Update on Call for 'Research for development proposals led by institutes from developing countries'

Early September 2018, DUPC2 launched its second Call for ‘Research for development proposals led by institutes from developing countries’. The purpose of the Call is to encourage collaboration between researchers and practitioners from developing countries to help solve water and development challenges.

Aims and objectives

The Call is specifically aimed at increasing the number of projects that focus on the themes ‘Water scarcity in the Middle East, Northern Africa and the Nile region’ and ‘Gender and inclusiveness’. Furthermore, through this Call DUPC2 seeks to stimulate problem oriented research to support the SDG’s related to water and development, stimulate regional collaboration on transboundary water and development challenges and encourage research that contributes to the development and uptake and/or piloting of innovative solutions in close cooperation with the intended/final users of the research.

Selected proposals

We have received more than 60 proposals in total, of which 50 were deemed eligible and were reviewed externally and by DUPC2 regional committee members. The following 8 proposals have been shortlisted and invited to submit their full and final proposals:

Middle East:

  • MENARA: Assessment of wastewater treatment technologies and promotion of smart irrigation systems in the MENA Region using and eco-friendly gum, led by Dr. Rashed M.Y. Al-Sa’ed, Birzeit University, Palestine.
  • TRACE Rehab: Tracing soil amendment impacts of processed wastewater sludge on the rehabilitation of Jordan’s agro-pastoral areas, led by Dr. Stefan Strohmeier of the International Center for Agriculture Research (ICARDA), Jordan.
  • Integrating ET mapping times series into operational irrigation management framework, led by Dr. Hadi Jaafar of the American University of Beirut.

North-African region:

  • Water intensive agricultural growth in North-Africa: changing gendered farm identities and practices, led by Dr. Lisa Bossenbroek, TARGA-AIDE, Morocco.

Asian deltas:

  • GRACERS: Groundwater Rejuvenation As Climate change Resilience for marginalized and gender sensitive GangeS, led by Prof. Pennan Chinnasamy of the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB).
  • Flood – based farming systems for enhancing livelihood resilience in the floodplain of upper Mekong delta, led by Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan, Center of Water Management and Climate Change (WACC) of Vietnam National University.


  • Local community empowerment through sustainable resource use and agricultural value-chain development in the Limpopo basin, led by Dr. Sergio Ponguane, Higher Polytechnic Institute of Gaza (ISPG), Mozambique.


  • Synoptic and participatory assessment of environmental pollution and health effects due to exposure to mercury from artisanal gold mining in the Alto Cauca basin, Colombia, led by Dr. Irene Velez-Torres of Universidad del Valle, Colombia.

The project leaders of the selected proposals will submit their final proposals in the first week of February. The projects are expected to start in March.


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