by Donald John MacAllister, February 2018
The Hidden Crisis team met, in Kampala, Uganda, 5-8 February 2018, for our annual project meeting. The meeting followed the successful completion of Survey 2 in Ethiopia and Uganda, the initiation of the Longitudinal Studies in all three countries, and some initial analysis of the Survey 1 results. The Malawi team are making good progress in Survey 2 and are due to complete the work in March 2018. So there was a huge amount to discuss at our third workshop.
Team members from each of the project countries attended, with our Australian members dialling in by Skype on the final day. We were also fortunate to have the Director of the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment and many of his senior colleagues attend for a full day of the workshop. The Ministry has been very supportive of the work of the Hidden Crisis following its inception in 2015, and the success of the catalyst grant that ran in Uganda from 2013 – 2014.
The workshop reflected on the excellent progress that has been made in the project this year, discussed the key interdisciplinary research questions and analysis required, and began planning for the final 18 months of the project. The team also took the opportunity of being together to discuss how the key messages and outcomes from the project could be communicated to key stakeholders and different target audiences.