Watch how sand dams work

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylandsRead more

Watch how sand dams work (French)

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands (with French subtitles)Read more

1,000 sand dams - thank you!

Since 2002, Excellent has enabled over 1,000 sand dams in 8 countries, providing clean water for over 1 million people. Hear from some of those people who give a big thank you to all supporters.Read more

Why the Maasai in Kenya need sand dams - Part 1

The people of the Iltirim community in Lekurruki, Kenya, explain why they want a sand dam and the difference it could make...Read more

Why the Maasai in Kenya need sand dams - Part 2

The people of the Iltirim community in Lekurruki, Kenya, continue to explain the different sand dams could make to their lives...Read more

Raincatchers: a film by Al Jazeera

Watch what happened when Al Jazeera paid a visit to our partners in Kenya, Africa Sand Dam Foundation, to learn how sand dams are transforming people's lives.Read more

Who is Excellent Development?

This short film explains who we are and what we do; a charity supporting rural, dryland communities to create food and water security by building sand dams, and conserving water and soil.Read more

Our philosophy and approach

At Excellent Development we pride ourselves in the philosophy and approach of our work - this short film explains the way we engage with communities, encourage working together and learning from each other.Read more

The power of sand dams in Kenya

Sand dams are a cheap, innovative solution to water shortages in drylands, which also transform environments beyond recognition. Find out more about this remarkable technology in this video featuring interviews with Excellent's founders, supporters, those in the community that we support and Professor Jesse Muyambi from the University of Nairobi.Read more

Walking on Water - part 1

In this film, presented by trustee Alison Bell, we demonstrate how the Excellent approach of enabling development through conservation is benefiting communities in Kenya.Read more

Walking on water - part 2

Part 2 of this short film which demonstrates how the Excellent approach of enabling development through conservation is benefiting communities in Kenya. Presented by trustee Alison Bell.Read more

A masterclass in growing mangoes

By practicing ‘climate-smart’ agriculture, farmers like Patrick don’t only adapt, but also make a real contribution to mitigating climate change by rehabilitating land that was previously degraded.Read more

Fish for Thought

Fish are a vital source of protein for people around the world. Yet, for poor rural communities living in drylands, fish can be hard to come by or prohibitively expensive. That’s why, with our partners, Africa Sand Dam Foundation, we have supported self-help groups to establish small-scale fish ponds.Read more

Sand dams: what people think

Find out what participants at the first Caux Dialogue on Land and Security thought about sand dams.Read more

Community terracing in rural Kenya

Along with building sand dams, Excellent supports community groups to improve their environment sustainably through soil and water conservation. Terracing is a key part of this. It is hard work, but communities working together achieve amazing results. Find out how it works.Read more

Community-led tree planting

An important dimension of Excellent's work focuses on community-led tree planting. This film outlines the importance of trees in enabling environmental conservation, energy security and increased food production.Read more

Improving health with sand dams and access to clean water

Health is interlinked with food security, income generation and education. Improving health is essential for enabling sustainable development. This film highlights how Excellent Development is working to improve health through increasing access to clean water in drylands.Read more

How sand dams can improve food production

After terracing land and maximising the use of available water from sand dams, techniques such as inter-cropping, zero grazing, using cover crops and drought-resistant crops can dramatically increase yields. Find out more in this film.Read more

What do people say about Excellent Development?

In this film, farmers in Kenya share their experiences of working with Excellent Development and their thoughts about the Excellent approach.Read more

Creating sustainable futures

Through our partners, Africa Sand Dam Foundation, Excellent Development supports communities with improved farming methods; enabling the conditions needed to create sustainable futures.Read more

Improving harvests and increasing incomes with sand dams

Through Africa Sand Dam Foundation, Excellent Development is providing training to dryland communities on how to maximise their harvests and incomes. Learn more about this impact.Read more

Excellent Development sustainable farming: educational film - Part 1

Excellent Development works with community self-help groups in Kenya, supporting them to improve their water supply, food production, health and incomes. This educational video explains how soil and water conservation through Excellent Development's work with community self-help groups, and comes with a Q&A at the end for any students wanting to test themselves!Read more

Excellent Development sustainable farming: educational film - Part 2

Part 2 of our sustainable farming educational film demonstrates the importance of sustainable agriculture for food security and poverty alleviation. Like with Part 1, the film ends with a short quiz for those wanting to test their new knowledge of sand dams and their impact.Read more

Excellent Development sustainable development: educational film - Part 1

This 3 part film explains sustainable development, using Excellent Development's work as an example of how community-led approaches can create conservation and a virtuous cycle of development. There are questions at the end for anyone that wants to test their knowledge.Read more