DUPC2: IHE Delft Partnership Programme for Water and Development

Working with partners in the global South is a key approach for IHE Delft to help solve water and development challenges. We believe that bringing together knowledge and experience from different perspectives will help find local solutions and strengthen capacities. DUPC2 supports a large number of partnership activities on education and training and research and innovation. The programme also aims to create synergies and further collaboration between activities and partners. 

DUPC2 in brief

DUPC2 responds to the needs in many low and middle income countries to strengthen their water and development sectors and being able to better tackle urgent water problems. These needs in particularly manifest in the DUPC2 focus countries, which are low and middle income countries (OECD DAC list) and countries of focus of the Ministry with a specific focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Addressing these needs asks for improved knowledge, skills and tools to better inform decisions and practice, but also strengthened capacities of people, communities and organisations e.g. to develop, use and reflect upon knowledge, skills and tools, and their use in supporting sustainable and inclusive development.

The goal of DUPC2 is to provide tangible contributions to solving water and development challenges in the DUPC focus countries, by jointly equipping people, communities and organisations with the requested knowledge, skills and tools, in partnership with partners from these countries. The programme supports key aspects of IHE’s 2018-2023 strategy (e.g. strengthening partnerships, educational innovation, developing societal relevant new themes and approaches, and diversification of funds) as well as addresses priority areas of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (e.g. water productivity, water and conflict, Middle East and Northern Africa, women and youth, emergency aid, and digitalisation).


The activities contribute to one or more of the DUPC2 focus themes which are closely linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Efficient water management, particularly in the agricultural sector (Water and food),
  • Improved catchment area management and safe deltas (Rivers and deltas),
  • Access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation (Water and sanitation), and
  • Water diplomacy.

The programme pays specific attention to activities addressing water scarcity and water problems related to the refugee crisis in the Middle East, and cross-cutting agenda items are water governance, gender and inclusiveness, and climate change.

Regions and countries

DUPC2 activities all contribute to water and development challenges in countries in the global South. The activities are mainly concentrated around:

  • The Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, and Westbank Aquifer and Jordan River Basin), and wider North-African region,
  • The Nile river basin, including the Eastern Nile,
  • Mozambique, and the Zambezi River Basin,
  • The Asian deltas, including the Mekong delta, Ganges-Bramaputra delta, Irawaddy delta and Ciliwung delta and
  • Colombia, and the Magdelena River Basin.

Documents for project leaders


Additional financial templates and guidelines for non IHE Delft project leaders: 

DUPC2 committee

DUPC2 management team

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