News

Meru town welcomes the Devolution Conference delegates

18 May 2016

How far has devolution come in Kenya?

Kenya's political system is transforming under devolution. But what does this mean for drinking water security and will the poor be better or worse off? Johanna Koehler reports back from the Third Annual Devolution Conference.

Inside a garments factory  in Dhaka, Bangladesh © jankie

29 April 2016

Can cleaner rivers help Dhaka's poor?

On 15 April we hosted a science-industry event to identify shared interests in a sustainable garment industry, which benefits business, the environment and poor people.

A woman holds up some of the vegetables she has grown in a garden in Cape Town, South Africa. © Kate Holt/Africa Practice

19 April 2016

Gender and water: understanding water security in the household

It's critical for researchers and practitioners to assess water usage, needs and risk within the household. This means speaking to women and girls, who might otherwise be overlooked.

Where we work

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya

Our research is focussed on fragile states in Africa and South Asia, regions where water security challenges are greatest and poverty most acute. We are establishing ‘Water Security Observatories’ in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya where we will implement in-depth interdisciplinary studies on water security and poverty. The programme will be designed so that it can be scaled up and adapted for 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.
We are investigating water security risks and poverty reduction across three themes: resource sustainability, inclusive services and sustainable growth.
Our science 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 call for proposals for ‘Catalyst Grants’ has now closed, but there will be another call later this year.

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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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