Using non-technical language, describe your proposed research in a way that is understandable to a general audience (max. ½ page) Applicants should assume that it will be read by lay people, and not researchers or the technically competent. It should explain what the project intends to do, why it is doing it, where it is going to do it, and what will change as a result (summary of anticipated development outcomes).  

This research project aims to improve the living conditions of the Palestinian refugees through better water supply and sanitation services. The team comprises researchers from Birzeit University (Palestine), Al-Balqa’ Applied University (Jordan), and UNESCO-IHE (The Netherlands). The study area will be Al-Jalazoun Refugee Camp (The West Bank) and Jerash Refugee Camp (Jordan). The research team will implement several activities that contribute to achieving the project objectives. The main focus will be evaluating and implementing sound solutions that integrate water supply, decentralized wastewater treatment, rainwater harvesting, and raising public awareness in the two refugee camps. The project methodology is based on the following activities: 1) organizing an inception workshop in Jordan, 2) a Feasibility study on the potential solutions and appropriate technologies that can applied for collection and treatment of rainwater and wastewater in the refugee camps, 3) based on the results of the feasibility study, implementing pilots for rainwater collection and treatment in each of the two camps, 4) based on the results of the feasibility study, implementing pilots for wastewater collection and treatment in each of the two camps, 5) a socio-economic and gender study (Knowledge-Attitude-Practice-KAP) pertaining water supply and sanitation through implementing questionnaire surveys and interviews (Pre-awareness) in the two camps, 6) conducting a number of activities that raise public awareness within the two refugee camps, and 7) a socio-economic and gender study  (KAP) pertaining water supply and sanitation through implementing questionnaire surveys and interviews (Post-awareness) in the two camps, 8) Workshops, 9) Mobility of researchers (staff and students), and 10) Finalization of project documents and reports.