Four projects granted in first round of Connecting Worlds of Knowledge

12 July 2019

Four projects were selected to receive funding in the first round of Connecting Worlds of Knowledge call of the Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) research and innovation programme. The granted projects include two capacity development and two implementation projects. The projects are aimed at enhancing the use and translation of UDW research results for innovation and implementation in delta management and policies.

Did you know? The call will be continuously open until the budget is exhausted: the deadline for the second round is 17 September 2019.

Funding could be requested for activities that contribute to the interlinkage of research and implementation. These included exchange, capacity development and next steps to implementation based on earlier research findings.

Granted projects

Capacity Development

Capacity development in Ghana, South Africa, the Netherlands (and beyond) through an Open Online Course: Design for Inclusive and Adaptive Delta Management (DIADeM)
Main applicant: Prof. dr. K. Appeaning Addo
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Design for Inclusive and Adaptive Delta Management, including integrated and sustainable port planning, will be co-produced and delivered through the international EdX platform. The envisaged participants are future and practicing engineers, ecologists and planners interested in deepening their knowledge on delta management.

Capacity for Participatory Institutional Analysis
Main applicant: Mr. Z. Hossain
In the UDW Shifting Grounds project, an approach for participatory institutional analyses has been developed and tested, as a basis for smart interventions in institutional designs. Part of this approach was the participatory development of problem-specific models for institutional analysis and the use of game-based workshops to share such institutional understanding. The current project will build capacity for the use of this approach with various organisations, mostly in the southwest delta and Khulna-Jessore regions in Bangladesh.


Extending the Planning Toolkit for Strategic Delta Plan Implementation in Bangladesh
Main applicant: Mr. M.F. Khan
In the UDW project Strengthening Strategic Delta Planning, a method has been developed to systematically assess the implementation feasibility of strategic planning alternatives, based on stakeholders’ motivations and abilities. This method, MOTA, looks into stakeholders’ Motivations, Opportunities, Triggers and Abilities and has been successfully applied in the context of the Mekong Delta Plan in Vietnam. The current project will investigate the potential for this planning method to be applied outside its original application area. In particular, it looks into the potential for MOTA to support implementation programming for the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100) and for further methodological extensions that enable this.

TAPP-BDP: a participatory tool towards end-user inclusive implementation of safe water supply within the Bangladesh Delta Plan
Main applicant: Prof. dr. B.A. Hoque
The project aims to accelerate the development of the smart phone application ‘TAPP’ to TAPP-BDP to contribute towards the interest of the Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) in clean drinking water through improved services. TAPP is a spin-off product of the UDW-DELTAP project and has been developed to improve operation and maintenance of water supply systems in Bangladesh.

Urbanising Deltas of the World

The projects are part of the Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) research and innovation programme, which is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the UDW-programme is to increase knowledge about river deltas worldwide and to contribute to water safety, food security, and to sustainable economic development in these areas.

Source: NWO