The year in retrospective

This was a very productive year at ZAMADZI and I’m now taking the opportunity to look back on our activities.

Project events

We started the year with our annual meeting in Tete. This was our first annual meeting after the Future Search conference an a great opportunity to bring all project participants (plus some external stakeholders) together. This meeting served to set the stage for the year’s activities and I can say it was quite successful at that.

Yearly meeting in Tete.

The project’s website

We also launched the project’s website at the beginning of 2018 and it’s not yet one year old. The website had been a great tool to share information with project participants and to serve as a platform to submit applications for project-related calls.

MSc projects

The first batch of MSc students has now been enrolled at UEM‘s MSc in Hydraulics and Water Resources Management. One year on it is now time to start thinking about topics for the theses, something that we will start discussing at the beginning of 2019.

A second edition of the MSc program is scheduled to start in 2019 and we are now accepting candidates.

PhD research

We have selected Hélder Pereira has PhD candidate to be supported by ZAMADZI. Hélder has a very good track record, with four peer-reviewed articles published with his MSc work and we are very excited to have in on board.

Hélder’s work will be carried out in Beira. Beira is the second largest city in Mozambique, which shares many of the challenges of other cities in the Global South: limited access to sanitation services, increased water demand, groundwater contamination and population growth. The link with our Maputo-based project is obvious and we will try as much as possible to find synergies between the various research projects and researchers invovled. Hélder’s work will probably involve the concept of “Urban water cycle” and aim at developing and deploying tools, technologies and approaches to minimize the impact of the aforementioned challenges in the water and sanitation sector in Beira.

Finally, Hélder’s work will be carried-out in cooperation with the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit of UniSA, a member of WaterNet.

Action research

It took a bit longer than anticipated but our Action Research program has now started. We selected four projects that are very diverse – there’s fecal sludge management, irrigation, stakeholder involvement and wastewater treatment – and very relevant for the context of Mozambique and we are expecting the first results at the beginning of 2019.

We are also planning a second Action Research call in 2019 but we have not yet decided on a date to launch it.

Short-duration courses

A final word must go to our short-duration course program. This year we had five courses in total.

We offered five courses in total that reached more than 100 people. We covered data analysis and programming with Python, Water-food nexus, management of Moodle platform and Server management and ICT.

The last one of the year – lectured by me at UEM – was on Planning and design of sanitation systems and technologies. This course was initially developed by EAWAG and EPFL, in cooperation with the World Bank, and is available on Coursera. At ZAMADZI we opted for translating the training materials into Portuguese and make them available Mozambican stakeholders and I can so say that it was a huge success. The course systematizes in a very comprehensive way very relevant concepts that are paramount for sound decision making processes regarding sanitation systems, at city and neighborhood level. The relevance of these materials for the context of Mozambique cannot be overstated and we are now looking forward to sharing these materials in other opportunities, both within and outside ZAMADZI.

Short course on Planning and design of sanitation systems and technologies.

We are now finalizing the list of short courses for 2019, so stay tuned!

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