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Royal Society Africa groundwater award

Richard Taylor to lead research and training in urban Africa

Royal Society Africa groundwater award

Professor Richard Taylor has been awarded a 5-year Programme Grant (£1.2 million), Sustaining urban groundwater-fed water supplies and sanitation systems in Africa, under the new Royal Society-DFID African Capacity Building Initiative.

Starting in 2015, he will lead a consortium of Anglophone and Francophone scientists from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD, Sénégal), University of Nairobi (Kenya), and Makerere University (Uganda), tackling a fundamental water and sanitation challenge: sustaining low-cost water supply and sanitation systems in Africa that use the subsurface as both a source of safe water and a repository for faecal waste.

The study is the first, multi-scale (small town - city - megacity) analysis of urban groundwater and sanitation and their links to human health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Critically, it will serve to strengthen research and training capacities, and directly connect applied research to policy through the participation of stakeholders including government ministries, basin management organisations and private-sector water suppliers.

Image: Collecting spring water from Bwaise, a low-income settlement in Kampala, Uganda




Collecting spring water

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