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
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.
  • The Phase III students are preparing to attend the 15th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29-31 October 2014.  The student abstracts have been accepted, and they are now in the final stages of preparing their papers and presentations. Click here for more information about this exciting event!
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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