Sandra Fürst

Climate-resilient Water, Food and Livelihood systems

     Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable water, food and agroecological systems
  • Rural livelihood systems
  • Natural resource management
  • Climate resilience
  • Innovation and change management at large scale
  • International development politics, economics and research
  • Strategies and instruments of development policy and practice
  • Participatory, innovative methods and strategic planning

Sandra Fürst is a development professional who combines her technical and methodological expertise in climate-resilient water and food systems with her passion to design and implement sustainable innovations for rural livelihoods 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 5+
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
  • Swiss Water Partnership – Multi-Stakeholder Platform of the Swiss Water Sector
  • 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
  • Sustainability assessment of climate-resilient water and food systems
  • 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
  • Swiss Water Partnership – Multi-Stakeholder Platform of the Swiss Water Sector
  • RésEau – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Water Network
  • AGUASAN – Community of Practice