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Interviews with a water vendor during the COVID19 pandemic in Polder 29, Khulna, Coastal Bangladesh. Credit: REACH Field Officer

29 May 2020

Water security in times of crisis: how COVID-19 is impacting the rural poor in Bangladesh and Kenya

This blog, based on interviews led by our colleagues in coastal Bangladesh and rural Kenya, discusses the challenges faced by local water users and managers in the midst of the coronavirus.

26 May 2020

Uncertainty and optimism: the impact of COVID-19 on the REACH community in Ethiopia, Kenya and the UK

In this blog, some of our early career researchers and collaborators share their experiences from Oxford, Addis Ababa and rural Kenya as they adapt to changes in their work and social lives and what responses they have seen that have inspired them.

Credit: Saskia Nowicki; Interviews at a hand pump in Kitui, Kenya

29 April 2020

Rural water quality monitoring within reach: moving beyond the quantity vs. quality mindset

Water quality monitoring is an important part of managing water safety, but is often considered a secondary priority. Saskia Nowicki discusses why we need to move beyond the water quantity versus quality dichotomy.

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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