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1 1 CAPACITY BUILDING BY THE WATER RESEARCH COMMISSION SA Mitchell

2 2 THE NICHE OF THE WRC IN THE WATER SECTOR Generate new knowledge to sustainably manage the national resource in a continually changing landscape Generate new knowledge to sustainably manage the national resource in a continually changing landscape Build high level human resources for the water sector Build high level human resources for the water sector Contribute to building the capacity to work with the new knowledge Contribute to building the capacity to work with the new knowledge Assist those responsible for capacity building with resources from which to develop course material Assist those responsible for capacity building with resources from which to develop course material

3 3 WRC POLICY ON CAPACITY BUILDING Capacity / competence building should be an automatic outcome of the research process. Capacity / competence building should be an automatic outcome of the research process. The WRC actively supports national objectives towards capacity building of previously disadvantaged individuals and groups The WRC actively supports national objectives towards capacity building of previously disadvantaged individuals and groups Previously Disadvantaged Institutions Previously Disadvantaged Institutions The WRC encourages proposals that incorporate the active participation of previously disadvantaged individuals, institutions, consultants, students and researchers The WRC encourages proposals that incorporate the active participation of previously disadvantaged individuals, institutions, consultants, students and researchers Interinstitutional collaboration, subcontracting, mentoring and training. Interinstitutional collaboration, subcontracting, mentoring and training.

4 4 REQUIRMENTS FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS Our selection process requires the demonstration of capacity building Our selection process requires the demonstration of capacity building Universities / technikons Universities / technikons Individuals Individuals Institutions Institutions Communities Communities E.g. National Water Resources Strategy E.g. National Water Resources Strategy Transfer skills Transfer skills

5 5 STUDENTS SUPPORTED during the lifecycle of approximately 350 projects

6 6 STUDENTS SUPPORTED DURING 2002 within approximately 300 projects - a snapshot Previously disadvantaged individuals 211Total312

7 7 CAREERS IN WATER School leavers School leavers Employment success Employment success Develop relevant skills in a real workplace Develop relevant skills in a real workplace Graduates from WRC funded research move into senior positions in the water sector Graduates from WRC funded research move into senior positions in the water sector Commissioning a study on where WRC-funded graduates find employment Commissioning a study on where WRC-funded graduates find employment The global job market The global job market South African water specialists, particularly engineers, working all over the world South African water specialists, particularly engineers, working all over the world

8 8 SOME ACHIEVEMENTS Women in Water Women in Water WRC contributed to the capacity of 3/5 award winners through WRC funded research in 2003 WRC contributed to the capacity of 3/5 award winners through WRC funded research in 2003 Dr Nozibele Mjoli – Policy Dr Nozibele Mjoli – Policy Dr Jackie King – Researcher 35 and over Dr Jackie King – Researcher 35 and over Dr Susan Barclay – Researcher under 35 Dr Susan Barclay – Researcher under 35 Mentoring centers (few examples) Mentoring centers (few examples) Pollution research group, UN Pollution research group, UN UWC – Dept of Earth Sciences, Groundwater Group UWC – Dept of Earth Sciences, Groundwater Group UPE UPE Developing Developing Fort Hare Fort Hare U Venda / U North U Venda / U North U Zululand U Zululand


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