UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

A world-class university committed to scholarly excellence

Awards Announcement:- Project on Innovative Application of ICTs in Addressing Water-related Impacts of Climate Change (ICTWCC)

Send by email

The project is running a research awards program to enable registered students in universities in African, Asian and Latin American countries to carry out research on different aspects of ICTs, climate change and water.  

 

The main objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of registered Masters and PhD students in universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) to more effectively engage in research on application of ICTs for water management under changing climatic conditions and the attendant policy formulation. The specific objectives are to:

  1. Train/support graduate students (Masters and PhD levels) to conduct research on ICTs, climate change and water through research awards;
  2. Build institutional applied research capacity on ICTs and climate change adaptation strategies in the water sector in weakly funded postgraduate programs in the various universities in the three regions; and
  3. Increase inter-regional partnerships and collaborations among the participating institutions in this emerging area of applied research.

 

The call for proposals was distributed in August 2012 within the three project regions through: The project portal, Project’s team networks, Independent list of Universities from the Internet, RUFORUM network in Africa, Asian and LAC project partners.

The listed thematic areas were as follows:

  1. Modelling and mapping of water resources, weather forecasting and climate monitoring using ICTs.

  2. Use of ICTs to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities to deal with stress due to climate change.

  3. ICTs in vulnerability mapping.

  4. ICTs in the “last mile” challenge of Early Warning System (EWS).

  5. ICTs in social learning and knowledge sharing and exchange particularly in the fields of water and climate change and climate adaptation.

  6. Integration of indigenous knowledge with modern ICTs to cope with the hazards of climate change and water.

  7. ICTs in creating more effective governance mechanisms to manage scarce and changing water resources.

  8. Strengthening the building of partnerships, networks and stakeholder collaboration among those engaged in research and discourse on climate change and water through the use of ICTs.

 

A total of 83 applications were received. Through a competitive evaluation process, 31 candidates were shortlisted.  A summary is shown below.

MSc Awards

 

 

 

Country of Study

Awards

Africa

   
 

Ethiopia

1

 

Kenya

2

 

Mozambique

1

 

Uganda

1

Asia

   
 

Nepal

1

 

Thailand

1

 

Vietnam

3

LAC

   
 

Belize

1

 

Bolivia

2

 

Brazil

1

 

Ecuador

1

 

Guatemala

1

 

Peru

1

Total MSc Awards

 

17

     
     

PhD Awards

 

 

 

Country of Study

Awards

Africa

   
 

Cameroon

1

 

Ethiopia

2

 

Kenya

2

 

South Africa

1

Asia

   
 

China

2

 

India

1

 

Philippines

1

 

Vietnam

1

LAC

   
 

Costa Rica

1

 

Nicaragua

1

 

Peru

1

Total PhD Awards

 

14

     

Total Awards

 

31

Visit ICTWCC project website for more details.