IWC awarded Water for Women research grant

IWC awarded Water for Women research grant

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The International WaterCentre (IWC) has won one of six Research Awards under the Australian Government Water for Women Fund. The Type 2 Research Award commenced in July 2018 for three years and is titled: Progressing inclusive, resilient and sustainable SDG6 and WASH outcomes in rural Pacific: approaches to enable effective community-based water management.

In partnership with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), government and communities in both Fiji and the Solomon Islands, the research seeks to answer how CSOs and governments can better enable rural Community-Based Water Management (CBWM) in the Pacific to improve SDG6 outcomes, including the resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability of WASH outcomes.

Why Community-Based Water Management?

Poor management of water sources and services is associated with inadequate WASH outcomes, negatively impacting on human health and wellbeing. This often affects women and girls disproportionally. CBWM remains a necessary model for rural water services across the Pacific, due to the limited presence of government and private sector. However, global and Pacific evidence indicates that current approaches to enabling CBWM doesn’t lead to inclusive, integrated and resilient WASH outcomes, and that external support is necessary. Although Pacific governments appreciate support is required and invest in providing support for CBWM, there is a paucity of evidence about what support is effective, including in different community contexts.

To answer the research questions, the IWC and its partners will first evaluate a variety of existing models of CBWM before co-developing and piloting a toolkit of context-sensitive community engagement approaches to enable effective CBWM.

The research is now in the inception phase and will commence Phase 1 in September 2018, with completion scheduled for June 2021.

About Water for Women

Water for Women is an initiative of the Australian Government, delivered as part of the Australian aid program. The goal of the Fund is to improve the health, gender equality and wellbeing of Asian and Pacific communities through socially inclusive and sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs. The Fund supports ten Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) manage 19 WASH projects in 16 countries of South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

As the largest single investment in the sector by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Fund is investing AUD110.6 million over five years, with AUD10.6 million of this committed to research. The Fund recognises that research is a key pathway for development innovation and to inform policy-making and program delivery. Research will focus on key sector research gaps (Type 1 Research Awards) and on knowledge gaps associated with CSOs implementation of WASH activities (Type 2 Research Awards).

Learn more about Water for Women here.

 

[Photo credit: Diana Gonzalez Botero, IWC]

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