Scholarships available for African candidates for short course on Water Resource Management in East Africa.

In partnership with the UNSW Institute for Global Development, UNSW-GWI is pleased to announce a new short course on Regional and Transnational Water Resource Management in East Africa.

The course will be delivered through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia Award Scheme for Africa, which sees scholarships awarded to African candidates from Government, private sector and civil society organisations, to develop their capacity and leadership so that they can contribute more effectively to development in their home countries.

The first course will be delivered in 2019 over 7 weeks and will be based in Eldoret, Kenya in partnership between the University of New South Wales, Eldoret University and the East Africa Community Lake Victoria Basin Commission. Participants will engage in formal and applied learning and will undertake a week-long fieldtrip across Kenya and Uganda to contextualise learnt information and gain first-hand insights into the inter-disciplinary nature of water management.

The course is specifically designed for adult learners and professionals currently employed in mid- and senior-level management positions. Aimed at the professional staff of sub-national and national government spheres, and also recommended for staff from hydroelectric companies, water supply and sanitation utilities, members of local organisations, water resources promoters, and personnel interested in the opportunities and knowledge of best water management practices, the course will enable participants to comprehensively consider physical and socio-legal aspects of water resource management.

Participants will:

• Gain a broad underpinning in water resource management and the hydrology of traditional surface and groundwater water sources and key management concepts such as strategic planning and integrated natural resources management.

• Be able to explain and apply foundational principles and theories that underpin water law and relate these to the broader environmental, economic and social challenges in their current roles.

• Have demonstrated a high level of collaboration, oral communication and problem solving while learning from real-world examples of shared resource management.

• Have discussed the challenges of transboundary water allocation, including conflicts of upper and lower riparian states and learned from successful examples of practical steps for managing shared water allocations.

• Be able to demonstrate how development activities impact water availability in surface and groundwater supplies and explain uncertainty and risk, including the predicted effects of climate change.

• Have a sound knowledge basis to describe the general costs for development of water resource infrastructure and its ongoing operation and maintenance costs.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet their country’s eligibility requirements.  For more information on eligibility criteria and application forms, visit,

For more information on the course, download the short course outline.

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