From 26 August to 7 September SaciWATERs and Anna University with funding from IDRC, Canada and UNDP Cap-Net (SCaN: SaciWATERs Cap-Net Network) held a regional training workshop on ‘Leadership and research methods for interdisciplinary water research’ in Chennai, India.
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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.
Individual health and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of drinking water and proper sanitation. There is, therefore, a direct relationship between water, sanitation and health. Consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta, improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene have been major causes of many diseases in developing countries. India is no exception to this.
Have a look at the new SCaN Brochure.
SaciWATERs Cap-Net Network (SCaN) for South Asia, host Cap-Net regional secretariat as an initiative of UNDP for Global Water Partnership associated programme to build capacity in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through international network. Established in 2009, SCaN has grown to strengthen the human and institutional capacity by adopting an integrated approach within water sector in South Asia through education & training; research; knowledge development; advocacy; and networking.
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.
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.
The World Water Day 2015 was celebrated on the 22 March 2015 with the theme ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. As one of World Water Day 2015 celebration partners, Cap-Net UNDP has prepared and provided learning resources, which is the World Water Day Learning Pack. The learning pack consists of tutorials, toolbox, WWD learning materials, quiz, video and reports. The Secretary-General’s message on the World Water Day 2015 can also be downloaded here. In addition to that, Cap-Net partner networks, REDICA, SCaN and AWARENET have organised or participated in events in conjunction of World Water Day 2015 Celebrations. Continue reading →
Cap-Net UNDP would like to welcome the new SCaN coordinator, Dr. Aditya Bastola. Dr. Aditya Bastola areas of interest and expertise lay in gender, water and sanitation and governance. Dr Aditya Bastola has also been actively involved on research coordination at the South Asia level of climate change adaptation and gender. Dr. Aditya Bastola is of Nepalese nationality and is currently handling water and sanitation projects, regional research studies and managing networks. At SaciWATERs, he currently handling water and sanitation projects, regional research studies and managing networks. Cap-Net UNDP would like to wish best of luck to Dr. Aditya Bastola and we are looking forward to a great partnership in the field of water capacity development. Dr. Aditya Bastola can be contacted via email.