This year ends on a high for the UPGro programme, which the BRAVE project falls under. Since the programme began, the programme executive board has required that reports are produced for the Department of International Development (DFID). Upon review of these reports, the programme is graded.

This year UPGro was awarded a grade A+, which means that the programme is exceeding its expectations and funders are pleased with the results which it has been producing.

This is good news for the programme as it means that it is meeting its expectations and a good grade could encourage funders to invest more in this field of research.

The BRAVE project and its partners are proud to be a part of the UPGro umbrella and has contributed to the UPGro programme by hosting events, training sessions and supporting local research students.

We hope that the research carried out by the UPGro consortium projects continue to ensure that the hidden wealth of Africa’s aquifers benefits all its citizens.

BRAVE Presents at MOLE XXVIII Conference, Accra, Ghana

Shani Haruna

The BRAVE project participated in the MOLE Conference, held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana, October 2-6.  It was the 28th conference of the MOLE series of conferences. The theme of the conference was “Ghana’s Lower Middle-Income Status: Implications for Sustainable WASH Services Delivery”.  An annual event organised by the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), it brings together participants from Ghana, West Africa and abroad to deliberate on issues affecting the water sector in Ghana. Participants come from different backgrounds including NGOs, CSOs, ministries, government agencies and academia.
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BRAVE Presented at Fifth iLEAPS Science Conference, Oxford, September 11-14

BRAVE was featured in a presentation by Dr Peter Cook at the Fifth Annual iLEAPS (Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study Conference.  iLEAPS is a global research project of Future Earth.  This year’s theme, “Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges,” organised by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology of the National Environment Research Council.

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Reflections on the Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly, Experiences in Cape Town

-Dr Peter Cook*

During the week of 28th August and 1st September 2017 I attended “Good Hope for Earth Sciences”, the Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly, in Cape Town IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA- International Associations for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, and of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy). There was a large contingent from the University of Reading and also many researchers from Oxford University, the University of East Anglia and the British Antarctic Survey.

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Enhancing Existing Monitoring Catchments in West Africa through Collaboration

David Macdonald, British Geological Survey

A key component of water resource management is the sound scientific understanding of water flows and storage. Where water supplies are sourced through wells and boreholes in the underlying rocks, we need to understand the volumes of water stored there and how natural climate variability and land cover control how these stores are replenished.  For longer term planning purposes, we also need to assess how climate and land use change will impact on the resource.

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In Memorandum

arton78850It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Mr. Isidore Bénéwendé Nonga ZONGO who was killed in a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, August 13, 2017.

Mr. Zongo was the Burkina Faso Country Director for the German NGO, Welhungerhilfe.  A greatly respected colleague and friend, he is fondly remembered for his dedication to the continued development of Burkina Faso and building a better future for all.

Our sincerest condolences to the Zongo Family and Burkina Faso community.

Welhungerhilfe Remembrance of Mr Isidore Zongo

Lorna Young Foundation’s Radio Extension Program for Ghana and Burkina Faso is underway!

Radio is arguably one of the most important, cost-effective sources of information for the majority of rural farmers in Africa. Along with farmer field listening groups and multi-stakeholder groups agri-educational radio programming addresses the training needs of smallholders by establishing a dialogue directly with rural farming populations, delivering live, relevant and real-time updates on issues affecting their crops and livelihoods.

In June 2017, the Lorna Young Foundation conducted radio extension training with CARE and Christian Aid Sahel to launch BRAVE’s radio extension program.  The aim of this radio extension program is to improve the resilience of farming communities to weather shocks, lack of access to good quality water and to support conservation of resources.

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