IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (project leader)
The IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is an academic institution whose core activities are Research, Innovation, and Capacity Building specifically on water related topics. It is the largest international postgraduate water education and research facility in the world.
The Institute confers fully accredited Masters of Science degrees and supervises PhDs. Since 1957, the Institute has provided postgraduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 150 PhD fellows are currently enrolled in water-related research and more than 120 research and capacity development projects are carried out throughout the world at any one time.
IHE Delft centres its education, research and capacity development programmes around six key themes: Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation, Water-Related Hazards & Climate Change, Water & Ecosystems Quality, Water Management & Governance, Water, Food & Energy Security, and Information & Knowledge Systems. Through each of these themes, the Institute addresses the major water issues and challenges faced at an international level.
Role in AfriAlliance
IHE Delft is the overall project coordinator of AfriAlliance. The institute substantially contributes to all AfriAlliance activities, especially those related to knowledge sharing and technology transfer given its long standing experience in important programmatic cooperation, activities conducted jointly with its institutional partners in the Global South and its focus on demand-driven research activities. IHE Delft will leverage its international exposure in Africa and by strategically disseminating the AfriAlliance results to relevant key stakeholders in Africa and the EU.
Specific contributions are provided by
- Uta Wehn with expertise in the dynamics of water innovation, social innovation, knowledge management and citizen science, especially in developing countries
- Gaetano Casale with expertise in water services management, project cycle management and international relations; and
- Hans van der Kwast with modelling expertise for improving African monitoring and forecasting capacities