WHaTeR: Work Packages




This Work Package will be concerned with all dissemination activities. The activities are directed at:
1) the exchange of ideas and gathering of inputs of stakeholders on RTD needs, methodologies and results,
2) the exchange of ideas and gathering of inputs of stakeholders on WHT policies,
3) the conduct of trainings on RTD methodologies and WHT development and improvement, and
4) the communication and dissemination of project objectives, project results and policy recommendations to multiple stakeholders including the general public.
Different tools will be used for dissemination, some with focus on specific groups. A total of eight multistakeholder workshops will be organised, i.e., 4 in each target country during the earlier part of the project to communicate with and gather inputs from local stakeholders on the outcome of the WHT revisits, the RTD research needs, methodologies and WHT policies and 4 in each target country during the latter part of the project to communicate and gather feedback on RTD results and WHT guidelines and policies. In addition, trainings on RTD methodologies and WHT development and improvement will be part of the multistakeholder workshops to increase understanding and knowledge on WHTs among stakeholders.

Other tools for dissemination are the posters and brochures that will be produced in different languages. An audiovisual presentation (video) will be developed with inputs and perceptions of various groups of stakeholders engaged in and/or linked to WHTs. This video and the visual material of WHT on-farm testing in the four target coutnries will serve to produce a documentary for policy and educational purposes. Additional funds need to be generated to produce such a video documentary of broadcast quality.

Major and/ or news-relevant events like the kick off of the project, the multistakeholder workshops, the synthesis workshop, and the launch of the documentary will be communicated using mass media tools like radio,TV, and newspapers. Finally, the project website will also be used to communicate news and project activities to the general public, specific WHT stakeholders, WHT developers and scientists, and policy makers.


The main objectives of WP14 are:
. to inform the general public and stakeholders in Europe and Africa about project aims, activities and findings
. to increase understanding, by transferring and exchanging knowledge, on WHTs among local stakeholders(trainings)
. to gather stakeholder inputs and perceptions on WHTs and associated policies serving, amongst others, as feedback to action researchers (workshops)
. to organise and facilitate the synthesis workshop and associated activities (workshop logistics, communication,input gathering on final RTD results, reporting)
. to help facilitate the spread of publications and documents among consortium partners and relevevant stakeholders
. to come up with policy briefs for strategic policy design and reform directed at the creation of enabling conditions for WHT uptake in regional economic and development plans of Sub Saharan Africa
. to (facilitate/perform) communication, networking and linkages to other relevant projects under the EC and other institutions


D14.1) Mass media presentation and dissemination plan: A plan will be made and implemented to communicate and disseminate project objectives, activities and findings through TV, radio or other mass media tools, using audio-visual materials and press releases [month 2]

D14.2) Flagship brochures and posters: Flagship brochures and posters will be produced in different languages and disseminated to communicate project objectives and activities to the public. [month 12]

D14.3) Multistakeholder workshop proceedings I: Proceedings of the four local multistakeholder workshops,one in each of the target countries, will be produced with the assistance of local consortium partners. The proceedings will report on the dual goal of the workshops i.e., 1) communicating with and gathering inputs from local stakeholders on the outcome of the WHT revisits, the RTD research needs and the WHT policies, and 2)training stakeholders on RTD methodologies and WHT development and improvement. [month 13]

D14.4) Visual presentation WHT stakeholders: A audiovisual presentation (video, dvd) will be produced showing the perceptions of stakeholders on past, current and future Water Harvesting Technologies and their impact on environmental sustainability, community livelihood, and uptake and upscaling. The audiovisual presentation will be based on video materials compiled with the assistance of the consortium partners in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia,South Africa and Tanzania [month 24]

D14.5) Visual presentation of improved WHTs: A visual presentation (film) will be produced based on video materials showing RTD activities and progress over time of improved WHTs established on the ground in the target countries. [month 36]

D14.6) Multistakeholder workshop proceedings II: Proceedings of four local multistakeholder workshops, one in each of the target countries, will be produced with the assistance of local consortium partners. The proceedings will summarize the presentations, discussions and stakeholders' feedback on the RTD results fo far, the WHT guidelines and the WHT policy recommendations and will include a description of the training component conducted. [month 36]

D14.7) Proceedings synthesis workshop: Proceedings of the international synthesis workshop will be produced with a focus on the feedback given by workshop participants on project results including the WHT guidelines and policy recommendations. This feedback will be incorporated in the final project documents (synthesis reports,internal review, policy briefs) during the last 6 months of the project. [month 43]

D14.8) Policy recommendations: Feedback on and perceptions of policies related to WHTs will be gathered during the multistakeholder workshops in the four target countries. In addition, the various RTD synthesis reports (of Work packages 4 up to 12) will formulate policy recommendations. All these recommendations will be gathered and integrated into policy briefs for dissemination. [month 44]

Lead Institution:

Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet)

WP Leader:

Maimbo Malesu