Recently completed projects

Financial and health diaries in Nigeria and Kenya

How do low-income families in Nigeria and Kenya manage their money, decide on consumption and deal with health issues?

Water Harvesting Technologies revisited: Potentials for Innovations, Improvements and Upscaling in Sub-Saharan Africa (WHaTeR)

The WHaTeR project aimed to contribute to the development of appropriate water harvesting techniques (WHTs) that are sustainable under current and future dynamic global and regional pressure, strengthen rainfed agriculture, improve rural livelihood and increase food production and security in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A Sustainable Approach to Livelihood Improvement (ASALI)

The project’s overall aim is to contribute through research and education to the development of sustainable and innovative methods of livelihood improvement for local communities. The focus hereby is on disadvantaged groups such as small-scale farmers, women and youth in the vicinity of the partner universities in western and south-eastern Kenya

Spatial assessment of poverty and food security in Mozambique

The project provides training and research collaboration for the research department of the Ministry of Economics and Finance and its partner institutes regarding the spatial assessment of poverty and food security.

Modelling Policy Coherence for Development: evaluating impact and coherence of Dutch and EU policies towards Ghana

This project from 2013-2014 explored the impact of selected aid and non-aid policies in Ghana pursued by the Netherlands and by the EU over the period 2006-2011, both qualitatively and quantitatively, through the design of counterfactuals in a simulation model.

Climate change predictions in Sub-Saharan Africa: impacts and adaptations

ClimAfrica is conceived to respond to the urgent international need for the most appropriate and up-to-date tools to better understand and predict climate change, assess its impact on African ecosystems and population, and develop the correct adaptation strategies.

Productive Employment in Segmented Markets of Fresh Produce

This research project investigates the segmentation of the avocado sector in Kenya, comparing a modern and innovatively programmed and a more traditional and non-programmed mode of farming.

Stimulating Community Initiatives in Sustainable Land Management

The project highlights the potential of sharing and stimulating community initiatives in Africa. It focuses on four diverse African countries – Ghana, Morocco, South Africa and Uganda – with UN Environment as the GEF implementing agency

GLOLAND (Integrating human agency in global land change models)

The GLOLAND project, which focuses on land system change, contributes to a new generation of integrated global assessment models. These models will explicitly account for the (spatial) variation in decision making to support the design of earth system governance.

LUC4c: net climate forcing

LUC4C will advance our fundamental knowledge of the climate change - land use change interactions, and develop a framework for the synthesis of complex earth system science into guidelines that are of practical use for policy and societal stakeholders.

W4RA, Web Alliance for Regreening in Africa

W4RA’s mission is to support farmer-managed regreening activities specifically by enhancing information, communication and knowledge sharing for rural development.

Impact Evaluation of the Dutch Food Security Programme in Rwanda Food Security

The project is an impact evaluation of the Dutch food security programme for Rwanda 2012-2015. The evaluation analyses 14 separate projects in this programme.

Towards concerted sharing: development of a regional water economy model for the Jordan River Basin

The project ‘Towards concerted sharing: development of a regional water economy model in the Jordan River Basin (JRB)’, has been completed in September 2016; the project has been executed by a team of water and natural resource specialists and economists from Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestine Territories and a regional research center, who worked jointly with SOW-VU staff to improve their understanding of the local water economy and cross-border related water problems in the JRB

Improving resilience of the inland fisher communities and aquatic systems to overfishing and water resource degradation in Benin

The project explores the vulnerability of the coastal inland fishing sector to increasing pressures on water resources caused by a mounting population, pollution from urban areas and changing climatic conditions

Policy impact profiling for child food and nutrition security in Zimbabwe

This new project focuses on the heterogeneity of policy impact of agricultural and food policies for child nutrition. These policies interact strongly but complexly with agro-ecologic, institutional, and socio-economic drivers of child food and nutrition security, suggesting that effective and inclusive policies should be differentiated across groups of children and their families.