UNESCO-IHE Research Projects

Project ongoing since: 2007 • UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education


The research aims at increasing access to safe, sufficient and affordable water for people. It is trans-disciplinary, holistic and applied, and is positioned mainly within an urban and peri-urban context.


The research carried out by UNESCO-IHE aims at increasing access to safe, sufficient and affordable water for people. It is trans-disciplinary, holistic and applied, and is positioned mainly within an urban and peri-urban context, including centralised and decentralised approaches, advanced and low-cost technologies, and engineered and natural systems. Beside technical, technological and engineering aspects of WASH, UNESCO-IHE also addresses its societal, economic and institutional aspects. A current focal area is emergency sanitation (emergency kits and technology, Emergency Sanitation Operation System - eSOS©).

- Overview of research theme
- Capacity development project on sanitation, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Book on "Faecal sludge management", co-authored by staff from this institute
- PhD and MSc theses by students of this institute ( can be found in the SuSanA library)


Image: UNESCO-IHE eSOS toilets © unesco ihe

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Camps (emergency or longer term) Capacity development Dutch government Emergency and reconstruction Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia Faecal sludge treatment processes Fundamental research and engineering Global Other funding source or unspecified Political processes and institutional aspects Technology comparisons Treatment of wastewater or greywater University, education or research institution Urban informal settlements (slums)


IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

The IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, formerly UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, was established in 2003. It carries out research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. UNESCO-IHE continues the work that began in 1957 when IHE first offered a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering to practising professionals from developing countries. The current name has been used since April 2017 (https://www.un-ihe.org/news/new-name-and-logo-unveiled)

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