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Credit: REACH/Katrina Charles

21 June 2018

Advancing climate resilient water services in Wukro, Ethiopia

Wukro is a growing small town in Northern Ethiopia faced with seasonal rainfall and an increasing water demand. Dr Taye and Dr Charles discuss the role of Climate Resilient Water Safety Plans in integrating water quality and quantity, and building the resilience of water systems to future changes.

Credit: Marina Korzenevica-Proud

20 June 2018

Exploring water vulnerabilities in Wukro, a growing small town in Northern Ethiopia

Following from a visit in Wukro, Northern Ethiopia with a team from Mekelle University leading the Exploring Inequalities grants in Wukro, Dr Marina Korzenevica-Proud critically reflects on some of the challenges to providing affordable and equitable water access in the small - yet growing - town.

Credit: Rob Hope/REACH

5 June 2018

Why getting ‘water affordability’ right matters – and how water diaries can be of help

Measuring the "affordability" of water presents a veritable methodological challenge especially in areas where households have complex water use behaviours. Dr Sonia Hoque presents the water diary method successfully piloted in Kitui in 2017, and now expanding to Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

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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