A Regional workshop on ‘Leadership and research methods for interdisciplinary water research’ will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from August 23rdto September 5th2018. The workshop is a part of the South Asian Water (SAWA) Leadership Programme on Climate Change, a fellowship project funded by IDRC and coordinated by SaciWATERs. The aim of the workshop is to train the SAWA fellows in the application of research methods that include gender and social approaches, in leadership skills development through activities such as team-building sessions, communication skills, application of negotiations and conflict resolution in the field. The participants of the workshop are the awardees of the SAWA Fellowship who are pursuing Masters in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in four institutions in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The training programme will include a strong component of conceptualization and application of gender. In addition to class room teaching, the training will have a strong fieldwork component to ensure that the fellows would apply what they have learnt; both in terms of research methods and leadership. The fieldwork will be carried out in Shankarapur Municipality, Nepal for four days. The fieldwork would be directed at two ends. One wherein they apply research methods that they have learnt to answer the question on “what are the differences in access and use of water and adaptations to water scarcity and excesses within different sections of the community, grouped by gender, class, caste and ethnicity? What are the intersectionalities that exist between these social axes with respect to water access and use? ‟ Secondly the students will pick varied views from the community and will use their mediation skills with different sections of the community to come up with a best common solution with justice and equity as guiding principles. The field work will be followed by a two day write-shop wherein the students will be asked to write the methods that they have employed in answering the question, and elaborating on the findings and the best possible solutions.