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Credit: Marcos Villalta, Save the Children

29 October 2018

Toward a hybrid approach to water law in Africa

A new study, led by IWMI and the Pegasys Institute and funded by REACH through an Accelerated grant, explains the state of water permitting in sub-Saharan Africa and proposes a hybrid approach to water law as the way forward.

The Turkwel river flowing south of Lodwar town, Kenya. Credit: Bernard Dupont

26 October 2018

Coping with water scarcity in the Turkwel river basin, Kenya

In a recent open access paper published in the Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies by Hirpa et al., the authors examine the drivers of water scarcity in Kenya's Turkwel river basin, and comment on the implications for water resources planning and development.

15 October 2018

International Day of Rural Women

A new IWMI study conducted in Ethiopia with funding support from REACH, proposes a citizen science approach to community-based monitoring of groundwater that could both improve governance and women empowerment.

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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