water@leeds and the Global Water Partnership Tanzania (GWP-TZ) are piloting initial steps for building the foundations for a Knowledge Exchange and Engagement Hub (KEH) to support informed leadership and investment in water and sanitation in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Water Knowledge Exchange Hub will directly contribute to building local institutional capacities as well as providing a platform for other partners to access credible integrated information on research, policy and practice in the water sector. The Knowledge Exchange Hub will provide one of the credible reference points for anchoring interventions in the water sector. This project builds on the foundation of a knowledge exchange and engagement hub to support informed leadership and investment in water and sanitation in Eastern and Southern Africa. We will collaboratively review evidence produced by researchers in Leeds relevant to the Eastern Africa water sector. This will lead to the production of research engagement materials such as podcasts, short videos, blog articles and research briefings for civil servants, politicians, and wider audiences in Tanzania. This collaboration will also enable the University of Leeds and GWP-TZ to co-produce a plan for long term collaboration and to work with development partners in East and Southern Africa. The project is led by CGD Co-Director / water@leeds Associate Director Professor Anna Mdee and supported by CGD student Alesia Ofori and GWP Executive Director Dr Victor Kongo.
This project is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account through the Leeds Social Sciences Institute.
The project was to be launched at the Maji (water) week in Tanzania in March 2020 but due to the pandemic we've had to change our plans. We held a webinar on 14th July 2020 co-hosted with the Ministry of Water in Tanzania and UNESCO East Africa. You can watch the opening address here:Find out more