This capacity-strengthening workshop, which was funded by SHLC’s Capacity Development Acceleration Fund, will provide training to urban water governance researchers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

From 5-8 July 2021, the University of Glasgow and the University of Dar Es Salaam hosted the virtual Symposium on Urban Water Governance in partnership with the Tanzanian NGO Shahidi wa Maji and Edinburgh-based Water Witness International. Sixty seven attendees from civil society, academia and government heard from eight speakers over four days on topics ranging from the politics of urban governance through theories of change for programmes of social accountability, trust in water providers and decentralised technologies for water, sanitation and hygiene.

The symposium also showcased video testimony of stakeholders and residents of the city of Dar Es Salaam. Full details of the programme including Zoom recordings and video testimony can be found at .

Fisherman boats in front of Kivukoni fish market, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Shutterstock, Igor Grochev
Fisherman boats in front of Kivukoni fish market, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Shutterstock, Igor Grochev

The main objectives are:

  • To enable early career researchers to have an up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of urban water governance in Dar es Salaam, as perceived and experienced by the population of the city;
  • To expose early career researchers, including scientists and social scientists, to diverse methodological frameworks;
  • To empower NGO leaders and their staff as well as public officials involved in the urban water sector to utilise scientific and social scientific research results to argue for and to enact changes which enhance the resilience of local communities;
  • To strengthen the applicants’ own research capacity and build networks of stakeholders to include as collaborators on a planned future esearch proposal.

Project Outputs

The project was led by Dr Opportuna Kweka from University of Dar es Salaam and Dr Neil Munro from University of Glasgow.

This research project ‘Capacity-Strengthening Workshop for Future Research Leaders in Urban Water Governance in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.’ was funded by the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC)’s Capacity Development Acceleration Fund. SHLC is funded via UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.