Water as a Tool for Resilience in Times of Crisis (Live Stream)


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.

This discussion from the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, USAID’s Sustainable Water Partnership, and Winrock International explores where the challenges lie and what practitioners and policymakers can do to bolster effective water management for the world’s most vulnerable communities. 


  • 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