" Contributing towards a water secure South Asia "

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SaciWATERs, the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, is a policy research institute based in Hyderabad, India. From its inception in 2001, it has focused on critical issues related to water resources management in south Asia. A key endeavour at SaciWATERs has been to enhance the dominant water resources management paradigm in the region with a consideration of all issues using a pro-poor human development approach. The emphasis is on the accumulation of new knowledge through a combination of research, capacity building, and advocacy. Accordingly, it partners with universities and academic institutions from across global north and south to fundamentally reshape water resources knowledge systems in south Asia.

South Asia is endowed with vast water resources, yet there seems to be a perpetual shortage and uneven water distribution. Moreover, global changing scenarios such as urbanization and climate change are contributing to the profound water insecurity. Hence, a holistic approach to cater to this problem is required. SaciWATERs aims to achieve water security in south Asia through a pro-poor human development approach.

Lecture Series

Lecture on "Downstream of the Dam: Uses and meanings of water in the Sardar Sarovar Project, Gujarat" – Prof. Peter P Mollinga
Venue: SaciWATERs Conference hall, B-87, 3rd avenue, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad -500094.
Date & Time: 10:30 am on 25 August 2017.



"Women in MGNREGS in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh" - Sumit Vij, Manoj Jatav, Anamika Barua, Madhusudhan Bhattarai

"The Cauvery Water Dispute" by S Janakarajan

Sawas Journal special issue"Volume 5, Issue 3, March 2016"

"Annual Report (2014-2015)"


  • PERI-URBAN WATER SECURITY: INTERACTION BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL PLAYERS” was organised by SaciWATERs during 26th-27th July 2017 at Hotel Mercure, Hyderabad.

  • National Level Dissemination Workshop cum Partners' Meet was organised by Arsenic Knowledge & Action Network at Patna Women's College, Patna during 8th-9th May 2017. The focus of the workshop was to disseminate learnings from the network over the last four years and outline plans for scaling up efforts for addressing arsenic contamination in Bihar, West Bengal and Assam.

  • National Dialogue on Transboundary River Governance of Brahmaputra River: Collaboration for disaster management is to be organised by SaciWATERs' implementation partner JJS in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 26th - 29th April 2017, along with a study tour, under the initiative 'Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of Brahmaputra River'.

  • National deliberation between state bureaucrats and CSOs on Brahmaputra River has been organized by SaciWATERs' implementation partner RSPN in Thimphu, Bhutan on 2nd & 3rd March 2017, along with a field visit, under the initiative 'Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of Brahmaputra River'.

  • Mr. Byjesh Kattarkandi and Ms. Safa Fanaian are at the- "Sustainable and Resilient Food security Systems for Intensification: Foresight workshop" at Katmandu, 17th March 2017. Organised by IFPRI, Crawford School of Public Policy- Australian National University, and SaciWATERs..

  • Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on State Specific Action Plan (SSAP) on the Water Sector and Improved convergence among Telangana State Institutions and Departments to deliver Climate Resilient Policies and Services has been jointly organized by SaciWATERs and EPTRI with the support of British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad on 20th February 2017.

  • Dr. Janakarajan and Dr. Sucharita Sen attended Third TERI-KAS Resource Dialogue on Water Security in the times of Climate Change- Geopolitical Challenges at Goa organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) from 11-13 April 2017.

  • Manish Maskara presented on Development Alternatives: Issues and Challenges faced by community and institutions in accessing Safe Drinking Water in Bihar at Central University of South Bihar, Gaya on 16th March 2017.

  • Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network (March 07, 2017): Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network invited by the Central Ground Water Board for a closed consultation with the Ministry of Water Resources on 7th March 2017 for addressing arsenic problem in the Ganga Basin.

  • Sucharita Sen (March 03, 2017): Sucharita Sen was part of a panel discussion on 'Issues Related to Water in the City Region', being organised by the Centre for Regional Studies, University of Hyderabad.

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