News

A bean farmer in Kisolo, Uganda © Neil Palmer/CIAT

8 May 2017

Making water permits work for the poor in Africa

A comparative study across five African countries explores how to make water permit systems more effective and pro-poor.

Research assistant, Jaqueline Nalenoi, discussing water security with a group of women in Sessia location, Samburu

21 April 2017

Understanding empowerment and water security with pastoralist women in Kenya

Research in the Samburu and Maasai communities in Northern Kenya reveals some surprising perspectives on water security and women’s empowerment.

A girl pumps water to fill an animal drinking trough, in Centre-East region, Burkina Faso © Sarah Dickin/REACH

8 March 2017

Dry hands and dry wells: impacts of water insecurity on rural women in Burkina Faso

When water supplies run low, business dries up for women in rural Burkina Faso.

Where we work

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya

Our research is focused on fragile states in Africa and South Asia, regions where water security challenges are greatest and poverty most acute. We are setting up ‘Water Security Observatories’ in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya to implement in-depth interdisciplinary research on water security and poverty. Findings will be relevant for scaling up and adapting to other countries and contexts.

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Research

Building evidence for the links between water security and poverty

Our research takes an innovative, interdisciplinary, risk-based approach, looking at water security risks and poverty reduction across three themes: resource sustainability, inclusive services and sustainable growth. The evidence we produce will help guide investment and design policies and practices that benefit the poor.

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How we work

A global science-practitioner partnership

We are partnering with UNICEF global, regional and country offices to make sure that our science informs their programmes of work and changes lives. UNICEF has over 100 offices worldwide and a global mandate to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene for the poor.

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Dr Rob Hope, Programme Director

‘We’re developing a risk-based framework for policy-makers to assess water security risks at global, national and individual household scales.’

Partnership Funding

Be part of our research programme

We are looking to build partnerships with other practitioners, enterprises and researchers passionate about water security and poverty reduction in Africa and South Asia. The first round of projects funded by Catalyst Grants are now underway. There will be further calls during the course of the programme.

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Water Security 2015

International Conference

Our inaugural conference was held in Oxford on 9-11 December 2015 and debated new thinking for improving water security for the poor. 

 

 

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UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

‘Research into how water resources can be better managed
will help millions of the world’s poorest
and most vulnerable people.’

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