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9 October 2019

What we know, don’t know and need to know about future East African Climate | 4 September cross-project meeting

On 4 September, REACH hosted a collaborative meeting on East-African climate, in collaboration with AfricanSWIFT, the IMPALA and HyCristal FCFA projects. Here's a summary from the meetings and key messages from ECRs.

5 September 2019

How finance and institutions are shaping global water thinking

This year’s World Water Week in Stockholm recognised the importance of finance and institutions in shaping global priorities for water policy and practice. Early Career Researchers Dr Sonia Hoque, Dr Johanna Koehler and Cliff Nyaga share their insights on these themes.

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28 August 2019

Ethiopia’s future is tied to water – a vital yet threatened resource in a changing climate

REACH researchers find that the future of Ethiopia's Awash basin will be hotter, drier and more water scarce - which could have serious consequences for people and the economy. Developing climate-resilient policies will be critical to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for all.

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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