and chaired the first N8-Water CoE colloquium: Developmental research as a catalyst of change towards social-ecological justice. There were 14 delegates present, and 14 participants from five nodes engaged virtually. After a discussion of the ethical implications of developmental research, participants were groups into 3 separate virtual discussions for an hour to pursue a discussion of research interests, before returning to plenary. We have agreed such Colloquia will become a regular feature of N8 Water CoE collaboration. Dr Claire Walsh has invited Dr Jane Tanner to be the first presenter of the Virtual Seminar Series starting in April 2022.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Makerere University - Water quality testing fellowship 
Organisation The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Developing the program for the Uganda node at Makerere University
Collaborator Contribution The partners are the funders
Impact None yet
Start Year 2022
 
Description UDSM - NORHED - Environmental Risk Management under Increasing Extremes and Uncertainty 
Organisation Haramaya University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UDSM (Dr Joel Nobert): Developed a joint proposal for funding
Collaborator Contribution Joint proposal development for funding
Impact Secured funding and the project is expected to start in 2021. Disciplines: Natural and Social Science
Start Year 2020
 
Description UDSM - NORHED - Environmental Risk Management under Increasing Extremes and Uncertainty 
Organisation Makerere University
Country Uganda 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UDSM (Dr Joel Nobert): Developed a joint proposal for funding
Collaborator Contribution Joint proposal development for funding
Impact Secured funding and the project is expected to start in 2021. Disciplines: Natural and Social Science
Start Year 2020
 
Description UDSM - NORHED - Environmental Risk Management under Increasing Extremes and Uncertainty 
Organisation Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UDSM (Dr Joel Nobert): Developed a joint proposal for funding
Collaborator Contribution Joint proposal development for funding
Impact Secured funding and the project is expected to start in 2021. Disciplines: Natural and Social Science
Start Year 2020
 
Description UDSM - NORHED - Environmental Risk Management under Increasing Extremes and Uncertainty 
Organisation Uganda Martyrs University
Country Uganda 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UDSM (Dr Joel Nobert): Developed a joint proposal for funding
Collaborator Contribution Joint proposal development for funding
Impact Secured funding and the project is expected to start in 2021. Disciplines: Natural and Social Science
Start Year 2020
 
Description UKZN - Cross-learning across two South African Catchments on power and local water governance 
Organisation South African National Biodiversity Institute
Country South Africa 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) node: Cross-learning with collaborators at Institute of Natural Resources, Mahlathini Development Foundation and South African National Biodiversity Institute (Living Catchment Project)
Collaborator Contribution University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) node: Cross-learning with collaborators at Institute of Natural Resources, Mahlathini Development Foundation and South African National Biodiversity Institute (Living Catchment Project)
Impact No tangible outputs or outcomes yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description ARUA Water CoE Workshop at the 3rd ARUA Biennial Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ARUA Water CoE hosted a workshop at the third ARUA Biennial conference, a virtual event held on the 19th of November 2021. The theme was 'Digital Storytelling of African Water Challenges' linked to human health and well-being and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Digital Storytelling (DST) is an approach to the ancient art of storytelling that uses modern technologies to create short stories comprising different elements of multimedia - photo, video, and audio. DST has multiple uses within the research environment, such as collecting stories, data, monitoring and evaluation, reflection and learning.

The goal of the CoE workshop was to showcase how digital storytelling can enhance science communication with civil society in relation to the work Early Career Researchers (ECRs) of the Water CoE are conducting under the ARUA-UKRI Grants.

The workshop was attended by 34 people including representatives from our Water CoE African Nodes and other international guests (see Figure xx below). The main successes and outcomes of the workshop included:

a. Showcasing our work as Water CoE on an international front to generate awareness and foster potential future collaborations. During the workshop there was an expression of interest of collaboration on research work between two of the African Nodes?
b. Showcasing how our work as an ARUA Water CoE links to the SDGs, contributing particularly to SDG6 - improved and equitable water supply.
c. Demonstrating the use of digital storytelling as an innovative and accessible tool to generate awareness around local water challenges and to communicate scientific research findings to civil society and local water managers.
d. A rich discussion was generated around how digital storytelling could be used in future work of the Water CoE to forefront the voices of local communities usually marginalised in local water management decision making. In particular, each Node ECR was given advice on how they could improve the use of digital storytelling in this regard from other more experienced practitioners in the water sector.

