Institutions and Websites


GDLN (Global Development Learning Network)
IHE (Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering)
ITN (International Training Network for Water and Waste Management)
Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University (WEDC)

GDLN (Global Development Learning Network)

The Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) is a worldwide partnership of distance learning centers (GDLN Centers) and other public, private, and non-governmental organizations committed to development learning and development dialogue for lasting poverty reduction. Offering a unique combination of distance learning technologies and methods, GDLN facilitates timely and cost-effective knowledge sharing, consultation, coordination, and training. The World Bank is a key member and continues to provide considerable support.African partners are located in: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda.


GDLN Services
World Bank Institute
MSN J2-202
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 - USA
Tel +1 202 458 8196
Fax +1 202 522 2005

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IHE (Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering)

The International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (IHE), Delft is a human resources and institutional development center established in 1957 which provides advisory services in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure, focussing on human resources and institutional development in developing countries. It envisions communal control of water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner and basic services to all, especially the poor. IHE contributes to the education and training of professionals and building the capacity of knowledge centres and other organizations in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure.


Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft,
The Netherlands.
Tel: +31(0)15 2151 715
Fax: +31(0)15 2122 921

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ITN (International Training Network for Water and Waste Management)

The ITN is a network of local, regional, and international training institutions to provide training, spread information and facilitate research on low-cost water supply and sanitation sectors. It was established by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) in 1984, as a development instrument to conduct region specific training with global linkages and resource base.

The ITN assists governments in formulating policies for human resource development and the promotion of the role of women in the water and sanitation sector. It provides a comprehensive audiovisual series on low-cost technologies and approaches in the sector through its partnership of training centers, host agencies and local governments.

ITN has several regional centers/partners:

  • NETWAS (Network for Water and Sanitation International is located in Eastern Africa and comprises of a regional center NETWAS International and two national centers - NETWAS Uganda and NETWAS Tanzania.).
  • CREPA (Centre Régional pour l’Eau Potable et l’Assainissement à faible coût, Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. It has in the past supported the establishment of satellite centres in various countries of French speaking western Africa - Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Guinée-Bissau, Guinée-Conakry, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad and Togo.)
  • IWSD (Institute for Water and Sanitation Development is located in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Institute aims to assist in the achievement of sustainable development of water resources and waste management through the provision of support to development agencies in Zimbabwe and the Southern Africa region through training, research, advisory services and information dissemination.)
  • TREND (Training, Research, Education and Networking for Development is located in Kumasi, Ghana.)
  • NCWSTI (Community Water and Sanitation Training Institute is located at the University of the North, Sovenga, South Africa.)
  • NWTI (National Water Training Institute is located in Nigeria.)
  • CFPAS (Centro de Formação Profissional de Águas e Saneamento is located in Maputo, Mozambique. CFPAS is a training centre for water for water and sanitation primarily offering its training courses in Portuguese. The institute caters well for Portuguese speaking African countries. It is currently attempting to review its programmes to cater for neighbouring English speaking countries of Southern Africa.)


Mr. Mathew N. Kariuki
NETWAS (Network for Water and Sanitation),
Magadi Road, P.O. Box 15575
Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: (254-2) 501-301 to 03; 504-163
Fax: (254-2) 506-112

Dr. Paul Taylor
Institute of Water and Sanitation Development (IWSD),
Box MP 422, Mount Pleasant,
Harare, Zimbabwe.
Tel: (263-4) 303288
Fax: (263-4) 303280

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Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University (WEDC)
WEDC offers an integrated approach to education, training, research and consultancy activities in water and sanitation. It operates within\ the Institute of Development Engineering of the Department of Civil and Building Engineering of Loughborough University, UK.


Loughborough University
Leicestershire LE11 3TU UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 222885
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 211079

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