Sub-Saharan Africa Water Resources Network

SSAWRN builds on two existing networks—one that emphasizes research and another that promotes postgraduate education. It addresses sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing water issues, including rising use, declining quality, insufficient research and teaching capacity, inadequate weather stations and the effects of climate change on water supply. The network assigns first priority to research projects that address practical issues and contribute to problem solving. Students are encouraged to share research experience with others and to participate in consultancy work. SSAWRN is working to develop a culture of multidisciplinary problem solving.

Updates on Network Activities
CONGRATULATIONS to Drs. Bolu Onabolu, Nelson Odume (both pictured above), and Jane Tanner of SSAWRN (all at the Rhodes University node) for completing their PhDs! RISE is incredibly proud.
At the Rhodes University node:
  • We have 4 fully supported PhDs, 1 partially supported PhD and 1 MSc (also partial funding). All of these students have already started their research.
  • One PhD student has started at Makerere and one MSc student at Eduardo Mondlane University.
  • We are preparing for the Phase III students to attend the 15th Waternet conference in Malawi at the end of October.  The student abstracts have been accepted and some of them are now preparing papers.

At the Okavango Research Institute:

  • Gosaitse Tubatsi has submitted her thesis and is awaiting his thesis defense.
  • Kelebogile Mpho has submitted her final corrections after her defense and is awaiting approval.
  • Krasposy Kujinga is doing his thesis write-up and has been offered a job in Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Bame Keabetswe has finished her fieldwork and laboratory analysis and is doing her thesis write up.
  • Mathews Tsirizeni (PhD), Keotshephile Mosimane (PhD) and Obakeng Motswaledi (MPhil) have just registered and are developing their research proposals.


SSAWRN Leaders
Academic Director
Prof. Denis Hughes, Director, Institute for Water Research
Rhodes University, South Africa
Project Manager
Prof. Elonio Muiuane, Department of Geology
Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Prof. Wellington MasambaOkavango Research Institute (ORI)
University of Botswana
Prof. Michael Ocaido, Department of Wildlife and Animal Resource Management
Makerere University, Uganda
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