In conclusion, the Water CoE workshop generated excitement and presented an opportunity for our partners to further explore the use of the tool in their water related work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://arua.org.za/arua-2021-biennial-international-conference/
 
Description Cardiff U: Research at a distance: novel approaches and equitable partnership workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research at a Distance: Changing Approaches and Equitable Partnerships workshop was hosted by Dr Adrian Healy, UKRI Future Leader Fellow, Cardiff University on 12 April 2021. The workshop was 2 hours and 30 min long and comprised a formal working group with a number of experts such as academics, NGOs and research practitioners from different countries who are part of the collaborating partners of Cardiff University UK. Members of the Water CoE including Prof Ezechiel Longe, Ms Sandra Mutesi, Ms Rokhaya Diop, Prof Zerihun Woldu, Dr James Akanmu, Dr Sukhmani Mantel and Dr Bukho Gusha were among more than 30 people who attended this workshop.

The workshop was organised as an interactive event, with breakout rooms for facilitating outcomes of the workshop that highlighted some of the good practices identified, the opportunities presented by different methodologies and pitfalls to be avoided. During the workshop it was clear that researchers are facing a lot of challenges in conducting research due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is especially so for researchers that are required to collect qualitative data as 'lockdown' regulations have restricted the opportunities for face-to-face contact. As a result, it was mentioned that this has led to researchers exploring alternative methodologies that do not require the physical presence of the researcher. This is occurring at both the local scale and more globally, as international collaborations are moved online and undertaken at a distance. These novel approaches offer both opportunities for new working relationships, but they may also present challenges. The workshop was divided into 2 parts to unpack and identify new methodologies while conducting ethical and equitable research.

Rob Meckin spoke about adaptations in research approaches in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. In his presentation, he mainly focused on undertaking social research during Covid-19 times where social and physical restrictions are the major restrictions and requires change in the methodologies and practices in order to keep going. However these changes need more funding support. This presentation was followed by facilitated breakout room discussions using a method of Research Rivers which was an opportunity for participants to share their experiences of undertaking, or developing, approaches to research at a distance. The breakout rooms ended up discussing way forward and how to carry on during Covid-19 times. Some participants highlighted that the situation also presents opportunities such as using online technology, using champions within groups to facilitate research, create resources for participants and connect more people since not travelling.

Prof Tally Palmer gave a presentation on 'Ethical and Equitable Research Partnerships in a Covid-19 era'. She started her talk by introducing the ARUA Water CoE, its founding principles and its partners. Some of the principles she mentioned are to protect the most vulnerable (push the system) and what type of seeds of innovation can explode out of it, and how to shift landscapes to make them less about self-interest. She noted how the CoE has been affected by the UK funding cuts and mentioned that the situation has shown that sometimes principles are more useful than rules. She also mentioned the radical learning experience of allowing the nodes to lead the research in the spirit of the original proposal.

Her presentation was followed by panelists who spoke about framing the issues and their perspectives. The panelists were Sana Contractor (chsj), Artwell Kadungure (Training and Research Support Centre, TARSC) and Sabrina Rasheed (iccdr'b). During the discussions, it emerged that a challenge still exists on who gets to the field to collect data during this time of Covid-19 and who benefits from the data. Therefore, discussions were seeking to explore potentially new methodological approaches in the framework of decolonising research and the need for an ethical and full transition towards meaningful equitable partnerships with 'local' and national researchers. One of the positive takeaways was that grassroot communities have shown resilience, flexibility and creativity through this time, and there is opportunity to collaborate and shift research approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ru.ac.za/iwr/latestnews/researchatadistancenovelapproachesandequitablepartnershipworksho...
 
