DGIS UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Cooperation
DUPC is the programmatic cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNESCO-IHE, also called the DGIS UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Cooperation (DUPC). By the end of 2014, DUPC funded 103 activities, involving over 85 partner institutes from almost 40 developing countries and countries in transition and around 30 institutes from developed countries, including at least 15 from The Netherlands. The cooperation between DGIS and UNESCO-IHE is expected to be continued as DUPC2 for the period 2015 to 2019.
The objective of DUPC2 is to achieve stronger tangible impacts on development challenges and obtain a more diversified funding by strengthening the capacity of UNESCO-IHE strategic partners in developing and transition countries to provide problem-oriented research and education relevant to environmental and water development challenges at different scales, stronger involvement of and sharing of knowledge with non-academic partners, and better facilitation of the internal learning process of best approaches of addressing water and development challenges through partnership building.
The ADB UNESCO-IHE Knowledge Partnership
In November 2011, a partnership agreement was signed between the Asian Development Bank and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. This partnership, which will initially run for 33 months, will manage a fund of 2.5 million USD, made available from the ADB-administered Netherlands Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility.
The aim of this partnership agreement is to support water operations in ADB's Developing Member Countries (DMCs) by providing expert guidance during project preparation and implementation, and on developing and implementing Education, Training and Capacity Development, to support Knowledge Networking programs and to strengthen regional Knowledge Networking among (DMC) clients, partners and Knowledge hubs.
Visit the ADB UNESCO-IHE knowledge partnership website for more information.
VIA Water aims to identify innovative solutions for water problems facing cities in seven African countries: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and just started operating after a thorough research process to identify the most pressing water needs in African cities.
Since the programme is hosted by UNESCO-IHE, VIA Water has a wealth of knowledge right at their home base, and extended this through research into the specific focus countries. All of this culminated into a list of twelve specific pressing needs to which VIA Water will be directing their attention in the coming years. Read more on the VIA Water website.
Support to regional networks
The Institute maintains close working relationships with many regional and local networks that it has helped set up. These networks were born as platforms to transfer scientific and technical expertise, to strengthen the capacity of water professionals and institutions, and to share regional knowledge and solutions.
After years of collaboration, these regional networks have developed into professional communities that encourage joint research, knowledge sharing and the development of sustainable water solutions.
Examples of these networks include WaterNet (Southern Africa), the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN), the Collaborative Knowledge Network Indonesia (CKNet-INA), the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET, Arab region) and the Latin American Water Education and Training Network (LAWETNET, Latin America).
Cooperation with the Dutch water sector
The Institute has a long tradition of collaboration with water sector institutions in the Netherlands. It is a partner of Valorisation Programme Delta technology and water, which brings together the leading research institutions in the area, including Deltares, Delft University of Technology and TNO.
The Institute is a member of the Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE), a joint venture of the environmental research institutes of nine Dutch universities. In addition, the Institute participates in several relevant Dutch and European research networks, including the Boussinesq Center for Hydrology, the Netherlands Centre for River Studies (NCR), and the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK). The Institute works closely with national knowledge centres such as TNO and the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.
Also the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (NMP), and the Association of Water Boards (UVW) are in UNESCO-IHE's network.
The Institute works in collaboration with several (former in-house) partners:
- The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), to foster multi-stakeholder cooperation in support of development;
- The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), to improve access to and the use of knowledge in the water and sanitation sector, and building the knowledge-sharing capacity of resource centres; and
- Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC)
All of these networks play a crucial role in development and implementation of national and international research agendas.