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International Water and Communities Initiative

The International Water and Communities Initiative addresses the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation in developing countries, as well as the failure of local governments to be transparent to and actively engage affected communities and residents.

Fundamental needs for safe water, sanitation, and hygiene are not being met because of underinvestment, poor investment decisions, inappropriate technologies, ineffective systems of operation and maintenance, and the failure to involve local residents in the decision making process. Climate variability further compromises current and future water security in communities that already lack safe water.

The Pacific Institute's International Water and Communities Initiative addresses these needs by developing tools and trainings, and by working on the ground in developing countries.

Current Projects:

- Community Choices Project

- WASH SMS Project

- Water Management in Indore, India

Notes from the Field (click for complete list of blog posts):

- Sustainability of Supply: The Story of Community Water Associations (HIPPAMs) in Malang
by Meena Palaniappan, December 2011

- Multiple Uses of Water
by Meena Palaniappan, December 2011

- Waterways
by Meena Palaniappan, December 2011

- Multiple use of Water Allows Disabled Man to Live Comfortably, Dr. John Akudago, December 2011

- Sanitation Task Force Should be Introduced in Burkina Faso Says Womens Group
Dr. John Akudago, December 2011

- How Can We Promote Sustainable WASH Facilities at the Community Level? Naba Kuliga in Burkina Faso Joins the Discussion.
Dr. John Akudago, November 2011

- The “We are Coming Syndrome” Calls for Community-Decision-Making Tool
Dr. John Akudago, November 2011

- DIY: Do-It-Yourself as a Way of Life
Misha Hutchings, September 2011

- Urban Water Sources in Malang and Makassar, Indonesia
Misha Hutchings, September 2011

- Field Report from Hivre Bazar on July 1, 2011
Veena Srinivasan blogs from Hivre Bazar, August 2011

- The Waghad System: Institutions, Role of Mobile Technology, and Wise Water Use
Veena Srinivasan blogs from Dindhori, India, August 2011

- A Success Story in Participatory Irrigation Management in India: The Waghad Farmer Managed Irrigation System
Veena Srinivasan blogs from Nasik, India, July 2011

- Need for Water Resource Management and Adequate Sanitation
Dr. John Akudago blogs from Gbulung, Ghana, June 2011

- Safe Guarding Water Quality - A Concern for All
Dr. John Akudago blogs from Tamale, Ghana, June 2011

 

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International communities

CURRENT PROJECTS

Community Choices Project

WASH SMS Project

Water Management in Indore, India

RELATED REPORTS AND RESEARCH

Climate Change and Urbanisation: Building Resilience in the Urban Water Sector - a Case Study of Indore, India

Community Lessons in Malang

Peak Water


Dirty Water: Estimated Deaths from Water-Related Diseases 2000-2020

A Review of Decision-Making Support Tools in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

RELATED RESOURCES

The World's Water

The Human Right to Water

More about our Water Program