Until it was completed in December 2013, the NBDC comprised, in its second phase (2010-2013) five linked projects:

Learning about rainwater management systems. This project reviews past and ongoing activities, compiles an inventory of actors, and identifies best practices for dissemination and use. Download the report / annexes.

Integrating technologies, policies and institutions. This project will develop integrated rainwater management strategies – to slow down land degradation and reduce downstream siltation. Read the project brief. The last contact person for this project was Simon Langan.

Targeting and scaling out of rainwater management systems. This project will better target or ‘match’ promising technologies with particular environments, thus overcoming the limited success and impact of many past agricultural development efforts. Read the project brief. The last contact person for this project was An Notenbaert.

Assessing and anticipating the consequences of innovation in rainwater management systems. This project will quantify the consequences of improved rainwater management, measuring downstream, cross-scale consequences of successful innovation in the Ethiopian highlands. Read the project brief.  The last contact person for this project was Tracy Baker.

Catalyzing platforms for learning, communication and coordination. This project provides a multi-stakeholder platform for all the projects in support of improved communication, innovation and adaptive management. Read the project brief. The last contact person for this project was Alan Duncan.

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In its last year, however, the NBDC research challenge was governed under an initiative named ‘One NBDC’, which aimed to bring together all research strands and teams organized in the above-mentioned projects. The idea of One NBDC was to feed align insights and processes to deliver better integrated results and a more useful set of approaches that could be used by key actors working on Ethiopian land and rainwater management. Read more about the ‘One NBDC’ initiative‘.