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IHE Delft 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. 

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Delft, The Netherlands

IHE Delft honours Prof. Álvaro Carmo Vaz with 2019 Alumni Award

18 October 2019

The IHE Delft Alumni Award for 2019 has been awarded to Dr. Alvaro Carmo Vaz from Mozambique. He came to Delft to study hydraulic engineering,...

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Jordan

Open source mapping tools prepare new generation of water managers

Written by Hans van der Kwast, on 22 October 2019

Traditionally the water sector uses a lot of commercial software with expensive licenses for hydrological models and analysis of spatial data....

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Zimbabwe

‘Bone-dry’ sand river of vital importance to Zimbabwean farmers

Written by Annelieke Duker, on 11 September 2019

In a seemingly bone-dry area of Zimbabwe, farmers still manage to find water. They’ve found a unique water source in meters thick sand layers....

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Worldwide

Finding the right balance: sustainable growth in SIDS

Written by Kimberly Wakkary, on 9 July 2019

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are located in the most vulnerable regions of the world and frequently experience natural disasters. Such...

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Kapu, Zambia

Why is fetching water considered a ‘woman’s job’?

7 March 2019

In many parts of the world, fetching water is mainly considered a job for women and children. It is well known, that this places a huge burden on...

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Delft, The Netherlands

How can European open data developments inspire the rest of the world?

Written by Hans van der Kwast, on 2 March 2019

March 2 2019. Today it is Open Data Day 2019 - a great occasion to reflect on how open data can contribute to solutions of environmental challenges...

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Worldwide

World Wetlands Day 2019: the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands remains important

Written by Anne van Dam, on 31 January 2019

The Netherlands is a country built on water and wetlands. What is the traditional Dutch way of dealing with wetlands? Drain them and turn them into...

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Kenya and Tanzania

When education, partners and research combine

Written by Michael McClain, on 22 January 2019

At IHE Delft, our mission is to strengthen capacity in the water sector and support sustainable development through aligned educational programmes,...

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Kenya and Tanzania

Before & After: Balancing Development and Conservation in the Mara River Basin

24 June 2018

Mara River originates at the Mau Water Tower of Kenya and flows to Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Mara is a modest sized river but essential to both...

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Cape Town, South Africa

A water crisis of urban proportions

24 June 2018

The term “water scarcity” generally brings to mind images of arid desert regions in parts of Africa and the Middle East. But times are changing and...

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Middle East

Taking on the water crisis in the Middle East

27 November 2018

Arguably the least water-secure region in the world, the Middle East faces exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future....

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Mozambique, Vietnam and China

Managing the invisible: Groundwater salinity in coastal areas

Written by Tibor Stigter, on 6 September 2018

Around 40% of the world’s population lives within 100 km of the coastline. With the numbers increasing rapidly, the pressure on coastal freshwater...

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Kerala, India

Kerala floods: Recovering through resilience in a disaster

Written by Mohanasundar Radhakrishnan and 2 others, on 3 September 2018

Kerala, the south western state of India, known for its beautiful landscape and touristic attractions, has been devastated by flooding. Kerala is...

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Sudan and Ethiopia

Many hands make light work: improving transboundary water management in the Tekezze-Atbara sub-basin

Written by Kimberly Wakkary, on 13 July 2018

The Tekezze-Atbara tributary of the Nile is perhaps lesser known than the more famous Blue Nile and White Nile. Yet, millions of people call the...

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Brazil

Turning up the voice of youth

Written by Rachelle Dwarka, on 4 July 2018

Tatiana dos Santos Silva is a co-founder of the non-governmental organization FA.VELA, that leads resilience and entrepreneurship projects in low...

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Vietnam

Improving leadership to kick-start climate change adaptation, from City-to-City

Written by Berry Gersonius, on 17 May 2018

Not too long ago, a story was published on the Global Partnership webpage about the “building leadership capacity to drive city-to-city learning on...

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Mozambique and Indonesia

Under pressure: relieving the pressure from traditional water supply sources

Written by Janez Susnik, on 13 April 2018

In many water-stressed cities in the Global South, the poorest do not have access to a reliable and safe water source. With the populations of...

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Worldwide

Building capacity in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)

Written by Kimberly Wakkary, on 28 March 2018

Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of countries that share similar sustainable development challenges. Such challenges...

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Vietnam

Sharing knowledge and building leadership from City to City

Written by Kimberly Wakkary, on 28 March 2018

“When people work together, their voice is stronger” says Quan, associate professor in Hydrology at Vietnam National University. Nguyenhong Quan...

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Indonesia, Asia

Alumni Award winner 2017 Arie Setiadi Moerwanto about his career

25 October 2017

The 2017 IHE Delft Alumni Award has been presented to Dr. Arie Setiadi Moerwanto. Currently the Director General of Highway Engineering at the...

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Worldwide

Insights on strategic delta planning in Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Netherlands

Written by Chris Seijger, on 12 May 2017

Strategic delta planning is a planning approach to come to more sustainable deltas. During such a planning process a vision is developed – the...

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New Delhi, India

A tale of an unequal city: Delhi’s waters through the eyes of female domestic workers

Written by Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero, on 31 March 2017

Researcher Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero and MSc student Rachana Sarkari analysed the routine strategies of female domestic workers when they access...

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mapping Nile controversies: the role of media in water conflicts

Written by Emma Meurs and 1 other, on 7 February 2017

Water wars have been announced by media and policy analysts over the last twenty years and the Nile has always been one of the rivers spotted as ...

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Southern Africa

Levelling the playing field for IWRM

Written by Emma Meurs, on 3 January 2017

WaterNet is a Southern African network of university departments, research and training institutes designed to build capacity in Integrated Water...

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Bangladesh

Delta planning: 60 Years of shared water solutions

Written by Chris Zevenbergen, on 3 January 2017

Bangladesh and the Netherlands have a long history of cooperation over water issues. Both countries face similar challenges with low lying deltas...

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Bogotá, Colombia

Playing our part in the Magdalena river basin in Colombia

Written by Emma Meurs, on 21 December 2015

What if a certain part of the basin was used to generate more energy? How would that affect the quality and quantity of the water aquatic...

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Europe

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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Mara Basin, Kenya

MaMaSe field trip: learning about soil and water conservation, wastewater treatment and rangeland management

Written by Emma Meurs, on 7 September 2015

As part of the Mau Mara Serengeti Sustainable Water Initiative’s (MaMaSe) annual meeting in August 2015, partners and beneficiaries visited five...

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Stockholm, Sweden

Discuss Water Productivity Monitoring with IHE Delft 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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Worldwide

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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Colombia

Climate change adaptation in Colombia: a tipping point analysis

Written by Leonardo Alfonso Segura and 1 other, on 23 February 2015

Under the lead of Deltares, IHE Delft and consultancy companies FutureWater and Sarvision collaborated in a project to demonstrate climate change...

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Indonesia

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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Africa

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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United Kingdom

What England can learn from the Dutch about Water Management

28 March 2014

Julian Hunt is a member of the UK House of Lords, former head of the Met Office and visiting professor of fluid mechanics at the Technical...

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Mongolia

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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Africa

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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Nile region

Capacity Building in the Nile Basin

Written by Jan Luijendijk, on 1 May 2013

IHE Delft's partnership with the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN) and the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). The Institute’s role is to...

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