UNESCO-IHE and partners get US$ 8 million Gates grant for urban sanitation education and research

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and partners have been awarded a US$ 8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will be used for postgraduate sanitation education and research with a focus on solutions for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. This 5-year capacity building and research project was developed by Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, Professor of Sanitary Engineering at UNESCO-IHE and his team.

“This is probably the largest research and postgraduate education project targeting sanitation for the urban poor ever conducted,” Prof. Brdjanovic said.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced this grant when they unveiled their new sanitation strategy at the 2011 AfricaSan 3 conference in Kigali, Rwanda on 19 July 2011.

The total project budget is US$ 11.1 million, which will be partially based on output-based funding.

UNESCO-IHE is partnering with the following institutes in the project:

  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand
  • Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia
  • International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Burkina Faso
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana
  • Makerere University Institute of Environmental, the Natural Resources (MUIENR) in Uganda
  • University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa
  • Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil
  • Universidad del Valle in Colombia

Project deliverables:

  • 5 post-doctoral fellows
  • 20 PhD researchers
  • 60 Master degree laureates
  • over 500 trained professionals from developing countries

Research themes:

  • smart sanitation provision for slums and informal settlements
  • emergency sanitation following natural and anthropological [?] disasters
  • resource recovery oriented decentralized sanitation
  • low‐cost wastewater collection and treatment
  • fecal sludge management.

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Source: UNESCO-IHE, 20 Jul 2011

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