2017, Irrigation scheme rehabilitation and management
At the request of local institutions and farmers, the program completed a rehabilitation assessment of an irrigation scheme in the Ar Ruj plain. The project funded by the Qatar Red Crescent is implemented by Geo Expertise. The project comprises the rehabilitation of irrigation canals, the repair or replacement of pumps and the installation of two electric generators. A local management system was developed based on the establishment of a water user association and an operational budget plan was designed including the private sector, water users and funding agencies.
2015 - ongoing, Program supporting the development of small-scale irrigation in Niger
The program aims at building capacity to support small-scale private irrigation and improve production technics. It also aims at defining potential irrigation areas using satellite images and field data. Remote sensing is essential to locate irrigation development potential, to define small-scale irrigation development strategies and to strengthen advocacy capacities of farmer organizations.
2016 – ongoing, Negotiation of agreements for the rehabilitation and management of shared water supply networks
The Program has documented in north western and central Syria 25 water supply networks crossed by demarcation lines and/or ethno-sectarian territorial limits. The rehabilitation and management of these water networks requires the establishment of a negotiation and mediation process involving all stakeholders. A pilot project is conducted in north western Syria with the support of the Human Security Division of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs.
2012 - ongoing, Effects of the conflict in Syria: corps production and water infrastrcuture
Geo Expertise had conducted in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) a campaign of collect geo-referenced data and satellite imagery analysis to assess the state of agriculture in Orontes Basin and North East of Syria. This study has contributed to assess the state of the agriculture sector and has identified the areas where the security and social condition allow to develop a rehabilitation project(Ar Ruj, Azmarin, Aldousat, ...). The project monitired the state of irrigation schemes and assessed rehabilitation needs.
2014 – 2016, Syrian Civil Society Support Program
In collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, this program emerged from the Orontes River Basin Project. Access to water in the Orontes basin for domestic and agricultural purposes and the management of water resources and infrastructures will be key elements in post-conflict medium and longterm reconstruction and reconciliation, and as such it cannot be addressed in isolation from the immediate need for emergency relief and humanitarian aid. Accordingly, this program offers trainings and workshops inside Syria aimed at strengthening the capacities of local civil society organisations in and around the Orontes basin to design and implement humanitarian aid and development assistance projects. The program includes the maintenance of a large collaborative network with frequent updating and surveying mechanisms in-place. This program emphasises the active future role of Syrian organisations in post conflict recovery planning.
2012 - ongoing, Water Security in the middle East: Orontes River basin
Part of an overall project on water security in the Middle East led by the Graduate Institute and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The project analyses water management challenges and perspectives, establishing a multidisciplinary scientific and technical network on water management in the Orontes River basin including Lebanese, Syrian and Turkish organisations. A key objective of the Orontes River basin program is to provide baseline data to support water management in Syria in the post-conflict transition period.
Geo Expertise’s Syrian team includes local, regional and international experts with various backgrounds: Agriculture, civil, mecanic and electrique engineering, hydrogeology, agroéconomist, Socials economics, geographer, environment, law, governance, international relations, conflict and peacebuilding. the team covers the entire territory of Syria. The teams works in close collaboration with a large network of Syrian engineers based in the countrry and abroad. This network is an important source of information on agriculture and water infrstaructures in Syria.
- 2012, Geo Expertise designed a program related to Humain rights and international organizations dedicated to women students from King Saudi University (Saudia Arabia). This was amid to improve them knowldge in human right’s, women rights and the operating mechanismes of UN System and international organizations in Geneva.
2011 – 2012, Health Care Accessibility Measurement Program, Geo Expertise conducted a project for the World Health Organization
Operationalizing the UN Secretary General’s Joint Action Plan for women and children’s health
Investing the marginal dollar for MNH: Geographic Accessibility Analysis methodology and implementation process
Progress on MDG5a to reduce maternal mortality is lagging behind in many countries and a key constraint is access to skilled care at birth including emergency obstetric care (EmOC) services. This document describes the methodology and implementation process proposed for assessing geographic accessibility to essential maternal health services, and specifically EmOC, in selected countries. The objective of this analysis is to identify local health system supply side constraints to scaling up maternal and newborn health care. A cost analysis subsequently estimates the marginal investment needed to expand coverage and uptake of services.
This work is undertaken to inform policy discussions on how to optimize or target the spending of the marginal dollar for maternal health at country level; in particular to examine the infrastructure requirements for scaling up coverage of institutional delivery with skilled attendance.
The analysis will be undertaken for at least 5 countries, selected based on criteria that include current maternal mortality burden (MMR) as well as availability of data. A process is currently ongoing to identify the final list of countries. The list of countries for consideration includes: Burundi, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Zambia. The work is done as a desk review, making use of already collected and available data. Discussions on interpretation and policy messages will be undertaken in collaboration with country level maternal health experts in the selected countries.
The analysis will produce estimates on the percentage of pregnant women located within 2 hours of travel time from the nearest EmOC facility, and the implications that this will have for reaching MDG5a. The analysis will provide information to inform current policy discussions at country and global level, specifically:
- Recommendations on health system output indicators and benchmarks on EmOC.
- A discussion on current health system barriers to care from the supply perspective and their implications for expanding universal access to MNH services.
- Guidance on the relative financial resource requirements for different scenarios aiming at expanding access to, and use of, quality skilled care at birth taking place in health facilities