Find out what the programme is about in this short illustrated introduction.
About VIA Water
VIA Water fully started working in the summer of 2014. Before that, a substantive journey had already been undertaken. The programme had been commissioned as one of the 'Knowledge Platforms' the Dutch government established, to build a scientific research base for future policy making in Dutch international development aid.
In the Dutch water sector, a different view was expressed: many people felt there was much more need to actually test the research and new ideas, and see what works in practice and what does not. A plan was made to serve this need, and the first outlines of the programme became visible. A programme set out to look for innovative solutions to solve water problems, through which could be tested what methods might make a solid base for future development. Through the trials, errors and successes of the projects we fund, we hope to learn, draw conclusions and ultimately re-invest this knowledge into the sector.
In the fall of 2014, we commissioned research into the 'most pressing water needs' in Africa. From this, we drew conclusions about what we should be focusing on. This has meant VIA Water only works on cities in the 7 focus countries, and on 12 pressing needs. We also determined what we believe in and strive for, and what this means for the programme.
VIA Water believes that the world is changing. From exclusive property, the hoarding of knowledge, and established institutions, towards cooperation, knowledge sharing, and co-creation. VIA Water believes in these new values and finds therein the energy and the solutions that can solve the water issues in African cities.
VIA Water works on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 - Water in cities in Africa -, in innovative ways, together with new as well as experienced players, and with a mind-set focused on sustainability.
VIA Water supports projects with innovative solutions for water problems facing cities in seven African countries: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan. Through the programme, these solutions can be brought to life: with financial support, but also with the help of the (online) learning community. Wherever possible, we will support you throughout the process: connecting you to possible partners, finding experts that might be able to help you etc.
Since we have been set up to gather knowledge and to learn from your projects, sharing about your idea and the process of your project realisation are key to the programme. This means you will be required to give regular updates about your project, the success but also the challenges that you might encounter. This way, we strive towards making development in the water sector more evidence based, ultimately bringing this development to a higher plan.
VIA Water is a cooperation between IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Aqua for All, and is being funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Through this combination VIA Water enjoys the strengths of many fields of water expertise.
Titia Wouters - Programme manager
Karin van der Weerd - Communications Advisor
Shabana Abbas - Fund Manager
Dick Bouman - Fund Manager
A steering group gives strategic direction to VIA Water and is composed of:
Carola van Rijnsoever, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands), Director Inclusive Green Growth
Aalt Leusink, Owner Loasys, founder of NWP, former director IWACO and NEDECO, former governor of CPWC, Chair of Akvo
Jacqueline Barendse, WASTE, Managing Director
Victor Langenberg, Deltares, Water Resources Specialist + Coordinator Subsaharan Africa
Willem Mak, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (Netherlands), Program Manager International Water Affairs
Our programme office is located in The Hague, The Netherlands:
2515 VK, The Hague
T: +31 (0)70 720 0870