The research consortium, led by the British Geological Survey (BGS) brings together an interdisciplinary research team of leading UK, African and Australian researchers on water governance, hydrogeology, systems engineering and groundwater recharge, together with WaterAid, a global authority in the policy and practice of developing rural water supplies with a history of innovation.

Research in each country is being led by an African academic institute with strong support from WaterAid country offices that will facilitate the intensive phases of fieldwork with local partners, as well as contribute to the research and provide key pathways to practitioners and local and national governance institutions. Other partners and their roles are outlined below:

  • University of Sheffield will lead on research surrounding the water point governance arrangements and detailed surveys;
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will undertake the wider political economy research;
  • WaterAid will work on engineering approaches with support from University of Cambridge who will also lead the Systems Dynamics analysis;
  • Flinders University will provide highly specialised expertise on the interpretation and modelling of environmental tracer for robust recharge assessments;
  • British Geological Survey (BGS) will work with the African universities to develop and carry out the detailed hydrogeological studies around water points.