capacity building

Regular university curricula help students to specialize in e.g. agricultural engineering, parasitology, drinking water and sanitation, ecology. However, in real life these disciplines often overlap - as in the focus of water health. Building capacity of junior as well as more senior people working in the overlap helps them to speak the others' language and increase understanding. Staff at water health has rich experience in capacity building, ranging from supervision of students to the organization of workshops and teaching on a wide variety of topics.

project: Empower Water Leaders

UNESCO-IHE and the Asian Development Bank have initiated a study on leadership in the water sector. Carried out by water health in collaboration with MFG Advies, the study identified what makes someone a good leader in the water sector, where more water leaders are needed, how these could be trained, and what role a dedicated water leadership development program could play in building this capacity in Africa and Asia (Feb-May 2013).

Results of the study have been presented at the 5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development: developing capacity from Rio to reality - who's taking the lead? in session 3 Exploring Water Leadership Development, Delft, the Netherlands, 28 May 2013.

organized workshops and training

Ecosystem approach in water management for food security, UNEP-IWMI workshop, 23-24 June 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Water scarcity, water quality and health problems, IDRC session at EcoHealth Forum, 1-5 December 2008, Mérida, Mexico.

Waste Water Irrigation, IWMI seminar, 11 June 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Multiple use of water, session at the International Forum on Water and Food, 13-17 November 2006, Vientiane, Lao PDR.

National seminar for on multiple use of water in Ethiopia, 26 October 2006, Addis Ababa.

Sustainable and productive uses of water within a multiple use context, CRS-East Africa workshop at CRS All Africa Water Conference, 22-26 May 2006, Nazret, Ethiopia.

Malaria and maize, Fogarty-Harvard-SIMA training workshop, 19-20 September 2005, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Integrated water resources management and multiple uses of water, training workshop for Plan East Africa, 18-22 October 2004, Nairobi, Kenya.

Health as a cross-cutting issue in dialogues on water for food and the environment, International WHO/Dialogue/InWent workshop, 15-18 December 2003, Amman, Jordan.

Multiple uses of water supply and sanitation in the Title II Program, USAID / CRS training workshop, 17-22 March 2003, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.

supervised students

Eline Boelee has been involved in the supervision of various students over the years: 

PhD level
Hohenheim University, Germany & Loughborough University, UK Economic aspects and water balance, respectively, of urban wastewater irrigation (Africa)
Tufts University, USA Health issues in water resources development (Africa)
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria Environmental impacts of irrigation (Ethiopia)
East Anglia University, UK Hydrochemistry and groundwater quality (Sri Lanka)

Master's level

Students in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Morocco (from Addis Ababa University, Arbaminch University, Ethiopia; BOKU, Austria; McGill University, Canada; Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka; Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Morocco; Wageningen University, Twente University, the Netherlands) on water quality, home water treatment, malaria entomology and epidemiology in irrigation systems, wastewater irrigation, livestock water productivity, parasitology related to irrigation and drinking water sources, water use, institutional arrangements for multiple use water services, health / environmental / socio-economic impacts of irrigation, irrigation systems design and operation, water allocations, groundwater recharge.