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Published on: 30/04/2013

RiPPLE was established as an independent NGO in 2012 working to “promote/enhance learning on water & related sectors in Ethiopia and the Nile Region through action research, networking  policy practice engagement, knowledge management and capacity building”.

RiPPLE – which stands for Research inspired Policy & Practice Learning in Ethiopia (RiPPLE) – was established as a WASH research programme from 2006 to 2011 with funding from DFID, and core partners being the Overseas Development Institute, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Addis Ababa University, WaterAid Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Catholic Church-Social & Development Coordination Office of Harar/HCS. But it also became a much wider network, engaging many national and international partners in its network and platforms.

Key activities: RiPPLE focus on research, knowledge management and policy engagement. With the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy, RiPPLE organise bi-annual FLOWS (Forum for Learning on Water and Sanitation) seminars. An important part of RiPPLEs approach is to work through learning and practice alliances established at local (e.g. woreda and regional) levels.

Where RiPPLE work: RiPPLE has expanded its intervention areas to all the four major regional states of Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray as part of its work with UNICEF in addition to the existing intervention areas in Eastern Ethiopia and elsewhere in the country.

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Contact: The current Director is Takele Kassa (