Description Cardiff U: Virtual event on "AU-EU-UK collaborations: emerging opportunities and prior learning for water and resilience research" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Tally Palmer, from Rhodes University, Institute for Water Research (IWR) and the Director of the ARUA Water Centre of Excellence (CoE), was involved as a contributor in an event that shared emerging lessons on themes of resilience, water security and multinational interdisciplinary research partnerships in the context of UK and EU funding programmes on 6th July. The event was organized by Dr Adrian Healy, a Future Leaders Fellow at Cardiff University. The event included presentations from existing projects in order to learn from previous programmes promoting resilience under UK funding. With a focus on practical examples of AU-EU-UK collaborations the event shared knowledge of past activities, future potentials and the opportunities emerging from national and European Union funding programmes. The event raised awareness and built prospective research communities.

The programme included presentations from representatives of European Commission and Welsh Government and on-going collaborations under Horizon 2020. Fadila Boughanemi (European Commission) introduced the Horizon Europe programme and highlighted the opportunities for cooperation with partners in Africa. Calum White (Welsh Government) introduced the new International Learning Exchange (ILE) that has been launched by Welsh Government. Amongst other things this can support the development of new collaborations through staff mobility (including the development of projects with international partners and strategic partnerships).

Mark Pelling (Kings College London), Tally Palmer (Rhodes University) and Esther Diez Cebollero (Water JPI) provided insights based on their own experience. Tally Palmer highlighted how research funding tends to be relatively short-term (3 years or less) and asked whether a different approach is needed to help develop sustainable impacts. Building relationships and working collaboratively takes time. Mark Pelling outlined some key principles for collaborative working that have emerged from the experience of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded projects in the construction of co-production and interdisciplinarity, namely: communication, sharing values and language; being problem-focused and focus-led (helps to organise multiple view points and to avoid assumptions about role/contribution); be flexible and be prepared to fail and learn (and know when to change direction) - how do we build monitoring and evaluation systems so that we know when to change direction and perhaps partner in ways that are not destructive; ownership of incentives and framing of incentives (recognise value of publications as an incentive don't dismiss them); relationships take time, understanding and empathy (and we must think differently about remote working).

Mark and Tally both also highlighted the moral and ethical elements to sustaining partnerships and relationships, as the GCRF cuts have brought to the fore. We should also not overlook the significance of transdisciplinarity (respecting different knowledges) - the opportunity to engage in participatory actions involving a range of actors (boundary spanning). Who has the skillset to connect and combine the networks of knowledge that are needed to shift problems? A common theme was the importance of spending time to build shared expectations of the roles everyone has, to ensure equity and to lay the foundations for open and transparent working practices (including open (and devolved) budgets). A valuable approach is to not assume that English will be the default language (with translation to English).

Looking to the future, there is likely to be a push for a global shift towards adaptation approaches in response to climate change. Speakers noted their expectation that this will promote research agendas (and funding) and include connections to social and economic justice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Lancaster U: Social Science and power 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The main purpose of the Social Science Methods group is to build capacity on qualitative methods and theories of power. The group is led by the Lancaster U postdoc supported by the Research Excellence grant, Dr Ana Porroche-Escudero.

http://www.research.lancs.ac.uk/portal/en/people/ana-porrocheescudero(ed61266f-042e-46e0-9b2c-7e6ebf6a3f00).html

The group has been meeting periodically since July 2021. The plans to collect social science data on power in relation to water governance in the different nodes is progressing well. Challenges: (1) he overarching theme is power and water governance. However each node is taking a slightly different angle to investigate power (e.g. in relation to pollution or participation in water governance). (2) The Research Assistants have different skills and confidence conducting qualitative research means that we had to design an accelerated workshop on methods (SOLUTION); (3) Poor internet connection has been a real problem to engage and ease communication. SOLUTION: whatsapp groups, individual meetings and phone calls, etc
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Makerere U, Uganda Presentation: The fate of personal care products in water systems in Kampala, Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 18 graduate students attended which led to a greater discussion on water quality management and how we can contribute to the water week conference run by the Ministry of Water and Environment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://gorilla.mak.ac.ug/call-abstracts
 
Description Makerere U, Uganda Presentation: Unlocking resilient benefits from African water resources: A case study of Kampala City, Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Building Resilient Communities, Ecosystems and Livelihoods under Global Environmental Change. More than 100 persons attended, presented papers that shall be published in a Springer special issue publication
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://gorilla.mak.ac.ug/
 
