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IWC embarks on two major WASH research projects in the Pacific

IWC has been successful in winning two projects from AusAID’s competitive Development Research Awards Scheme. Both of the projects are in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the Pacific, where there are many gaps in understanding how to provide effective and sustainable WASH services.

The projects bring together teams of researchers from Griffith University, The University of Queensland, Monash University, the University of North Carolina (Water Institute) and the University of the South Pacific. Both projects run for three years and are worth close to $1,000,000 each.

The first of the two projects is Supporting the demand for rural water and sanitation services in the Pacific. Sanitation marketing has emerged as an effective strategy for providing sanitation to many currently without it. Although this market-placed solution has proved particularly successful in Asia and Africa, its applicability to Pacific cultures is less certain. Using an action research approach, this project will develop a deep understanding of rural water and sanitation markets in the Pacific region with research to be undertaken in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands. The research findings will provide WASH sector stakeholders with guidance on enabling sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services.

The second project is Climate change and water supply and sanitation on atolls and flood-prone catchments in the Pacific. Climate change poses real threats to development and health in the Pacific, particularly through its impacts on freshwater resources. This project will develop a framework that will enable communities and water managers to navigate from understanding impacts of climate change to evaluating adaptation options for water supply and sanitation. Case studies will be undertaken in the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu. The research will produce tools to aid stakeholders throughout the Pacific in adapting to climate change.

The research has been funded by AusAID through the AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme.  


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