About this Course
Drilled water wells are vital to achieving universal, clean drinking water. The water must be safe, affordable and available through services that last. To get there, these wells, or boreholes, need to be built in a professional manner. Design, siting, procurement, construction, project management and supervision are key elements within a professional sector. Water resources must also be considered and long-term support is required to maintain services.
By the end of the course participants will:
- Have a broad understanding of the key elements that constitute a professional water well drilling sector and be able to relate these to the organisation and country in which they work.
- Appreciate the importance of groundwater for drinking water supplies, recognise the value of groundwater data and know what constitutes good borehole siting.
- Be familiar with the cost components of borehole drilling and have improved knowledge to reflect on procurement and contract management within their own organisation/country.
- Understand key reasons for immediate and longer term borehole failure, appreciate the importance of drilling supervision and the responsibilities of the drilling supervisor and the actions to be carried out. Understand what constitutes a strong institutional framework (at national or state level) for borehole drilling, including driller licencing, borehole permits and associations.
- Have engaged in dialogue with at least one other actor and defined potential actions that could be taken within their own organisations, local authority and/or country to improve borehole drilling professionalism.
- Have access to and signposts for high quality materials that support further learning with respect to the professional management of borehole drilling projects and programmes.
- Learn from other participants about practices, initiatives and challenges to improve drilling professionalism from participants in other countries.
Contents, facilitators and course partners
The course was facilitated by a team of specialists representing Cap-Net UNDP, Skat Foundation, UNICEF, and senior groundwater and drilling experts from Niger, Kenya, Senegal and the United Kingdom. Contents are based in the UNICEF Guidance Note on Professional water Well Drilling.
Rural water supply specialist who has undertaken studies, raised awareness and provided capacity strengthening services for mechanised and manual water well drilling. She has developed publications and animated films, and run training courses that provide guidance on borehole siting, costing and pricing, supervision, procurement and contract management, and she has produced guidance for UNICEF on Professional Water Well Drilling.
Jose Gesti Canuto is a UNICEF WASH specialist based in New York, US. He works on global water supply strategies and has developed missions in different regions of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing technical guidance to UNICEF country offices on innovative and cost-effective solutions to rural water supply and climate resilience.
Dotun Adekile is a Nigerian geologist with over 35 years of experience in groundwater development in Africa. He was involved in the development of the RWSN Code of Practice for Cost Effective Boreholes and has authored and contributed to several publications and webinars in support of the Code. In the past three years he has been involved in training and capacity development of WASH personnel in the Cost Effective Borehole process in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Angola.
Moustapha Diene is hydrogeologist working currently at University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar – Senegal. Since January 2015, Dr. Moustapha Diene has taken over as Network Manager of the Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net); he has facilitated many training courses on intergrated groundwater management in Africa
Mr Armstrong is an international consultant with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and over 30 years of professional practice in Africa and Asia. Tom was elected chair of the Kenya Water Industry Association in mid-2016, chairs the technical committee and is a founding member. He has expertise in all aspects of design and implementation of water engineering projects, and is a groundwater specialist.
Dr. Charles Serele, UNICEF
Charles is a hydrogeologist working for UNICEF Madagascar as a WASH Specialist. He provides technical guidance on water supply projects including mechanized and manual drillings. He develops innovative mapping solutions to improve boreholes siting and reduce the rate of drilling failure. Additionally, Charles delivers capacity building activities to UNICEF WASH staff, government and private sector to strengthen competencies in drilling sustainable and cost effective boreholes
Development professional with experience in managing projects for marginalized people, with a strong focus on SMEs, gender mainstreaming, capacity building and knowledge management. Stephanie has facilitated workshops, designed and implemented knowledge sharing events and is enthusiastic about innovative ideas and methods which foster the achievement of the SDGs.
Cap-Net´s Virtual Campus Coordinator. Damian has facilitated water-related courses in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and participated as team member for the development of various training manuals. He is passionate for innovative learning approaches and partnership building for human and environmental development.
Skat Foundation http://skat-foundation.ch/
Skat Foundation is a non-profit organisation fostering the exchange of knowledge and experience in development cooperation. To achieve this we pursue three approaches: creating knowledge, sharing knowledge, documenting knowledge. By delivering and facilitating trainings and workshops for development professionals we seek to increase effectiveness and impact on the ground. Using a variety of approaches, we support networking, creative exchange and learning for better outcomes.
UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices. UNICEF’s work in water focuses on the ability for children to access safe water, the quality of the water they can access and the journey they must take to collect it. UNICEF is at the forefront of exploring innovative ways to access water, and building climate resistant infrastructure. UNICEF is a Steering Committee member of the Rural Water Supply Member.
Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) http://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/
The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is the global network for rural water supply professionals, with nearly 10,000 members in more than 150 countries. RWSN is a strategic global platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration in the water sector with a central focus on the achievement of universal access to safe, affordable water supplies. Because 4 out of 5 of those without access to an improved water source live in rural areas, the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal 6 and the legal duties under the Human Right to Water can only be achieved through strong partnerships at all levels from local to global. Sustainable Groundwater Development is one of the RWSN Themes.
Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net), is a non-profit network, inaugurated in July 2008 in Pretoria, South Africa. It was established to increase awareness of the potential and value of groundwater across Africa for multiple human purposes as well as for the environment, and to contribute to the capacity development in the groundwater sector.
Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro), is a seven-year international research programme (2013-2020) which is jointly funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Over 130 of the world’s best researchers from 43 organisations across Africa and Europe are focused on improving the evidence base around groundwater availability and management in Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal is to ensure that the hidden wealth of Africa’s aquifers benefit all citizens and the poorest in particular. UPGro projects are interdisciplinary, linking the social and natural sciences to address this challenge.
Cap-Net UNDP www.cap-net.org
Cap-Net is an international network for capacity development in sustainable water management. It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity development in the water sector. At Global level Cap-Net works with 23 regional and country level capacity development networks with about 1.000 member organizations in 120 countries, and numerous international partners. Cap-Net UNDP delivers training and education to water professionals in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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