The University of Strathclyde, through the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI).
The MoU, which was signed in Blantyre (Malawi) last May, establishes an overarching framework for strategic collaboration between SADC-GMI and the University of Strathclyde to support research and capacity development on groundwater related services and innovations in the SADC region for the next 3 years.
SADC brings together 15 countries in promoting sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient, productive systems, deeper co-operation and integration, good governance, and durable peace and security. The 15 member states are: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Eswatini, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Likewise, SADC-GMI’s core mandate is to promote sustainable groundwater management and providing solutions to groundwater challenges in the SADC region through creating an enabling policy, legal and regulatory environment, capacity building, advancing research, supporting infrastructure development, and enabling dialogue and accessibility of groundwater information.
The MoU between Strathclyde University and SADC-GMI seeks strategic collaboration in areas such as: students’ research and scholarships; exchange knowledge and capacity building; distribution and access to data, products, tools and innovations; capacity building among authorities, academic institutions, implementing agents and policy makers; and implementation of projects and initiatives of mutual interest.