Where we work

REACH has core research programmes across eight Water Security Observatories in three countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya.

An observatory is a research location where significant but uncertain trajectories of change – such as urban growth, migration, or climate risks – are predicted over the next decade or even longer time spans. In each observatory we’re carrying out an in-depth, long-term and interdisciplinary study on water security and poverty.

We also fund projects through our Partnership Funding, with 12 Catalyst Projects working across eleven African and South Asian countries, and more funding opportunities forthcoming.

Our research is focused on fragile states in Africa and South Asia, regions where water security challenges are greatest and poverty most acute.

The Water Security Observatories

Coastal water security

Bangladesh

Water security for an urban river

Bangladesh

Universal drinking water security

Bangladesh

Sustaining growth through water security

Ethiopia

Water security in fragile environments

Ethiopia

Small town pathways to water security

Ethiopia

Building water secure institutions

Kenya

Small towns in fragile environments

Kenya

UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

‘Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.’

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