A girl collects water from a kiosk in Uganda prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (Photo courtesy of Water Mission)

19 February 2021

Monitoring socio-climatic interactions to improve rural water security in Africa

Rainfall variability and socioeconomic shocks pose a revenue risk to rural water services across Africa. A new paper by Andrew Armstrong et al. explores how water usage data combined with climate information can be used to generate warning signals of revenue risk and to improve policy response.

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A woman drawing water from a hand pump in Bangladesh

18 November 2020

Regulating rural drinking water services to manage risks and deliver safe water in Bangladesh

This blog discusses key findings from a journal article recently published in Global Environmental Change, as well as policy recommendations from a policy paper available in English and in Bangla.

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Flooded houses in Lodwar, Turkana County, Kenya

4 November 2020

Extreme rainfall and management of the Turkwel Gorge Dam in Kenya

Recent news stories predict that the Turkwel Gorge Dam in northwest Kenya will overflow in November 2020. The potential flooding could affect over 300,000 people in an area accustomed to droughts. Understanding rainfall variability can provide lessons for managing dams in drylands to improve water security for energy, agriculture, environmental and human needs.

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Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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