Program Duration: 2004 – 2008
Program Director & Coordinator: Dr. Kevin Urama, Executive Director, ATPS
Email Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ATPS carried out STI research capacity building activities under the auspices of its Water and Environmental Sustainability Program. The main objective of the program was to enhance the generation, use and communication of knowledge in driving environmentally sustainable use of water resources in Africa. The specific objectives addressed in this program were:
The purpose of the program was to contribute to increasing knowledge on the use of technology for the sustainable management and conservation of water and to empower stakeholders at the grassroots and other levels by increasing their knowledge on the benefits of good management of water, sanitation and environmental conservation.
Four main strategies were followed to achieve the program objectives during 2004-2008. These included primary research and research capacity building at both institutional and individual levels involving research methodology training, surveys, and extensive data collection and analyses and synthesis of policy environment; dynamic engagement and empowerment of stakeholders at all levels including engagement in research design, implementation and results validation; knowledge generation, results dissemination and policy advocacy, involving scientific publications, training of journalists, artists and other relevant stakeholders in science communication, national dissemination seminars, etc; identification and prioritisation of future policy research gaps in liaison with stakeholders, including press conferences, policy fora, etc; and active research valorisation activities, including writeshops, regional and international conferences, publications in various media, and active advocacy for implementation of small scale technologies developed by the program researchers, engagement in international and global networks for knowledge circulation and building partnerships, etc.
The final beneficiaries of these activities include:
Overall, the program funded 9 small grants case studies on various issues in 9 countries (including Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda); 5 regional baseline studies in 5 countries (including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria) and 3 regional policy review studies covering all the countries of the Great Lakes & Horn of Africa, the SADC and the ECOWAS countries. It has so far produced 64 publications in various media including popular articles, policy briefings and articles in peer reviewed journals. A book volume of STI for sustainable water and environmental management in Africa is in the pipeline. Other low cost technology for purifying waste water developed by a small grants researcher in Cote-d’Ivoire is also being followed up on for potential implementation in Abidjan. Recommendations of the Small Grants Case study in Lesotho are also being used to inform policies on Waste management in Lesotho. The program was coordinated by Dr. Kevin Urama.