Research assistant, Jaqueline Nalenoi, discussing water security with a group of women in Sessia location, Samburu

21 April 2017

Understanding empowerment and water security with pastoralist women in Kenya

Research in the Samburu and Maasai communities in Northern Kenya reveals some surprising perspectives on water security and women’s empowerment.

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200 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa rely on handpumps to access groundwater © Tim Foster/REACH

27 February 2017

Handpump vibrations could help secure water for millions of people in Africa

Shallow groundwater levels can be estimated by monitoring the up-and-down movement of handpumps, Oxford University researchers have discovered.

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24 October 2016

Why there’s a handpump in an Oxford car park

The so-called ‘Smart Handpump’ is part of a bold research initiative that connects novel technology, computational informatics, institutional design, sustainable finance and policy reform, to improve poor people’s access to safe, reliable water.

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UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

'Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.'

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