Consultation on water quality issues in Uttar Pradesh, India

Workshops on Peri-Urban Water Management Arranged in India and Bangladesh

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.

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Training on water rights, equity, and gender issues for water professionals in South Asia

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.

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Capacity Building to strengthen Civil Society Organisations engagement in South Asia

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.

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SaciWATERs is looking for a Senior Fellow

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

Job Opening at SaciWATERs

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. For more information, contact SaciWATERs coordinator, Dr. Aditya Bastola or visit the website for more information. Continue reading

Multi-stakeholder Workshop for the Peri-urban Water Security (CCMCC – COCOON) – 15 May 2015, Hyderabad, India.

Multi-stakeholder Workshop for the Peri-urban Water Security (CCMCC – COCOON) will take place on the 15 May 2015 at Hyderabad, India. This workshop is a collaborative research project under taken with the award of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) “Science for Global Development (“WOTRO’) grant under its CoCooN – Conflict and Cooperation in the Management of Climate Change – Integrated Project.

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Training on Fluorosis and Arsenicosis – 12 March 2015, Guwahati, India.

On the 12th of March 2015 at Khanapura, Guwahati, India, SaciWATERs, Secretariat, Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network and INREM Foundation, Secretariat, Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network collaborated to address water related diseases such as Fluorosis and Arsenicosis that are neglected subjects within general medical curriculum. Due to the lack of trained medical personnel on these diseases and its related issues, this issue has posed challenges to offer quality medical and counselling services. Continue reading

Training Course: Negotiated Approach in Integrated Groundwater Management – 7th Oct in Kolkata, India and 10th Oct in Khulna, Bangladesh

SaciWATERs South Asia Cap-Net Network (SCAN) for the first in the series of workshops on ‘Negotiated Approach in Integrated Groundwater Management’ plans to organize a workshop on 7th October, 2015 in Kolkata, India and 10th October in Khulna Bangladesh.

The workshop is part of the project titled ‘Shifting Grounds: Institutional transformation, enhancing knowledge and capacity to manage groundwater security in peri-urban Gangetic delta systems’ funded by Netherlands Organization for scientific research (NWO), under Urbanising Delta of the World-Integrated Project call. Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS), a local NGO based in Khulna and a partner of Continue reading

Deadline Extension: Call for Research Scholarship: Promoting Young Researchers in South Asia for Grounded Gender-Agriculture Research

Research scholarships for ‘Promoting Young Researchers in South Asia for Grounded Gender-Agriculture Research’ is now opened for applications from Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The theme for this research is “Poverty Squares and Gender Circles: Unravelling Agriculture Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities in the Eastern Gangetic Plains” and is funded by the Consortium Group of International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) Water Land & Ecosystems in partnership with SaciWATERs. The project will award three Research Grants to local, mid-career researchers, and professionals (one each in North Bengal in India, North Bangladesh and Nepal Terai). This research scholarship aims at supporting multi-disciplinary, applied research on the interlinkages between gender relations, agriculture and ecological challenges. The 3 winning grants will be selected through a competitive review process. For the more information, please contact SaciWATERs or download the full grant call and project proposal template for application. The deadline has been extended to 31st of May 2015.

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