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Volume 16, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 861–871, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-16-861-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: Hydrology education in a changing world

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 861–871, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-16-861-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 19 Mar 2012

Research article | 19 Mar 2012

Hydrological education and training needs in sub-Saharan Africa: requirements, constraints and progress

D. A. Hughes D. A. Hughes
  • Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Abstract. This paper represents a perspective on the education and training needs related to hydrology and water resources science within the sub-Saharan Africa region and discusses the requirements of the region, some of the relatively recent developments and initiatives and some of the constraints that exist and remain difficult to surmount. The requirements include the development of academic research capacity and technical skill for both the private and public sector at a variety of levels. Some of the constraints that exist include a lack of adequate funding, lack of follow-up after short training courses, lack of institutional support to continue training, and competition for major water resources development projects from organizations outside the region. One of the main conclusions is that to sustain both educational and practical expertise in hydrology and water resources science within the region there is a need to build a "critical mass" of local expertise. Part of this could be achieved by increasing networking within the region and promoting the sharing of information, tools and expertise. There is also a need to promote institutional support.

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