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

Iraq’s water challenges underline need for capacity, Water Resource Minister Al-Hamdani says

Written by Bhavna Bhasin, on 17 April 2022

Iraq needs to develop capacity so that it can handle water-related challenges arising from climate change and the absence of agreements with...

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Delft, The Netherlands

Young Water Diplomats Program – helping future leaders learn about water

Written by Bhavna Bhasin, on 13 April 2022

Policy interventions for water related-challenges, at regional and global scale, are largely shaped by two groups: water experts, equipped with...

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The Hague, The Netherlands

4th Water and Peace Seminar: Emotions and human relations key to water diplomacy

Written by Bhavna Bhasin, on 17 March 2022

Science often has been considered to be a purely objective pursuit, with no place for emotions and subjective explorations. It was thought to be...

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India, Mumbai

Izzat ka Pani – Water with dignity

15 March 2022

Qurratul Ain Contractor, an IHE Delft MSc Water Management and Governance student, collaborated with documentary filmmaker Jayant Parashar to...

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East Africa

Important insects: Field guide aims to spark interest in dragonflies at East African lakes

Written by Emma Meurs and 1 other, on 14 December 2021

Can the buzz of dragonflies at the shores of Mabamba Bay in Uganda inspire future naturalists and citizen scientists? A new illustrated field guide...

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World Toilet Day 2021: Value toilets – and what goes into them

Written by Emma Meurs, on 19 November 2021

Almost half of the people in the world don’t have access to safely managed sanitation. Toilets, and the sanitation systems that support them, are...

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New IHE Delft course addresses knowledge gap on finance in the water sector

Written by Ewoud Kok, on 8 November 2021

A strong water sector that is secure and sustainable requires investments. Finding financing for such investments can be a challenge, with...

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Southern Africa

Below sandy, dry riverbeds: a medicine against drought

28 September 2021

Water just beneath the surface in parts of Southern Africa? It seems unlikely, but dried up riverbeds sometimes harbor an unexpected resource....

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Delft, the Netherlands

World day to combat desertification and drought

Written by Emma Meurs, on 17 June 2021

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day to be held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. Nearly three quarters of the...

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Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Community Empowerment through Sustainable Resource Use and Agricultural Value-Chain

8 June 2021

CES Rural is a 2-year-long project which features the Instituto Superior Politecnico de Gaza (ISPG), National University of Sciences and Technology...

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Portable microwave-based treatment system for on-site faecal sludge treatment: a promising technology

Written by Yaman Attar and 1 other, on 28 April 2021

‘Portable microwave-based treatment system for on-site faecal sludge treatment for the humanitarian and development WASH sector’ started in 2017 in...

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Middle East and North Africa

Building capacity in Middle-East and North Africa states (MENA-CD)

Written by Yaman Attar, on 15 April 2021

The MENA region includes the nations of the Middle-East and North Africa that share similar water challanges in terms of scarcity and resources...

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Perceptions of farmers towards Treated Sludge (Biosolids): Jordanian Badia case study

7 April 2021

The application of treated biosolids in agriculture can be an effective measure to fertilize soil in farming communities around the globe....

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Delft, The Netherlands

WaPOR - putting open data and education into action

1 March 2021

Open. It’s a simple word that has a big impact when used in connection with things like education and data. 

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Delft, The Netherlands

Explorations on gender in the world of water

11 February 2021

To promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls, the United Nations has declared 11 February as the International...

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Saline agriculture has the power to change (and feed) the world

9 November 2020

As a rising sea level and longer dry periods threaten the world’s fresh water resources in coastal areas, the resulting increase in soil salinity...

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Delft, The Netherlands

Long-term performance of Urban Blue-Green Infrastructure

Written by Ruth Webber, on 9 November 2020

Interview with Feikai Yang (Frenk), joint PhD fellow IHE Delft and South East University, China....

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Zimbabwe, Africa

When crises multiply: entrepreneurship and survival in the Zimbabwean countryside

Written by Annelieke Duker, on 25 August 2020

One can find so-called sand rivers in many dry parts of Africa. They are an important source of water for farming families in Zimbabwe, who invest...

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Mangroves, models and mud

Written by Laura Kwak, on 14 August 2020

Uwe Best and Sebrian Beselly, both PhD Researchers in Coastal Engineering at IHE Delft, chose to take the International Day for the Conservation of...

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Delft, The Netherlands

Small-scale agriculture in crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Jeltsje Kemerink - Seyoum and 1 other, on 30 June 2020

While most people in the Netherlands feel relieved because the measures against the pandemic are gently being relaxed and they can enjoy drinking...

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Delft, The Netherlands

Distance teaching at IHE Delft during the Coronavirus crisis

15 April 2020

How IHE Delft is using this crisis as an opportunity to optimize the investments that have been made in online education. With the current...

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How Dutch greenhouse gases cause land grabbing in Ethiopia

Written by Jeltsje Kemerink - Seyoum, on 3 December 2019

One of the investments we in the Netherlands make to meet the climate goals is focused on reducing deforestation. This sounds great, but in...

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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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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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‘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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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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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 Mohan 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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