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Florence at Kakemera Community handpump (May 2018) | Documentation of groundwater sources and their hydrogeological setting in the Lodwar area allows for a detailed understanding of their operational, water quality and pollution status, and the potential for resource development

9 December 2019

ECR Feature: Groundwater is a vital invisible resource – to use it, we need to better understand it and make it visible

Early Career Researcher Florence Tanui, Ph.D. Fellow in Geology at the University of Nairobi, shares key insights from the groundwater research she has been leading in Lodwar, Kenya, as part of REACH.

29 November 2019

Engaging the public around our research: realities, rewards and reflections

Following an ESRC-funded public engagement event, Dr Catherine Grasham and Alice Chautard reflect on the importance of public engagement with research alongside the challenging and rewarding realities of doing it.

Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

18 October 2019

How can we increase capacity for water-related climate adaptation? Lessons and opportunities from Ethiopian river basins

Capacity building within and across institutions is a critical step to accelerating water-related climate adaptation. Dr Ellen Dyer shares insights from a session themed around this topic, hosted by REACH at the African Climate Risk Conference on 7 October.

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

REACH is funding additional research and building partnerships with other practitioners, enterprises and researchers passionate about water security and poverty reduction in Africa and South Asia. During the course of the programme we will be making calls for research to support our core programme. 

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Water Security 2019

2019 Conference on Water Security and Poverty

Our latest conference was held in Oxford in March 2019.

 

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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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