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Local observers monitoring shallow groundwater in Ethiopia (credit: David Walker)

10 July 2019

Citizen science contributes to environmental management and water security in Ethiopia

Teams at Newcastle University and IWMI share key insight from a REACH funded accelerated project they've led since 2017, using citizen science to improve water security through enhanced climate and hydrological monitoring.

3 July 2019

ECR Feature | Water for all: A systems approach to improving basin-scale water resources management

In this ECR feature, Dr Feyera Hirpa shares key insights from his research on improving water resources management and basin, Ethiopia

5 June 2019

How does the media construct public risk narratives and shape responses to water insecurity?

A new article published in Annals of the American Association of Geographers explores how drinking water risks have been constructed and have evolved in the Bangladeshi media since the 1980s.

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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