In 2015, the global community launched the 2030 Agenda, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that should be reached by 2030. Some progress has been made, but for most of the goals, the world is not on track to meet the deadline. Water can help us do better.
Groundwater is the regulator of the entire freshwater cycle, but its invisibility makes it difficult to manage and protect.
Many of the most pressing challenges in the world are about water: too little, too much or too inferior. Such challenges can only be effectively addressed through adequate governance of available water resources.
Water is a growing concern in many parts of the world. Countries can improve their water resilience through transboundary water cooperation over shared waters.
The climate crisis is essentially a water crisis. When we treat it as such, we get new tools to mitigate climate change and adapt to consequences that are unavoidable.
Insufficient supply and inadequate infrastructure leaves millions of people in the world without water.
How to increase the productivity of agriculture around the world through better water management.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed millions of people back into poverty and exposed unacceptable gaps between the rich and the poor. One in three people are still not able to wash their hands with soap and water at home.
Will future wars be fought over water? The answer is probably no, but water scarcity can contribute to conflicts.
Indigenous peoples are the custodians of many of the world’s most fragile and important ecosystems. They also possess invaluable knowledge about sustainability and resilience, so they have a vital role in protecting our environment.
The source-to-sea approach focuses on the strong connection between what happens on land, along waterways, and in the sea.
A growing number of people, societies and companies are discovering the power of resilient landscapes. It is still possible to shift to more sustainable practices that recharge water, restore soil health, sequester carbon, and strengthen biodiversity – but we need to make the transformation now.
More than two billion people in the world lack safely managed drinking water and twice as many lack safely managed sanitation, making WASH one of the most urgent development challenges.
More and more young people offer important contributions to solving the growing water challenges they are inheriting.
Having access to water and sanitation has been recognized as a human right since 2010. But water is also essential to ensuring the fulfilment of many other rights.
With the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in March 2020, many services around the world quickly adopted a digital format. Now with the pandemic receding, some forecasts indicate that the shift towards remote working and digital services will continue over time, having become ‘the new normal’.
However, when services for development that attempt to contribute to the inclusion of traditionally marginalized populations switch to a digital format, new questions arise, such as: Does the message reach the target group in the same way it would in a face-to-face situation? Are there any groups to whom the message is not reaching? How big is the digital divide and where is it?
SIWI has long experience in providing face-to-face training and workshops around the world, in all variations and settings. When the pandemic first hit, SIWI’s teams had to quickly innovate and redesign their programs in a digital format.
This document summarizes some of those innovations and experiences, narrated in three case studies, which detail process design decisions that were made at the time and lessons learned. Considerations as to how to maximize some of the digital benefits, whilst minimizing barriers to digital inclusion in ‘the new normal’, are also shared.
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