Description Makerere U, Uganda: Research data collection on key informant interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 15 one-on-one interviews were undertaken to understand people's perception of pollution, its pathways and effects, and how it can be controlled. Main purpose: Data collection and understanding pollution context among communities. From this exercise, we got data for the social science aspects of the study, specifically on community mitigation of water pollution in relation to power relations. Location: Ggaba community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Makerere U, Uganda: Stakeholders Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Makerere University convened its first high-level meeting virtually to introduce Uganda's participation in the international project "Unlocking Resilient Benefits from African Water Resources". Uganda brought together 17 stakeholders from a mix of backgrounds from formal water institutions including the Ministry of Water and Environment and the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Kampala Capital City Authority as well as top academics from the Universities of Makerere, Rhodes (South Africa, SA), Sheffield and Lancaster (UK). The Ugandan node will look at the sources, pathways and impact of pollution in urban water. The meeting was well represented by top academics from Makerere University and formal water institutions at different levels of government. The node is in the process of revisiting its approach to engaging a wide range of stakeholders including local residents, civil society, non-governmental organisations and private business, government ministries, local governments, and water management agencies. By bringing together a wide array of knowledges from Uganda, and in partnership African countries and the UK, the project aims to shift water development practice towards greater equity and sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Nigeria node in-country Adaptive Planning Process (APP) workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Location: Lagos. About fifty stakeholders attended the program. It was an opportunity for stakeholders to meet one another, hear each other's perspectives and explore the potential of collaboration in relation to the contamination of water resources. The stakeholders were satisfied and are looking forward to next meeting and further contributions to the set objectives. However, some community dwellers were expecting that more incentives (finance) be given to them apart from the souvenir pack (containing branded shirt, jotter, biro, feedback note, agenda etc.) and feeding aspect given to them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Rwanda U: Training workshop on sampling and identification of algae as biological indicators of water quality 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 5 postgraduate students attended the training on sampling and identification of algae. The main purpose was to equip participants with skills and knowledge to integrate biological indicators in water quality assessment. The location was around Akagera river, Rwanda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Rwanda node in-country Adaptive Planning Process (APP) workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of the Rwanda APP workshop was to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to meet and explore current issues related to the Akagera and Nyabarongo river management, create a vision for its sustainable management and develop the objective hierarchy to achieve that vision. The vision created is: "Healthy Catchments that promote socio-economic wellbeing of people through evidence based integrated water and land management". We also formed two teams among participants and voted for leaders of these groups. These teams will work together to achieve the vision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Rwanda's wetlands conservation: A webinar organized in line with the celebration of the World Wetland Day 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. Its aim is to raise the global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands signed on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar city, Iran. In this regard, the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB), based in the College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda hosted a webinar to discuss the current status of wetlands conservation in Rwanda, and to explore the challenges and opportunities.

The webinar was organized on 2 February 2022, where six speakers from three institutions participated. These were Mr. Alphonse Nzarora (Research Assistant for the UKRI-funded ARUA Water CoE project titled 'Unlocking Resilient Benefits form African Water Resources' [RESBEN] https://www.ru.ac.za/iwr/aruacoe/ and Assistant Lecturer at the University of Rwanda), Professor Elias Bizuru (Research Associate of the CoEB and lecturer at the University of Rwanda),Mr. Jean Ferus Niyomwungeri (Community Conservation Programme Manager at Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association), Dr. Deo Ruhagazi (Senior Programme Manager and Veterinarian at Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association), Mrs Christelle Suavis Iradukunda (Bugesera Landscape Manager at Albertine Rift Conservation Society, ARCOS) and Mrs Brigitte Kanyamugenge (Head of Community Development Programme at ARCOS). The webinar was attended by 104 participants and took place on google meet. Participants came from different disciplines across the planet.

