Moving November – from Delft to Delhi

by Alexandra den Heijer

November was so overwhelming that I did not find the time – or energy – for a new post. Last month we visited India. It was actually my only trip this year that did not have anything to do with work. In fact, I almost forgot work when we were there. Even though there were many links to my research: the importance of physical infrastructure for education.

adding dams in Karauli, India - enabling the (female) population to focus on education instead of water

the result of our project to add dams in Karauli, India – enabling the (female) population to focus on education instead of water; more info in English http://www.karauli.com and in Dutch http://www.stichtingkarauli.nl/

In a small group we visited the Karauli area to see the dams (that hold back water after the wet monsoon, the resulting reservoir being used as a water supply). Our last visit was in 2005, before the dams were constructed. Without the dams young women and girls spent their days walking to get water. The project is combined with investments in schools and courses for women. We work in close collaboration with the maharaja of Karauli. We were amazed by the results after 7 years: 7 effective dams. The importance of physical infrastructure for education…

In my next post I will get back to what else happened in the past month – all related to the importance of physical infrastructure (university campuses, learning landscapes, student housing) for higher education and the knowledge economy…

PS New publications of the past months can be downloaded: PUBLICATIONS / RELATED RESEARCH

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