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
- 5 post-doctoral fellows
- 20 PhD researchers
- 60 Master degree laureates
- over 500 trained professionals from developing countries
- 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.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Strategy
- Master of Science Specialization in Sanitary Engineering
- Short Profile Prof. Damir Brdjanovic
Source: UNESCO-IHE, 20 Jul 2011