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UNESCO-IHE provides capacity development services to knowledge institutes and water sector organizations around the world. Through these operations, the Institute increases its global impact and helps to build sustainable organizations that are equipped to properly manage water resources and deliver water services to all communities. Services include institutional development projects, tailor-made training for organizations and individuals, and policy advice. 

In this section the outputs and updates of various projects as well as stories from alumni, demonstrate the impact of the institute, its alumni and partner organisations in the field of capacity development. Partners, alumni, staff and associated staff are invited to contribute with stories and ideas to develop this section into an online resource of best practices, experiences and stories from the field. 

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Engaging citizens for innovative flood risk management solutions

Written by Emma Meurs and 1 other, on 29 September 2015

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) provide new opportunities to involve citizens in collecting data about water. The EU FP7 project ...

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Stockholm, Sweden

Discuss Water Productivity Monitoring with UNESCO-IHE at World Water Week

Written by Wim Bastiaanssen and 2 others, on 21 July 2015

The development of technology tools for achieving food security, especially under conditions of water scarcity, is thriving. One of these new tools...

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Bangladesh and The Netherlands

Understanding the politics and potentials of flows of people and water in two dynamic deltas

Written by Michelle Kooy and 1 other, on 21 May 2015

Supporting non-linear delta disaster risk planning & pro-poor sustainable urban development in the delta areas in the Netherlands and...

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Water is life: the current status of the Mara River in Kenya

Written by Emma Meurs, on 30 April 2015

The on-going dry season has put a lot of stress on the Mara River Basin and other parts of the region. The Mara River and its two main tributaries,...

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Wetslum upgrading: emphasizing locational aspects by using floating apps

Written by Emma Meurs, on 31 March 2015

One billion people live in slums, most of them close to open water. These locations are the most vulnerable to floods and sea level rise. With...

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From unlivable to livable: improving the urban environment of Asian cities

Written by Assela Pathirana and 1 other, on 30 January 2015

The first phase of the MARE Asia project has concluded and phase two is about to begin. ‘Learning and action alliances’ have been set up in three...

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Drought forecasting in Africa

Written by Emma Meurs, on 14 October 2014

Drought is considered a natural hazard with a very large impact on people and the environment and is one of the largest water related disasters in...

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Burkina Faso, Africa

A Wakeup Call from the Drip Dream

Written by Margreet Zwarteveen and 1 other, on 19 August 2014

Drip irrigation is spreading among agro-entrepreneurs and smallholders in many countries, but it is not a miracle solution to water scarcity, food...

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The Netherlands

International relevance Room for the River Programme

Written by Chris Zevenbergen and 1 other, on 6 June 2014

High water level protection for the 4 million inhabitants of the river catchments in the Netherlands, this is the goal of the Room for the River...

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"Nigerians, let's secure our future by thinking about water"

8 April 2014

MSc participants Olanrewaju Yinusa and Anthony Akpan from Nigeria wrote a moving story about water governance in their country. They presented...

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Educating Ghana's Future Water Leaders

Written by Nemanja Trifunovic, on 22 January 2014

Ghana's water sector faces a number of challenges ranging from limited access to sanitation through to high water losses and low water pressure,...

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Towards a water secure Benin

Written by Hans van der Kwast, on 13 January 2014

Approximately 45 per cent of Benin's population is exposed to potentially unsafe water from sources such as rivers, ponds and wells that could be...

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Water Management takes center stage in Mongolia

Written by Wim Douven, on 5 December 2013

The Mongolian economy has entered a new phase of growth thanks in part to its booming mining sector, and whilst this has enabled strong socio...

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Networking on the Nile

Written by Jan Luijendijk and 1 other, on 25 July 2013

The Nile River is the longest in the world. Since South Sudan gained independence in July 2011, the Nile has been shared by 11 countries. It is one...

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