Research & Development

We conduct action oriented research based on; Water, its use, associated natural resources, infrastructure, energy (i.e. biogas & hydropower), climate change impacts on water availability and impacts of the extractive industries on water quality and availability.

Research & Development for Sustainable Water Governance

We are committed to advancing knowledge, innovation, and evidence-based solutions to address the complex challenges facing water governance. Through our research and development initiatives, we aim to generate actionable insights, develop cutting-edge technologies, and inform policy and practice for the sustainable management of water resources.

Our Approach

Our research and development approach is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and solutions-oriented, bringing together experts from diverse fields including hydrology, ecology, engineering, social sciences, and policy analysis. We emphasize rigorous scientific inquiry, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge co-production to produce relevant and impactful research outcomes.

Key Focus Areas

  1. Water Resource Management: We conduct research on water availability, distribution, and quality, exploring the dynamics of water systems and the interactions between natural processes, human activities, and climate change. Our research informs strategies for sustainable water allocation, integrated water resource management, and ecosystem protection.
  2. Policy Analysis and Governance: We analyze water governance frameworks, policies, and institutions to identify gaps, inefficiencies, and opportunities for reform. Through policy-oriented research, we contribute evidence-based recommendations to enhance the effectiveness, equity, and accountability of water governance systems at local, national, and international levels.
  3. Technological Innovation: We develop and deploy innovative technologies and tools for water monitoring, assessment, and management, leveraging advances in remote sensing, data analytics, and sensor technology. Our research aims to improve the accuracy, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness of water information systems and decision support tools for stakeholders.
  4. Community Engagement and Participatory Research: We prioritize community-based research approaches, engaging local communities, indigenous groups, and stakeholders as active partners in the research process. By incorporating local knowledge, values, and perspectives, we co-produce actionable research outcomes that are relevant, culturally appropriate, and socially equitable.

Research Outputs

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications: We publish our research findings in leading scientific journals, contributing to the global knowledge base on water governance, sustainability, and resilience.
  • Policy Briefs and Reports: We produce policy briefs, reports, and white papers to communicate research insights and policy recommendations to policymakers, practitioners, and the public.
  • Technology Transfer and Capacity Building: We collaborate with partners to transfer research innovations and technologies to end users, providing training and capacity building support to ensure effective implementation and uptake.

Get Involved

Join us in our research and development efforts to advance sustainable water governance! Whether you’re a researcher, policymaker, practitioner, or concerned citizen, there are various ways to engage with our initiatives:

  • Collaborate on Research Projects: Partner with us to co-design and implement research projects, addressing priority issues in water governance and management.
  • Access Research Outputs: Explore our publications, reports, and data repositories to access research findings, tools, and resources for advancing water sustainability.
  • Contribute to Knowledge Exchange: Participate in our seminars, webinars, and workshops to share your expertise, learn from others, and contribute to collaborative learning and knowledge exchange.

Together, we can harness the power of research and innovation to address the complex challenges facing water governance and ensure the sustainable management of our precious water resources for current and future generations.

All this is aimed at influencing the development agenda on issues of water.

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