Sub-Saharan Africa has vast surface waters in form of rivers and lakes, many of which are under very serious threat and are getting severely degraded. The increasing human settlements, agriculture, industry and other anthropogenic activities are the pressures impacting these aquatic systems. As a result, out of ten people still lack access to safe drinking water and there are high cases of waterborne diseases in the region. The socio-economic importance, resilience and biodiversity of these freshwater ecosystems are reduced.

The STREM project “Strengthening community- based research for river health and climate change mitigation in East Africa” funded by Africa Uninet has organized a four day on-online training course for water professionals and post graduate students. This is geared towards the project objective of improving the existing knowledge on rivers health and enhancing the skills and capability for research and management of rivers. The course focuses at equipping students with basic water quality principles and community engagement in the management and sustainable utilization of river resources.

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Specific Course Objectives:

At the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess river health using chemical, physical and biological variables
  • Determine linkages between human activities and river health
  • Acquire knowledge to be able to design and conduct community-based field research for effective monitoring and better management of rivers in the region

In order to achieve the main objectives stream project partners have organized a research base online training on community-based management and monitoring of river health.

The expected outputs of the online training are:

  • Trainees with multidisciplinary approach in management and monitoring of water quality
  • Opening up new areas for further research by the graduate student
  • Capacity building in terms of competency skills and knowledge in community engagement and data management in research.

The Online Course Training Opportunity HHH

Applicants are invited for fully funded four days of online training covering relevant modules specified in SECTION I below. The training is to be conducted by partners from Kyambogo University (Uganda), Egerton University (Kenya), and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria). Information on the method of attendance will be communicated directly to individuals that will be admitted. The opportunity is available for 30 eligible students. And the selection shall be based on the eligibility criteria described in SECTION II. A certificate of attendance will be issued to trainees who successfully complete the training.

Course Modules


This course is open to water professionals and postgraduate students at any recognized University.

Criteria for selection;

  • Proof of admission to a relevant postgraduate program in your University
  • A letter of recommendation from the program’s head of department in your University
  • Demonstrate interest in research training and conducting research within the respective discipline.


Interested applicants must have a signed recommendation letter from their academic institution and CV.

The application form should be electronically filled and the CV and signed recommendation uploaded HERE by 6th January 2023 at 4: 00 PM EAT. The selected individuals will receive feedback by 20th January 2023

STREM -''Strengthening community- based research for river health and climate change mitigation in East Africa.''