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Research Case studies

International work within Africa


International work within Africa has also been a major development for the research group.


Funding has been awarded from the Water Research Fund for Southern Africa (WARFSA) to undertake research and development work in Malawi that has led to cheaper and more sustainable ways of providing clean drinking water from village wells, and is a step towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This has involved working with villagers, chiefs & community leaders in rural villages in Malawi over the past seven years. The impact has been highlighted in the JBM: 2010 Good Practice annual report, i.e.“The research work being carried out is innovative and sustainable and will lead to measurable improvements in water quality that use low cost techniques and natural resources”. Data from this work has recently been fed into a major publication: ‘The Malawi Water Resources Investment Strategy Document’.

In addition to actually undertaking the research work, funding has been secured from the Department for International Development (DfID) under the Development Partnerships in Higher Education programme (DelPHE) - Round 4.

This funding has been awarded to develop a range of new postgraduate courses in Africa in conjunction with the Universities of Malawi and Botswana. The focus of these courses is on sustainable engineering.


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