Risk Assessment and Reduction Strategies for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa Mali – RARSUS-SEMALI

Sector Water & Energy (Engineering and Policy)
Area Mali, Niger, Algeria, Germany
Period 2017 - 2019
Budget Approx. 483 411 €

Sustainable urban development is becoming a key challenge globally due to growing population, fast urbanization, environmental and climatic concerns. African countries are on a move to development and there is need of great care for sustainable use of available resources to avoid the risks of resource depletion, environmental pollution and climate effects. Sustainable development of urban and semi-urban regions requires an adequate risk management in supply of resources (water, energy, food). Such supply systems are susceptible to increasing risks arising from resource depletion, non-sustainable use, improper management, environmental and climatic risks. Research collaborations present a unique opportunity to address the adaptation of sustainable resource supply to avoid prescribed risks to urban and semi-urban developments. Such network will provide an exemplary platform for exchange of technical knowledge and research expertise and encourage interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral higher education endeavours.
The main objective of this project is establish is to long-standing research-based higher education cooperation between Germany and the African partners in the area of sustainable resource supply management in urban and semi-urban regions.

• Propose the sustainable solutions to improve the overall supply situation of urban systems.
• Develop the groundwater models in combination with GIS-based tool for appropriate sites selection.
• Hydrological modeling output data monitoring will be fed in GIS systems in order to support conceiving strategies.
• To identify the key energy resources and local supply infrastructure, which are vital for the sustainable development of Mali.
• Develop a methodology to assess and develop different energy supply scenarios.
• Renewable energy resource assessment and their potential role of renewables into energy mix in the region of Bamako Mali.
• Develop the criteria in order to rank the importance of energy resources in the Malian context.
Key Activities and Events
• Highlight activities and events e.g.
• Development of renewable energy lab with focus on solar, wind energy storage technology.
• Pilot scale research on key resource supply challenges in urban and semi-urban African areas with participation of relevant stakeholders.
• Platform for professional capacity-building and knowledge transfer, delivery of training in research and capacity building for university staff, young researchers, as well as practitioners dealing with an interdisciplinary and interfaculty approach.
• Design and development of e-learning courses for water, energy and agricultural production is offering high quality and meaningful content.
• The Summer school will provide students with the necessary knowledge and improve capability and technical skills.

Higher Education Partners
• The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences)
• Faculty of Sciences and Techniques (FST) at University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTT-B) Mali
• Institut Polytechnique Rural de Formation et de Recherche Appliquee (IPR-IFRA), Katibougou Mali
• Abdou Moumouni University, Niger
• The Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn (UB)
• The United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Funding Partner
• German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)