DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

MEDRC’s Development Cooperation program promotes regional cooperation on transboundary water issues, supports development and builds capacity in the areas of most need in the water sectors in Palestine and Jordan.

MEDRC works in close collaboration with the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), the Ministry of Water & Irrigation, Jordan (WAJ), and the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA), to identify key areas of need and to provide agencies with a multilateral framework for cooperation and knowledge transfer.

OUR PRIORITIES

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION ACTIVITIES CORRESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING PRIORITY AREAS, WHICH ARE COMPLEMENTARY AND MUTUALLY REINFORCING:

Capacity Building and Training

Building technical competence and promoting excellence in the water sector is a key objective of training and capacity building activities.

Enhancing Research and Innovation

Innovating to manage scarce water resources informs programs under this heading, which includes promoting centers of research excellence, building and maintaining networks, and creating sustainable links for Integrated Water Resource Management.

Expertise and Dialogue Support

Strategically developed to respond to the needs of our primary water sector partners, MEDRC focuses on providing technical support, expertise, and guidance, in order to increase institutional capacity.

Transboundary Water

Helping countries deal with water issues across borders by harnessing best practice in water diplomacy.

TRANSBOUNDARY WATER

MEDRC’s transboundary water cooperation program focuses on harnessing strategic expertise and provides a forum for dialogue and cooperation across borders. The format, schedule and content are designed to identify training needs and capacity gaps on water sector issues, management and policy.

WORKSHOPS & DIALOGUE SUPPORT

Bringing government, academics and practitioners together to discuss various case studies and theories relating to transboundary water issues. Previous workshops have addressed issues such as costing, climate change, water diplomacy and public administration. Attendees are invited to present examples from the USA, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. MEDRC’s dialogue support program assists countries in forming joint responses to transboundary water issues.

TRANSBOUNDARY NETWORK

The transboundary program joins officials, academics and practitioners involved in our workshops and dialogue support into an informal network of alumni.

TRANSBOUNDARY BRIEFINGS

A series of quarterly briefings on concepts and issues relating to transboundary waters providing external examples and practical lessons for water practitioners. The briefings discuss issues such as transboundary water cooperation, covering such topics as governance and institutions, comparative models of water diplomacy, new technologies and data methods, international water laws, and emerging issues such as cyber security of joint water infrastructure.

UNIVERSITY CAPACITY BUILDING

Developing in-country university research capacity through awards for graduate student fellowships, targeted research projects, and strategic equipment funding.

WATER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

A unique initiative offered in partnership with the Palestinian Water Authority and the Ministry of Water Irrigation, to support academic research capacity in Palestine and Jordan, MEDRC offers exceptionally talented graduates the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study at participating universities in Palestine and Jordan.
Thesis topics are developed in a problem-solving context, addressing an immediate need or specific problem as identified in conjunction with the water authorities of Jordan and Palestine. To date, MEDRC’s Fellowship Program has funded over 200 master’s level students pursuing important topics in water research, serving as a resource for future students and the water authorities of Palestine and Jordan.

MEDRC’s Water Research Fellowship now includes a Ph.D Program. Currently, Ph.D. level water research is typically conducted outside of the region, limiting the coordination and impact of research with the water authorities. MEDRC is working to bridge such gaps, supporting effective water solutions sustainably developed within the national context.

THE MEDRC WATER RESEARCH FORUM

The Forum brings together MEDRC Fellows and experts from all sides of the water sector to discuss regional and global water challenges in a collaborative environment, while showcasing the innovative ideas and research of outstanding MEDRC Fellows. The Forum will be held as a series of events, held in Jordan, the West Bank, and Gaza and will feature presentations from both current students and Alumni, adjoined by expert discussion panels, under an overall theme developed by the Student Steering Committee.

The Student Steering Committee, formed of MEDRC Fellows and consisting of several key elected executive positions, will be responsible for curating the forum and will be assisted by MEDRC, it’s regional partners and participating universities.

Elected executives will be chosen by MEDRC Fellows with input from MEDRC’s Fellowship partners, including the regional water authorities and participating universities.

MEDRC is now accepting applications to join the Student Steering Committee. Please click here to download the applications forms.

INNOVATION INITIATIVE

MEDRC Water Research is pleased to announce the launch of a new ‘Innovation Initiative’ research grant award for Palestine and Jordan, provided through funding from the Government of the Netherlands.

The Innovation Initiative will provide support funds ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 USD per project, to a small selection promising projects in relevant areas of water research. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuously rolling basis, until the annual fund allocation is exhausted. The annual funding window will reset in July of each year, for a period of three (3) years.

July 2017 – 2018 – Year 1
July 2018 – 2019 – Year 2
July 2019 – 2020 – Year 3

Candidates will be scored across comprehensive criteria reflecting the strength of the research proposal, the innovation of the approach, and the strategic impact of the project on local and regional water challenges. Special consideration will be given to projects also integrating renewable energy.

Please find full application details and requirements below in the ‘Call for Applications’ and the ‘Application Form’ for your respective region.

TECHNICAL CAPACITY BUILDING

Enhancing institutional capacity through specialized trainings and coursework that help to bridge the knowledge and capacity gaps of institutions.

STRATEGIC TRAINING PROGRAM

MEDRC has developed a bespoke in country training program that responds to specific areas of need for the Palestinian Water Authority and the Jordan Valley Authority. Offered trainings are practical and focused at the local level in the Jordan Valley of Jordan, and Palestine. Training content is developed every year in partnership with the PWA and the JVA according to their current priorities.

We also deliver our train-the-trainer workshop series from our state of the art training center at MEDRC Headquarters in Muscat, Oman. Courses are developed by identifying the needs of each region in coordination with the domestic water authorities, providing targeted training seminars to professionals of institutions from the water sectors in Palestine and Jordan. This program helps local water authorities to effectively manage their water resources and to implement their water strategies to address domestic water sector issues.

RESEARCH TRAINING CENTERS

Research Training Centers—such as the “Gaza Test Bench”—provide the necessary teaching infrastructure to develop professionals and technicians in-country for the water sector, providing for hands-on development with advanced water technologies. These facilities bridge university capacity building and technical institutional capacity building through practical training initiatives.

The Gaza Test Bench is a unique initiative providing in-country research facilities and equipment for the development of water sector professionals capable of addressing pressing water needs. The test bench is a small-scale NF-RO (nanofiltration and reverse osmosis) desalination testing plant, with MEDRC providing for the funding, design, and construction of the plant.

EXPERT TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANEL

MEDRC, in cooperation with the PWA, have brought together a panel of leading industry experts to form an Expert Technical Advisory Panel. The panel exists to provide advice, technical expertise, and guidance to the Technical Water Sector Capacity Building Program, Gaza. Gaza suffers from several environmental issues that impact upon the quality and quantity of water for its inhabitants. There is a pressing need to invest in the development of the technical capacity of the water sector and its staff, if an improvement to the current situation is to be achieved. Working in collaboration with Almadina Consultants – Environmental Management and Urban Planning, a number of consultancy projects were undertaken to assist the work of the PWA in GAZA. Further details are available by downloading the booklet below.

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