Improving water security for the poor
Where we work
REACH has core research programmes across eight Water Security Observatories in three countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya.
An observatory is a research location where significant but uncertain trajectories of change – such as urban growth, migration, or climate risks – are predicted over the next decade or even longer time spans. In each observatory we’re carrying out an in-depth, long-term and interdisciplinary study on water security and poverty.
We have also funded projects through our Partnership Funding in African and South Asian countries, that expand beyond Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Our research is focused on fragile states in Africa and South Asia, regions where water security challenges are greatest and poverty most acute.
The Water Security Observatories
Coastal water security
Water security for an urban river
Universal drinking water security
Sustaining growth through water security
Water security in fragile environments
Small town pathways to water security
Building water secure institutions
Small towns in fragile environments
‘Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.’
UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State