Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

On the occasion of the Wilson Center's 50th anniversary, its Environmental Change and Security Program and nine co-sponsoring programs convened experts on November 28 from government, the NGO sector, and academia for a comprehensive look at the first year of the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy and new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict.


Project Profile: Emergency Water Grants in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Saving Lives and Preparing Communities for Future Disasters through Emergency Planning

Emergency Water Grants in Afghanistan | 2015–2017

Afghanistan is extremely prone to disasters, both natural and man-made. When disaster strikes, one of the most urgent tasks for emergency responders is to restore access to safe drinking water. Clean water staves off waterborne disease outbreaks, such as cholera, that often follow crises. 


A Win-Win Approach to Biodiversity

Uganda’s Budongo-Bugoma Forest Corridor, situated in the north of the Albertine Rift, is considered to be one the most biodiverse regions of Africa, well known for its chimpanzee population. However, this biodiversity hotspot is under pressure from high population growth, deforestation, and seasonal water supply extremes — and the flash point is often access to water. Elsewhere in South Africa’s dry Eastern Cape Province, the country’s last free-flowing river, the Mzimvubu, is experiencing environmental stresses of its own.


Live Stream: The State of Water and Sanitation in India

India is a water stressed nation.  Yet it is India’s states that have ultimate authority over many water related issues.  Water is a key pillar in these states’ ambitions to improve the quality of life of their citizens and to drive industrial growth.  These states must form innovative partnerships to meet their needs within the context of growing scarcity, increased pollution, and interstate conflict. This discussion, organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies is first public segment of the Indian States Engagement Fo


Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Transformation for Enhanced Resiliency (WATER) Project: Final Performance Evaluation

Pastoralist communities in Ethiopia exhibit some of the lowest water and sanitation coverage rates in the world. Building on considerable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) experience in conflict-prone pastoralist areas, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Transformation for Enhanced Resilience (WATER) project contributed significantly to improving pastoralists' access to clean and sustainable water sources, hygiene awareness and access to sanitation, and rangeland management practices.  


Good Water Neighbors - Final Program Report

The "Good Water Neighbors" (GWN) project was carried out in 28 cross-border communities in the region; 11 Palestinian communities, 9 Israeli communities and 8 Jordanian communities. Each community partnered with a neighboring community on the other side of the border/political divide. (See Table 1, on page 5, showing the partnering communities). The project utilized the mutual dependence on shared water resources as a basis for developing dialogue and cooperation. (See Table 2, on page 5, showing the communities and the shared water resource to which they are associated).


Performance Evaluation of USAID/Philippines Growth with Equity in Mindanao III (GEM-3) Program

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “Growth with Equity in Mindanao III” (GEM-3) is a five-year (2008 to 2012), $99 million dollar program that operates throughout Mindanao, but is specifically targeted to promote development activities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other conflict-affected areas of the region. GEM-3’s principal objectives are to: (1) accelerate economic growth in Mindanao; (2) assure that as many people as possible participate in and benefit from the growth; and (3) bring about and consolidate peace in Mindanao.


Water Sanitation and Hygiene Transformation for Enhanced Resiliency

The pastoralist production system in Ethiopia, once a model of adaptive environmental balance, is under ever-increasing threat. Population growth, climate change, and policy trends are placing pressure on pastoralist communities, whose livelihoods depend on natural rangeland, placing them at risk to accelerating environmental shocks such as droughts. These vulnerabilities are exacerbated by the lack of services available in under-developed pastoralist areas. Pastoralist communities in Ethiopia exhibit some of the lowest water and sanitation coverage rates in the world.