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What’s blocking progress in fixing the Global Water Crisis?

July 27, 2021
I took part in a fun podcast recently on ‘water for development’. I was in the company of some people who actually know about the subject (Michael Wilson, Rosie Wheen, Melita Grant and Rachel Mason Nunn). I was playing my favourite role in this final wrap-up conversation of a series of discussions, that of informed ignoramus burbling on about how

5 ways to fix South Asia’s Water Crisis, by Vanita Suneja

July 17, 2018
Vanita Suneja of WaterAid reports on what is being done to prevent South Asia running out of underground water Major capital cities in South Asia – Dhaka, Delhi, Islamabad, Kabul and Kathmandu – are showing groundwater stress with the water table receding at an alarming rate.  In Islamabad, the water table fell to 30 feet below the surface in 2016,

Fighting inequality one city at a time: reclaiming public water and electricity in Delhi

February 12, 2014
There’s a political earthquake going on in Delhi right now. Biraj Swain (Exfam India, now campaigning and researching on water) looks at its immediate impact on poor people’s access to water and electricity. Last month marked the first month in office of the anti-corruption movement turned political party, the Aam Admi ‘Common Man’ Party government in Delhi, India. Two days

States v Markets: Understanding Tajikistan’s Post-Soviet malaise through its drinking water

February 6, 2014
I don’t do much on water (as my pal Henry Northover at WaterAid never fails to remind me) but last week, I was in Tajikistan to help our team think through their water-related work. They already run the Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation (TajWSS) network, which combines a high level ‘convening and brokering’ approach to finding solutions to the country’s

‘Convening and Brokering’ in practice: sorting out Tajikistan’s water problem

January 17, 2013
In the corridors of Oxfam and beyond, ‘convening and brokering’ has become a new development fuzzword. I talked about it in my recent review of the Africa Power and Politics Programme, and APPP promptly got back to me and suggested a discussion on how convening and brokering is the same/different to the APPP’s proposals that aid agencies should abandon misguided attempts to

Confronting scarcity by managing water, energy and land: the new European Report on Development

June 13, 2012

What's the state of the world's water and land? New FAO report.

December 5, 2011

Why don't more NGOs work on water? Guest post from Dan Yeo, WaterAid

November 18, 2011

What should Oxfam be doing on water?

September 2, 2011

How do we talk about resource limits, fair shares and development?

July 22, 2011

Hans Rosling and co on Water – justice, development and liberation through washing machines

March 30, 2011

The world’s next 20 years on one slide – and it’s pretty scary

August 17, 2010
This is the summary slide from a recent powerpoint on the global challenges facing humanity between now and 2030. It sets out the key questions (easier to read if you click on the slide). The answers to any one of which might well be ‘no’, with scary consequences. And please don’t try and dismiss this as ill-informed climate alarmism. It’s from