Alphonse Nzarora in his presentation stressed the importance of using biological indicators in water quality monitoring. He specified that one of the benefits of the use of bioindicators is their ability to indicate some of the indirect effects of pollutants that cannot be indicated by physical and chemical measurements. He also added that biological assessment of water quality is comparatively cost-efficient and requires basic equipment compared to the use of physicochemical properties. He concluded that biological indicators could be an answer where financial limitations are an issue for monitoring water quality.

Elias Bizuru presented about the sustainable use of wetlands in Rwanda. He highlighted different ecosystem services provided by wetlands and mentioned some of the opportunities and challenges faced by wetland conservation in Rwanda. The opportunities include the availability of water for irrigation and the rich biodiversity while challenges include invasive species and pollution from inorganic pollutants from agriculture.

Christelle Iradukunda and Mr. Brigitte Kanyamugenge presented about the efforts made by ARCOS to restore the Amasangano wetland located in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. The Amasangano wetland is located at the confluence between Akanyaru and Nyabarongo Rivers. This wetland was recently impacted by unsustainable agriculture, invasive species, unsustainable fishing, and quarries for clay extraction. Additional challenges in the area include droughts and floods while opportunities include tourism activities.

Jean Ferus Niyomwungeri and Mr. Deo Ruhagazi shared a pre-recorded video about the work of RWCA to protect wetlands that are home to endangered grey crowned cranes. According to the video shared during the webinar, RWCA has restored Umusambi village, a privately owned touristic wetland located at Kabuga, in Kigali city. The restored wetland is now home to cranes. Further, the video revealed an almost doubling in the number of cranes in Rwanda from 487 in 2017 to 997 in 2021.

In the open discussion, Dr. Deo Ruhagazi mentioned that wetlands in Rwanda are divided into three classes. He said that some wetlands are fully protected, others are conditionally used while others are unconditionally used. Fully protected wetlands are only for conservation and no activity should take place there except conservation activity. Wetlands which are used conditionally can be used for limited activities such as organic agriculture while wetlands which are used unconditionally can be used for any activity according to preferences of the owner.

Conclusion: This webinar was an opportunity to share experience among different researchers working in different organizations and those who have a stake in wetland conservation. All discussions were intended to guide future research and restoration activities. The webinar stressed the importance of checking the class of the wetland, whether it is to be used conditionally or unconditionally or if it is fully protected before any intervention. The other recommendation is to look back at the wetland's history and check the original status of the wetland. This information will then guide restoration activities especially when choosing which plants need to be planted in a given wetland. The other importance of this information is to be able to set realistic targets when planning restoration interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ54yLtHg1I
 
Description Senegal node in-country Adaptive Planning Process (APP) workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Location: Saint Louis, Senegal. Main purpose: Conduct an Adaptive Planning Process (APP) in a facilitated and engaged two-day workshop with researchers and stakeholders, following the method of Palmer et al. (2018). The stakeholders were divided into two groups each facilitated by two Research Assistants. The working sessions were supervised by Prof Faye and Prof Kane of the Senegal node.
Activity 1: Current Concerns. The objective was to identify and discuss the current concerns of the stakeholders gathered around the Lake Guiers basin. It allows participants to feel less alone with their concerns and to get an idea of the difficulties encountered by the different stakeholders.

Activity 2: Vision. The aim is to establish a shared vision for the development of the Lake Guiers catchment. After listing the concerns and getting a picture of how people see the Guiers Lake catchment, stakeholders had the opportunity to describe what they would like the future to be and to work towards a common vision. It is important that the vision is truly shared and that stakeholders can commit to how they will contribute to achieving that vision. The main vision agreed upon was: "A better knowledge and efficient and participatory management of the Guiers basin for water security by 2035 ".

Activity 3: Values. The aim was to identify the values that are important to the participants as they work together to solve the problem that concerns them. This is an important process to make explicit the values they share as a group. The main common values were:
Commitment; Equity; Solidarity; consideration; Courage

Activity 4: Context / STEEP. The STEEP session aimed to develop a common contextual understanding of the catchment/landscape/system. This step consisted of listing the attributes of the catchment according to the stakeholders. Each of them gave the different attributes that they considered positive and very beneficial for the Lac de Guiers basin. Therefore, an important part of this session was also to think about the threats and constraints of the catchment area.

