Capacity building

Capacity development is a cross-cutting activity underpinning all elements of the RiPPLE programme. Central to our understanding of capacity building is a belief in shared learning and knowledge development across and beyond the consortium. Our long-term goal is to encourage new approaches and practices in financing, system design and delivery in WASH and more effective links to productive activities and economic growth.

RiPPLE approaches capacity development from three directions: individual human resource development; strengthening institutional competence; and enhancing sub-national, national and Nile regional capacity through greater integration, networking and communication.

LPA platforms at different levels are a critical forum through which to identify needs and opportunities for capacity development.

RiPPLE Master Students

The College of Development Studies at Addis Ababa University (previously the Institute of Development Research), the leading development studies training and research institute in Ethiopia, launched a new post-graduate training programme in development studies in 2004. The progamme includes core courses in development perspectives and development policy and strategy analysis. Some 150 students attend the two-year, research-based Masters, which includes one taught year and one thesis year. RiPPLE is currently sponsoring 24 students to attend the course. The students will conduct their thesis on one of the RiPPLE LARS reaserch areas with support from international researchers, and will have the opportunity to become part of the RiPPLE core research team after graduation.

RiPPLE Communications Training

In conjunction with Haramaya University (HU), RiPPLE will be organising numerous activities towards building capacity in communicating about WSS issues. These activities include:

  • A module on WASH issues with communication students at HU with the Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension and MetaMeta.
  • Internships in the RiPPLE programme for HU MA/BA students
  • Sponsoring two post-graduate students to write thesis on WASH-related topics
  • A jointly-hosted training workshop for journalism and communication specialists on reporting on WASH issues

Page last updated 28 Aug 2009