DUPC2: What’s going on in April 2021

Find below an overview of current activities the DUPC2 programme is undertaking:

  1. DUPC2 end evaluation
  2. Towards DUPC3
  3. Emerging lessons from DUPC2 Impact Initiative
  4. Capacity development in the Sahel programme
  5. Interns
  6. Project annual reports 2020
  7. Matching OKP fellowships
  8. Country overview for DGIS/embassies

DUPC2 end evaluation

Late 2020 the DUPC2 programme went through an external end evaluation, conducted by Technopolis and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Technopolis has recently published its final report, which can be found here and on the Source.
The report is generally positive about the programme, its implementation and the progress made towards contributing towards addressing water and development issues in low and middle income countries. Eight recommendations are provided to take into account for the next phase of the programme:

  1. Position IHE, DUPC and its partners as key actors in online education in the water sector.
  2. Embed support for the development of strong knowledge strategies.
  3. Expand support to Southern-led projects.
  4. Upscale DUPC2s cross-learning activities at national, regional and cross-regional level.
  5. Strengthen the programme’s monitoring and evaluation system.
  6. Increase the capacity of the DUPC management team.
  7. Strengthen the programme’s position and contribution to Water Diplomacy by doing more research on this specific topic.
  8. Develop the programme’s contribution to water challenges in the Sahel region.

Towards a DUPC3

As you know we are in the DUPC3 proposal development process. We have received positive feedback from the DGIS Management Team, and have updated the headlines proposal and are working on the full proposal. We will share the updated headline proposal the 6th of April via the Source and the Heads of Departments. The planning is expected as follows:

  • Submission of revised 1st Proposal (headlines) 1 April 2021
  • Quality@Entry (internal and external review 13 April 2021
  • Adjustment proposal (based on feed-back) April – May
  • Submission full proposal 7 May 2021
  • Expected start DUPC3 1 Sep 2021

Additionally, three lunch sessions for staff are planned (12, 19 and 20 April), on one of the three main themes of the programme. During this session we would like to get your input on the specific theme of the session, but also on the relevance of all themes in the focus regions of DUPC3. More info on the sessions can be found on the Source.

Please feel free to contact Jeltsje ( ) or Nadine ( ) with questions or/and suggestions.

Emerging lessons from the DUPC Impact Initiative

The DUPC Impact Initiative begun in 2019 and aims at learning about and capturing impact of DUPC projects to better manage for impact in projects. Creating and contributing towards making societal impact for water and development issues is one of the main goals of the DUPC programme. Yet defining, creating and measuring ‘impact’ is not as straightforward. The Impact Initiative aims at bridging the knowledge gap by piloting impact evaluation methods, researching impact and impact evaluation, and reflecting on the topic through dialogue with experts in the field. Although the project is not finished yet, it has already obtained some interesting insights, shared below: 
  1. Impacts are beyond the scope of most DUPC2 projects, and project can manage for early outcomes and project objectives.
  2. Putting focusing on project outcomes helps in both evaluating and learning about impact, but also in the DUPC project design and management.
  3. Count-what-can-be-counted and “talk” about the rest: Narrative and story-telling methods are useful to capture meaningful outcomes and emerging impacts.
  4. There is a rich set of impact/outcome management frameworks, tools and approaches. Using the full richness of these, though, is beyond DUPC project management capacity. Most DUPC projects need a lean approach.
  5. Inclusive processes, cooperative engagement, project co-management and co-creation are important mechanisms for lasting impacts beyond DUPC project lifetimes.
For any questions regarding the project, please contact the project leader, Dr. Leon Hermans, who implements the project in collaboration with Oxfam Novib.

Capacity development in the Sahel programme (CD Sahel)

CD Sahel aims at creating synergies between the current (limited) IHE Delft projects in the region and further strengthen the local capacity and Communities of Practice on key themes such as water scarcity. The programme has four main objectives: identify existing partnership and networks in Francophone African countries, identify priority areas for joint research and education, strengthen capacities, and to report the lessons learned for DUPC3. Part of the programme are the five fellowships recently announced available to water professionals from the region, starting in October 2021.

An internal ToR for the position of the project leader for the CD Sahel programme was shared at the beginning of 2021. We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Hans van der Kwast was selected for the position. We wish Dr. Hans van der Kwast good luck in this new endeavour.

Interns

Meet Yaman Attar

‘’IHE Delft offers a great atmosphere for interns to grow professionally and to improve their intercultural competencies’’. Using this broad sentence, I am able to summarise why I applied to IHE Delft.

My name is Yaman Attar, and I am in my final year of European Studies at the Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Following up on my opening sentence, IHE Delft provides me a great opportunity to work closely with professionals in many fields including the water field, management and with academics. I work with the Liaison Office under the DUPC2 programme, in which I aid in creating content for the Main Website, the Source and IHE’s social media platforms reflecting numerous projects with global partners in water and development. I additionally write stories frequently on these projects by also communicating with project leaders and professionals in and outside the Netherlands. Finally, I am aiding two IHE Delft professors in their work. At the moment, I am conducting two stories that need some final touches.

You can read more about me here.

Meet Pooja Sadarangani 

My name is Pooja and I am currently an Intern at IHE Delft. I work with the Communication Office and also alongside the DUPC2 Programme. During my time here at IHE Delft, I have worked on social media posts, videos, and writing stories for both the Communication Office and the DUPC2 Programme. Currently, my favorite project is the photo exhibition we are working on, which can be found on IHE Delft’s Instagram page. This project gives me the opportunity to connect with project leaders and professionals throughout the world, and it also allows me to showcase my creative side. I am excited to be here and learn from my colleagues as the time goes by!

You can read more about me here.

Check out some of their work:

Matching OKP fellowships

The current phase of the Nuffic OKP program will finalize by the end of 2022, and will be evaluated before a possible new phase starts. This creates an interruption in the OKP program, bearing serious consequences for MSc programs longer than 1 year such as those offered at IHE. A number of actions are being taken to solve this within the institute. One of the solutions proposed by EB is that OKP would fund the first year of the MSc program (still falling within the current OKP phase) and IHE funds the second part (research part) through other funding. We have received approval from DGIS to convert (part of) the DUPC2 SIDS and MENA MSc grants to partial grants for the research phases of an MSc. Ineke Melis is coordinating this, and working hard to match as many applicants and countries as possible. In addition, DUPC2 has reserved research budget for the research MSc phases to match, allowing groups of students to jointly work on DUPC themes in DUPC regions.    

Project annual reports 2020

In mid-February the programme received the project annual reports. The annual reports are paramount for the programme management, not only because they feed into the programmatic annual report, but because they offer insight into how projects are advancing, whether there is need for support from the programme, and give an overview for identifying potential gaps and avenues for collaboration (between projects). We have recently provided the project leaders with feedback and comments on the annual report and are currently working on the programmatic annual report (due in June). 

Country overview for DGIS/embassies

Due to active promotion of DGIS, the embassies are becoming more aware of our programmatic cooperation with DGIS (DUPC) and the interesting activities that the programme supports. As a result, we have received recently a number of requests from DGIS for overviews of DUPC supported projects in countries. In collaboration with the country coordinators, project leaders, LO and CO, we made overviews for Yemen, Egypt, Iraq, and Morocco. Often, we broaden the overviews, and also add other IHE projects. These requests are a good opportunity to inform embassies, strengthen our relations, and also pitch new ideas. As the requests are send to the embassies by DGIS, they might also receive more attention.

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