South Asian Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) organized an event on 23rd and 24th March 2017 to mark the occasion of World Water Day. The event included a wide variety of stakeholders including policy makers, government officials, academicians, researchers, NGOs, CSOs and community representatives from of Telangana State. The topic of the workshop was current water issues and policy gaps in the newly created state. The workshop was organised in partnership with the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad, Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO), Bordeaux Metropole and Arghyam.
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SaciWATERs in partnership with SOPPECOM, Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, UNDP Cap-Net and SCaN organized the workshop from 23 May to 25 May 2016 in Hyderabad. There were a total of 54 participants. SAWAS 2nd Regional Review Workshop was held on May 23rd with the purpose to provide feedback on the research work done by the students for publication. The feedback and suggestions revolved around the essentiality of having a conceptual apparatus in interdisciplinary research, and ways to link the data collected in the field with social sciences.
SaciWATERs recent submitted a documentary film the ‘Necessity Triumphs’ . The documentary is on how people in peri-urban areas near Hyderabad do not complain about the city waste water that comes to their villages. They instead use it for irrigating their paddy fields and vegetable farms. The documentary shows RO sludge water being used by residents of peri-urban areas to wash utensils and clothes.
The Peri-urban Water Conflicts workshop aims at building capacity for researchers and development practitioners, investigating issues of water justice in the context of peri-urban South Asia. The water justice issues include water rights, including right to water and equity, as key features of ongoing water governance requirements in the region. The workshop envisages to train more than 50 professionals/ researchers/ academicians/ students from south Asia.
“There are number of ways to save water, but it should start with ‘U’”
-D. Madhuri, Grade 10, ZPHS, Peddapur Village
SaciWATERs in joint partnership with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), conducted an awareness programme on “Sustainable Water Conservation Techniques” across the Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS), of Peddapur Gram Panchayat, Medak District in Telangana State, India. The programme is funded by Arghyam and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
Water quality issues both biological and chemical are of grave concerns within many regions in India. The State of Uttar Pradesh (UP), has added cause for concern due to growing incidences of natural and man-made contamination such as fluoride, arsenic, chromium, iron, to name a few. Owing to the complexity of the problem there is a need to bring together concerted efforts along with systematic action. Keeping this in mind a small consultation began in Lucknow on 7th August 2015 to initiate a collaboration of the diverse knowledge and action nodes within UP.
To encourage participatory peri-urban water management, the Shifting Grounds project has incorporated a series of workshops across two countries of South Asia: Kolkata, India and Khulna, Bangladesh. The workshop brought local people from different professional backgrounds along with water authorities to ensure better access to water resources across peri-urban areas.
As part of the ongoing CGIAR funded research project “Poverty squares and gender circles: unraveling agriculture gaps, challenges and opportunities in Eastern Gangetic Basin” – India, Nepal and Bangladesh, SaciWATERs with the support of UNDP Cap-Net, CGIAR WLE and SCaN carried out a two-days (16-17 Dec) training program on water rights, equity and gender at Marina’s Motel, Bagdogra, West Bengal, India.
Capacity Building to strengthen CSO engagement with SWA Partnership, SACOSANs, and SGDs processes in South Asia
In South Asia one billion people still do not have access to basic sanitation and nearly 700 million people defecate in open every day. Each year more than 70,000 die of diarrhea in Bangladesh and more than 450,000 in India. The developmental approach to address access to adequate water supply and sanitation is known not only a fundamental need but marked a paradigm shift towards human right. There are systematic challenges to achieve improved sanitation that are coupled with growing pressure on water through increasing population, intensive farming, political tensions and environmental degradation and changing climatic conditions. To address these seemingly inherent challenges, it is significant to capacitate SACOSANs – the high level inter governmental platform that exists on sanitation and hygiene in the region. It is important to reflect on Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amongst CSOs to address mechanism for reconciliation in CSO’s strategic frameworks.
SaciWATERs is looking for a Senior Fellow with a proven track record of research and policy-influencing activities. The candidate should have the drive to embark on new initiatives, write proposals, carry out independent research with multi-disciplinary perspectives and be capable of leading research team. The candidate should have the drive and motivation for high quality and innovative research and contribute substantially to fundraising efforts of the institute. The selected candidate should also contribute to advocacy, outreach and publication activities of the institute. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to join a growing, multi-disciplinary team of researchers and academic activists.
Have a look at the ToR here: http://saciwaters.org/careers.html