Our Mission

To strengthen the Palestinian water and education sectors through collaborative research and education.


PADUCO has been initiated in March 2012 by a consortium of Palestinian and Dutch universities and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah. The PADUCO team is driven by the motivation to improve the individual, organizational, and institutional capacities in the Palestinian water and higher education sectors by implementing research, education, and training projects.

PADUCO has been implemented in two phases. The first phase (PADUCO-1), was implemented between December 2013 and April 2016. The second phase (PADUCO-2), which has been implemented between October 2016 and December 2020, builds on the results and the lessons learnt from PADUCO-1 and maintain the academic consortium towards establishing a long-term partnership. It also addresses the research priorities of the three most relevant governmental organizations in Palestine, namely the Palestinian Water Authority, the Environmental Quality Authority, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

In the mid- and the long-term we aim to contribute to the effectiveness of the Palestinian water sector regarding the development, provision, and management of water resources and services, to reduce dependencies on donors and external funding, and to bridge the knowledge gaps in the water sector.


Main types of activities 


Project Team

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our country coordinators.

Assistant Professor, Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM), University of Twente

Email: g.ozerol@utwente.nl

 Phone: +31534894171

Address: CSTM/UT, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS), Birzeit University.

 E-mail: abumadi@birzeit.edu

Phone: +970-2-2982120

 Address: P.O. Box 14, 1 Marj Road, Birzeit, the West Bank, Palestine