In May 2015, Professor Paul Whitehead gave a keynote talk at the launch of Britain’s first national water benchmarking scheme. The event took place at world-renowned Pinewood Studios, giving it “00” status!
A global research project led by the University of Oxford and backed by the British Government will help millions of people in Africa and South Asia to have reliable access to water. Announced by International Development Minister Baroness Northover, the seven year research project will receive a £15 million grant from the Department for International Development.
Oxford’s smart handpump research has been recognised by in the Government of Kenya’s Water Services Regulatory Board’s (WASREB) annual Impact Report. Eng Robert Gakubia, CEO of WASREB, identifies the continuing challenge of attaining national targets for urban and rural water with the need to explore innovative approaches highlighting the “interesting work done in Kitui County” by Oxford University in a a special section.
UNICEF has signed a partnership agreement with Oxford University to test new models for rural water sustainability in Africa. The two year programme of work is led by Dr Rob Hope with Professor David Bradley, Patrick Thomson and Johanna Koehler, and government and private sector collaborators in Kenya.