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 provided 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 an understanding of the key elements of a professional water well drilling sector.
- Understand key reasons for immediate and longer-term borehole failure.
- Recognise the value of groundwater data and know what constitutes good borehole siting.
- Appreciate the importance of drilling supervision.
- Learn about practices, initiatives and challenges to improve drilling professionalism from participants in other countries.
- Have improved knowledge to reflect on procurement and contract management
- Understand what constitutes a strong institutional framework (at national or state level) for borehole drilling, including driller licencing, borehole permits and associations.
- Have signposts for materials that support further learning on the topic.
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review basic readings and participate in all activities (forums, exercises, multiple choices). Those with no previous knowledge of groundwater or borehole drilling will require an additional 2 hours per week. All participants who wish to read suggested readings and related videos will require more time.
Ensuring commitment to the course and avoiding dropout
In order to minimise dropout from the course, all participants selected will have to complete a mandatory pre-course survey (also gives us an indication of the knowledge base). If they do not fill in within two weeks, they will not be eligible for the course. In addition, we will extend the first module to two weeks. Anyone who does not undertake any activity within the first four weeks of the (or who does not contact us) will not be able to continue. The places will be offered to those on a waiting list.
The course is structured by modules. Each module will run for one week, during which course participants must read basic contents and participate in suggested activities.
In all modules, participants are expected to:
- Read basic contents
- Participate in the modules´ forum
- Prepare an individual assignment (when applicable)
- Respond a set of multiple choice questions
Participants will also have access to recommended readings, videos, and suggested websites.
- Module 1: Introduction, Groundwater Information and Siting: May 13-27
- Module 2: Costing and Pricing and the Procurement and Contract Management of Borehole Drilling: May 20-June 3
- Module 3: Borehole Drilling and Supervision: June 3 – June 10
- Module 4: Institutional Frameworks for Borehole Drilling Professionalism: June 10 – 24
- Module 5: Dialogue and Actions to Raise Drilling Professionalism: June 24 – July 8
- Extension for course completion: July 8 – 29
Participants expected dedication
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review compulsory readings and participate in all activities (forums, assignment, multiple choices). Participants who wish to read suggested readings and related videos will require a bit more time.
Criteria for course completion and certification
In order to pass the course and receive a certificate, participants need to score a minimum of 60 points (60%) and must complete at least:
-three assignments and
-three quizzes and
-contribute to at least three discussion forums
Assignments for modules 1, 2, 3 are worth 10 points each, and assignments for modules 4 and 5 are 15 points each. Forums give 3 points per module and quizzes 5 points. Regardless of this minimum level of 60 points for course completion, we do expect a very high level of activity and interaction
If a participant scores:
– 60 points or more he/she is approved and will get a certificate
– between 30 and 59 is incomplete (has done some level of activities, but not enough to be awarded with a certificate)
– less than 30 points is visitor
(one or more
Contents, facilitators and course partners
The course is 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.
Dr Sandwidi, Hydrogeologist with competence in hydrology, climate change aspects related to water, irrigation management, IWRM and social sciences. Currently lecturer at University of Fada N’gourma in Burkina Faso, Dr Sandwidi is in charge of BRAVE 2 project of UPGro programme since 2013 and has been involved in various webinars and online trainings on groundwater as well as consultancies on irrigation and climate change aspects.
Ivann is a French geologist and hydrogeologist with over 15 years of experience in groundwater resources exploration and management, environmental impact assessments and geological and hydrogeological mapping. He has been involved in design and implementation of many groundwater monitoring networks and water supply boreholes drilling in Africa and Europe.
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.
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.
Ms Rakoto is a hydrogeologist and holder of an engineering diploma. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of water supply projects in rural and urban areas. She has knowledge of drilling work in various types of geological conditions. She has participated in the development of a practical guide for carrying out borehole projects for water supply, and built capacities of the staff of partner NGO’s, government and private sector for water supply projects.
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
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.
Justine Haag, Water Integrity Network (WIN)
Justine Haag is a Swiss WASH engineer and cooperation specialist in charge of the coordination of Water Integrity Network´s West Africa and Capacity Development programmes since early 2019. She has experience in planning and implementation of interventions with a wide range of stakeholders in various water sub-sectors (water supply treatment and distribution; wastewater conveyance, treatment and reclaiming; participatory groundwater agreements for IWRM).
Hydrogeologist with a focus on groundwater research in Africa. Kirsty is co-author of the Africa Groundwater Atlas and co-ordinator of the UPGro research programme, which focusses on physical and socio-economic issues of water security in sub-Saharan Africa. She has facilitated several knowledge exchange workshops and training courses focussed on different aspects of groundwater use and development in Africa.
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.
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.
Skat Foundation 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) www.rural-water-supply.net
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.
Water Integrity Network (WIN) www.waterintegritynetwork.net
WIN supports and connects an open network of partner individuals, organizations, and governments promoting water integrity to reduce corruption, and improve water sector performance worldwide. WIN researches the impact of corruption and mismanagement in the water sector and advocates for integrity as a crucial requirement to achieve the global development agenda. We support integrity change processes in countries and develop and promote tools for Transparency, Accountability, Participation, and Anti-corruption. In all our work we focus on capacity development and risk prevention.
British Geological Survey www.bgs.ac.uk
The British Geological Survey is a world-leading geological survey focusing on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes. The BGS provides expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience. Our client base is drawn from the public and private sectors both in the UK and internationally. We aim to meet the changing needs of society with responsive, innovative and interdisciplinary science. BGS is the UK’s premier provider of objective geoscientific data, information and knowledge and a world leading centre for: geoscience survey, mapping and monitoring; modelling and research; and data and knowledge management.
OXFAM´s vision is a just world without poverty. We want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives. It´s purpose is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. To achieve this OXFAM uses a combination of rights-based sustainable development programs, public education, campaigns, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance in disasters and conflicts, challenging the structural causes of the injustice of poverty, and work with allies and partners locally and globally. OXFAM works as a confederation of affiliates, seeking maximum impact by building on our respective strengths. By working together, we enhance our collective impact and cost effectiveness, and contribute to a just world without poverty.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. UNHCR works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. Since 1950, UNHCR have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displacedand stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. UNHCR helps to save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home.
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.Apply for Course
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May 13, 2019 - July 29, 2019