To understand how Arts and Humanities led research, particularly participatory design and community engagement methods, can address development challenges in the area of clean water, sanitation and hygiene (SDG6) in Lusophone and Francophone African countries, in order to promote the AHRC portfolio in under-represented areas and locations;
to grow capacity and capability in Lusophone and Francophone African countries in participatory design and community engagement methods, in order to enable a fuller understanding of the role of local cultural, religious, linguistic, gender and other factors, on water, sanitation and hygiene practices and services;
to establish a sustained transdisciplinary network that enables African and UK researchers, in order to co-design community-centred and culturally-sensitive and gender-mainstreaming projects aimed at delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene services for Africa;
How are we going to achieve these aims?
Through a transdisciplinary literature review and workshop in the UK, with key stakeholders to lever future community actions;
By running capacity building workshops in Angola and Cameroon with relevant local research, policy makers, industry and community, including schools;
By developing two collaborative Arts & Humanities grounded project proposals co-designed at grass roots level with communities to tackle clean water, sanitation and hygiene in African countries.