Sandra Fürst

Water and Sanitation Specialist, Communication and Network Coordinator

     Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable rural water resource management
  • Networking and communications
  • Geographical development research
  • Innovation and change management at large scale
  • Participatory methods and strategic planning

Sandra Fürst is a development professional who combines her technical and methodological expertise in rural water resource management with her passion to design and implement sustainable innovations at scale.

Key data

Qualification (Institute) M.Sc. Geographical Development Research & B.Sc. Courses in Biology, Chemistry, Free University | Berlin, Germany

B.A. Cultural Studies, European-University Viadrina | Frankfurt – Oder, Germany

International Environment and Development Washington Semester Program, American University | Washington, D.C., USA | Ecuador

International Politics and Economy (Exchange Program), Sciences Po Paris – Institut d’Études Politiques | Paris, France

Permaculture Design Certificate, Terra Permaculture, Australia

Working languages German (native), English (excellent), French (fluent), Spanish (intermediate)
Years of Experience 4+
Nationality German
Country experience and regional expertise Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania

Asia: China, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand

Americas: Nicaragua, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia

Selected projects, roles, achievements and publications
  • RWSN – Rural Water Supply Network Secretariat
  • UPGro – Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor
  • REACH – Improving water security for the poor
  • RésEau – Water Network to assure the sector knowledge management within SDC and with its partners
  • Baseline study and needs analysis of teachers and associated teachers training organizations in Tanzania
  • Scaling agricultural innovations with agricultural research centers and German development agency
  • Development of analytical sustainability framework for appropriate practices
  • Analysis of livelihoods, ecosystems and agricultural water management practices around small reservoirs in Burkina Faso with an agricultural research center
  • Contribution to world food supply and water resources project with Agricultural Engineering Institute
  • Case study on the ‘wild’ fruit and walnut forests in Southern Kyrgyzstan
Key clients
Affiliations and networks ·        RWSN – Rural Water Supply Network

·        RésEau – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Water Network