There are many organisations with an interest and expertise in groundwater and hydrogeology, in Africa and around the world. The following is not an exhaustive list, but includes some of the most active organisations. If you know of others, please let us know!
IAH works to raise awareness of groundwater issues, and work with national and international agencies to promote the use of groundwater. It publishes academic research through the Hydrogeology Journal and the IAH Book Series.
- Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net)
The AGW-Net aims to increase awareness of the potential and value of groundwater across Africa and to contribute to capacity building in the groundwater sector. Its objectives include building capacity for improved groundwater management at all levels, advocacy for wise and sustainable use and protection of groundwater and integration of groundwater management with surface water. The AGW-Net also acts as a meeting place for the African groundwater community, where ideas may be debated, projects and plans shared, jobs and work advertised and partners and friendships formed. The AGW-Net works in close cooperation with the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).
IGRAC is dedicated to groundwater information and knowledge in the widest sense, on a worldwide scale and on a non-commercial basis. It facilitates and promotes international sharing of information and knowledge to promote sustainable groundwater resources development and management worldwide. Since 2003 IGRAC has provided an independent content and process support, focusing particularly on transboundary aquifer assessment and groundwater monitoring.
- Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)
RWSN is a global network of professionals and practitioners working to raise standards of knowledge and evidence, technical and professional competence, practice and policy in rural water supply. It produces many resources to support groundwater development and management.
- River basin management organisations
Management of water at the river basin level has been widely adopted in Africa. In river basins that incorporate major aquifers, particularly transboundary aquifers, groundwater can be closely integrated into the river basin approach. Two of the key organisations with relevance to groundwater are the Nile Basin Initiative and the Lake Chad Basin Commission.