Activity 5: Objectives hierarchy. Participants have previously used the VSTEEP to gain a clearer picture of the challenges and opportunities presented by the characteristics (attributes) of the project system. They also have the vision. It was during these steps that they developed the hierarchical objectives. This stage aimed to move stakeholders into planning by developing a series of actions that together will move the vision forward.

Activity 6: General discussions and follow-up actions. After the restitution of the two groups, a discussion was opened on the governance, the observatory, and the reforms around Guiers Lake. Remarks were also made on water charters and codes and the need to take them into account. After a long discussion between the participants, a reflection was opened for the choice of a sub-objective to be implemented by the end of the project (2023). The SAED representative recommended that all actors be identified in a database by 2023 and the OLAC representative agreed, adding the importance of conducting surveys. Prof. Faye added that it would be good to set up a dynamic and digital platform but also spatialized. The meeting also agreed on the possibility of integrating degradation factors. Finally, the team and the assembly agreed to focus on two sub-objectives:
1. Identification of actors/roles and establishment of a digital platform
2. Identification of degradation factors.
Through these sub-objectives, the stakeholders chose to focus on the future: Sub-objective 1 which is part of the vision "Concerted and efficient management" and sub-objective 2 on the "Better knowledge" part of the vision and the hierarchical objective of the water quality of the basin.

Notable impact: All participant gained new knowledge about APP methods and social learning that can be used in their future research, especially in terms of methodology and evaluation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Tanzania node in-country Adaptive Planning Process (APP) workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Stakeholder Engagement Workshop at Mount Royal in Iringa Tanzania. Main purpose was to establish collaboration with key stakeholders for inclusive research. 15 participants from different group of stakeholders (water related institutions, large and small farmers) attended the workshop and were able to discuss the challenges they are facing and work together to find common solution. They started by formulating their Values and vision for their basin. All participants requested a copy of the report in local language so that they can use it to inform others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UCAD, Senegal node Stakeholder Mapping 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To identify the main stakeholders for the BOUND Workshop under Research Benefits grant. All potential stakeholders were identified and questionnaires were handed out to all stakeholders. It included regional institutions, local governance services, agribusiness, family farmers etc. The local farmers and agribusiness were sensitised to the importance of the RESBEN project in local governance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description UDSM Tanzania node: May 2021 University Research and Innovation Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In May 2021, the node project team members exhibited the project activities during the 2021 University Research and Innovation Week and were awarded second winner prize.
The main objective was showcasing the output of the projects and findings to the general public, especially industry/business, and secondly, to strengthen the link between academia and the industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op9RQ28Y5io
 
Description UKRI - Research and Innovation for international development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event was organised by Universities UK International (UUKi) for UK Official Development Assistance (ODA). There were 369 attendees from across the UK. There were a number of followup questions about how people would connect with ARUA Water CoE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Water CoE Hub team: TWENTY65 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following is the workshop presentation description: High quality public and community involvement and engagement (PCIE) can make a real difference to research, policy and practice. Yet, while PCIE is becoming an important framework guiding many disciplines, funding bodies and studies, discussions across the water sector (WS) lack a sufficient focus on this. The net result is often inadequate, ineffective and inefficient outcomes that impact the environment, the economy, public health and society. For the ARUA Water Centre of Excellence and UK partners, PCIE matters. The workshop introduced the Adaptative Systemic Approach (ASA) framework. The ASA is the result of a decadal iterative-collaborative learning process between members of the public, universities, and a wide range of agencies and practitioners across Africa. The ASA framework recognises that, along with transdisciplinarity, a focus on PCIE is the golden thread that must run through all the stages of the research. Using the ASA four-step methodology, the workshop gave real examples of constructive ways to engage with PCIE in applied research regarding water use inequity and contestation. The workshop format combined expert-led discussion with participant reflections and breakout rooms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twenty65.ac.uk/
 
Description Webinar Presentation Speight WSUP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Vanessa Speight presented 'An adaptive, systemic approach to community-led engaged water research' as part of a webinar series on innovative approaches to development, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) , 14 April 2021. Staff from multiple WSUP offices across the UK and Africa attended along with their respective water utility partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021