Matlhogonolo Mmese: An aspiring hydrogeologist in Botswana

Posted in : on 5 February 2024

When Matlhogonolo Mmese of Gaborone, Botswana, was 16 years old, she thought long and hard about a career choice and decided to become a doctor. But soon after, she realized that she didn’t have a passion for medicine. She thought some more and chose hydrogeology. That decision stuck. Today, Mmese, 25, is pursuing a master’s […]

Uncovering the socio-economic potential of Groundwater-dependent Ecosystems in the Sahel

Posted in : on 13 December 2023

In the Sahel region, where water resources are mostly underground, groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDEs) are important lifelines for communities, around which a multitude of social interactions and economic activities develop. Healthy ecosystems are key for livelihoods and economies. GDEs provide direct goods and services to humans including fish, livestock, plants, medicines, timber, and water storage and […]

The Cooperation in International Waters in Africa Releases its 2023 Annual Report

Posted in : on 11 December 2023

Africa’s water resources are a huge opportunity to harness for economic growth. CIWA strives to do its just-released Annual Report 2023—Water Knows No Boundaries: For a climate-resilient and peaceful Africa.

Harnessing the Potential of Groundwater to Enhance Pastoral Productivity in the Sahel

Posted in : on 15 November 2023

Pastoralism is a major economic and livelihood pillar in the Sahel region, where more than 20 million people rear livestock to support their families. The livestock sector contributes 15 percent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), but pastoralists are extremely vulnerable to climate uncertainty and water scarcity because of their itinerant lifestyle and the […]

Asia Namusoke: Making a difference for her Ugandan community and the climate

Posted in : on 18 October 2023

Asia found her CIWA-funded training inspiring, prompting her to create small, but smart innovations that are transforming the lives of the women and youth in her community of Kampala, Uganda.

Catalyzing Farmer-Led Irrigation Development in the Sahel from Shallow Groundwater

Posted in : on 10 October 2023

Groundwater is usually considered shallow when the water table is found less than 8 m deep. This allows its abstraction with an inexpensive surface pump operating by suction. Regional studies conducted in the six Sahelian countries—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal— conclude that there is huge potential to develop shallow groundwater for farmers […]

Innovation at at Time of Unprecedented Challenges: World Water Week 2023

Posted in : on 21 September 2023

Every year, water experts, policymakers, and stakeholders meet in Stockholm to discuss topics such as water management, climate change, and sustainable development, aiming to accelerate action towards achieving water security and resilience. This year’s topic focused on innovation at a time of unprecedented challenges, aiming to rethink how we manage water.

Building regional drought resilience is a marathon, not a sprint: Lessons from Southern Africa

Posted in : on 13 September 2023

The cross-sectoral approach to drought analytical work embodied by the Southern Africa Drought Resilience Initiative technical support program – SADRI – provides a new model for engagement in Southern Africa and regions beyond.

CIWA launches Male Champion Forum to transform gender inequalities in transboundary waters

Posted in : on 22 August 2023

CIWA has launched the Male Champion Forum to tackle gender inequalities in transboundary waters. By engaging men as key stakeholders, influencers, and decision makers, this initiative aims to create a positive space for women to participate equally. Let’s empower men to work towards gender equality and transform the water sector.

Sowing the seeds of change to solve the water crisis

Posted in : on 19 August 2023

Investing in water supports people, the planet, and the economy—it is a critical accelerator for achieving the SDGs. Globally, investment needs for the water sector exceed $1.37 trillion and must increase six-fold from current levels to meet SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation for all) by 2030.

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