'Provide for Impact' contributes to the understanding and improvement of environmental infrastructures, notably in sanitation and solid waste management. This initiative is an extension of the INREF funded Partnership for Research on Viable Environmental Infrastructure Development in East Africa (PROVIDE), in which ran in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and The Netherlands from 2006 to 2012. The key partners of were Wageningen University, ARDHI University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya; and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
What was the problem?
'Provide for Impact' brought together scientists in the fields of environmental policy, environmental technology, development economics and environmental system analysis to establish relationships with key societal actors and institutions involved in the design, maintenance and use of the urban waste and sanitation infrastructures and chains in East Africa.
While scientific results had been published and PhD students had graduated from the PROVIDE programme, there remained a need to go beyond the scientific outcomes to ensure 'modernized mixtures' of traditional and innovative policies, practices and technologies for solid waste and sanitation in urban settings would be acheived over the long term.
What did we do?
“Provide for Impact” contributed to sustainable urban waste and sanitation infrastructure development by strengthening the established academic and policy networks of East African partners, by:
- Contributing to the curricula of environmental management, engineering and planning at the universities of Kenyatta, Ardhi and Makerere to integrate the theoretical insights and methodologies of the interdisciplinary PROVIDE approach towards urban waste and sanitation management in East African cities.
- Establishing an East African inter-university and local government network for sustainable urban waste and sanitation in Kampala, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.
- Supporting collaborative research and education on urban waste and sanitation.
The project was funded by INREF Wageningen University and ran from January 2014 to August 2015.