Water as a Tool for Resilience in Times of Crisis

Men carry water from the Mara River. Photo credit: Bobby Neptune

About 90 percent of USAID’s water priority countries are conflict-affected or fragile. Last year, over 60 million people around the world were affected by more than 280 natural disasters. Effective water resource management is complex in times of peace and prosperity. Effective water resource management in a time of crisis—whether war or disaster—can mean the difference between building resilience or compounding tragedy.

On Tuesday, May 14, please join the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, USAID’s Sustainable Water Partnership, and Winrock International for a discussion on where the challenges lie and what practitioners and policymakers can do to bolster effective water management for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Coffee and registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn more on WilsonCenter.org or register using the button below.



  • Abigail Jones | Water & Sanitation Advisor, Water Office, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID


  • Cynthia Brady | Senior Peacebuilding and Conflict Advisor, Center for Resilience, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • David DeArmey | Director of International Partnerships, Water for Good 
  • Basil Mahayni | Deputy Director, USAID Sustainable Water Partnership, Tetra Tech
  • Erika Weinthal | Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University


14 May 2019
10 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT  (New York time)


Woodrow Wilson Center


Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004