WaSo Asia Project

Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda are seven countries which are heavily dependent on sound water management and some of the most severely affected countries by the Climate Change. While the countries have variable populations and population densities, they share the challenges related to water, which is also related to the population increase, urbanisation and industrialisation. While acknowledging the need for Integrated Water Resources Management, water supply and sanitation and adaptation to climate change as key challenges to the decades and centuries to come, all three countries are in heavy need of water specialists in all sectors. The role of water specialists in the decision making levels is considerably low, also as a result of lack of earmarked educational programs in own countries. Many of the current higher PG studies related to water and sanitation are carried out in industrialised countries through various bi-and multi-lateral programs, while their capacities are inadequate to match with the huge and growing need. In addition to that, such programs also have negative impacts as brain drain.

There is therefore a strong need to build institutional capacity within the Asian and African countries to do policy and livelihoods relevant research on water, society and climate change adaptation from a basis of cross-disciplinary and gender sensitive research.

Project Period
2014-2018 (5 years)

To strengthen supervisory capacity and Graduate/Post Graduate programme content at participating universities within water and society (climate change) related disciplines
Colloborative Institution
University of Peradeniya
University of Jaffna
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Institute of Technology of Cambodia
Makerere University, Uganda
University of Nairobi, Kenya
University of Juba, South Sudan
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Telemark University College
Norwegian University of Life Science
University of Bergen
Project Contacts
Prof.Edward Kirumira
Coordinator Waso-Africa
University of Makerere,Uganda
Email: ekirumira@ss.mak.ac.ug
Prof. S.B Weerakoon
Coordinator Waso-Asia
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Email: sbweera@pdn.ac.lk
Dr. Tore Saetersdal
Administrative Coordinator –WaSo
Telemark University Collage, Norway
Email: Tore.satersdal@hit.no
Prof. Harsha Ratnaweera
Scientific Coordinator – WaSo
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Email: Harsha.ratnaweera@nmbu.no
Prof. Francis Mutua
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Email: fmmutua@gmail.com
Dr. Subraminiam Sivakumar
University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Email: Sssiva100@yahoo.com
Mr. PHOL Norith
Institute of Technology of Cambodia
Email: norith@itc.edu.kh
Prof. Md. Mafizur Rahaman
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Email: mafizur@gmail.com
Dr. Yacob Arsano
Addis Ababa University
Email: yarsano@ethionet.et
Dr. John Ariki
University of Juba, South Sudan
Email: ariki@gmx.net
Ms. Kristin Svartveit
University of Bergan, Norway
Email: Kristin.svartveit@adm.uib.no
Ms. Silje Vevatne
NORHED contact
NORAD, Norway
Email: Silje.Vevatne@norad.no

WaSo-Asia WaSo-Africa
Kandy Sri Lanka (Inception) 2014 X X
Dhaka, Bangladesh 2014 X X
Kampala, Uganda 2014 X X
Jaffna, Sri Lanka 2015 X X
Oslo, Norway (Annual Meeting) 2015 X X
Juba, South Sudan 2016 X
Phnom penh, Cambodia 2016 X X
Nairobi, Kenya (Annual Meeting) 2016 X X
Jaffna, Sri Lanka 2017 X
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2017 X
Oslo, Norway (Annual Meeting) 2017 X X
Kandy, Sri Lanka 2018 X
Nairobi, Kenya 2018 X
Kampala, Uganda (Completion) 2018 X X

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