" Contributing towards a water secure South Asia "

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.



"The Cauvery Water Dispute" by S Janakarajan

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

"Annual Report (2014-2015)"

"Land, water & power: The demise of common property resources in periurban Gurgaon, India" by Sumit Vij and Vishal Narain


  • 29th Nov 2016 - Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network was invited to attend Bhujal Manthan 2016 - a Conclave on Aquifer Mapping and Ground Water Management organised by Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) at New Delhi. The proceedings of the conclave includes a working paper on Network approach to the wicked problems of water quality by Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network

  • First Brahmaputra Knowledge Exchange Programme to be held at Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh from 20 - 22 November 2016, under the SaciWATERs' initiative 'Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of the Brahmaputra River

  • State level meeting on reporting of outcome of Research Project titled:“Awareness generation and epidemiological study of disease Prevalence, in arsenic affected Areas of District Malda, West Bengal”, implemented by DNGM Research Foundation, funded By UNICEF.

  • Improved functioning of Telangana State Institutions to develop climate resilience policies and services - "Round table discussion on the Methodology of Institutional Mapping and Building consensus on the existing Climate Change initiatives" Organized by SaciWATERs and supported by British High Commission on 21st October 2016 at The Park, Hyderabad

  • Health Awareness Camp: Arsenic in Drinking water on 19 and 20 October 2016 at Titabar Civil Hospital,Jorhat, Assam

  • Inception meeting of 'SAWA Leadership Programme' on 24, 25 and 26 August 2016 at The Grand, New Delhi

  • Consultation workshop on "Enhancing Quality of Transboundary Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of Brahmaputra River", on 22 August, 2016 at The Grand, New Delhi.

  • SaciWATERs is organising a multi-stakeholder dialogue meeting on climate change, resilience, and policy under CoCooN - CCMCC project on 17 August 2016 at The Plaza, Begumpet, Hyderabad.

  • Sucharita Sen (November 14-15, 2016): Resource Person in evaluation of students’ (China, India and Germany) work on Urban Transformation of the Rurh Area, Tripartite TREX programme funded by DAAD, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, Cologne.

  • Sucharita Sen (November 16, 2016): Urban-centric Growth and Implications for Gendered Livelihoods in Peri-urban areas of Large Metropolitan Cities in India in a workshop on The Urban Fringe Transforming: Peri-Urban Dynamics & Agricultural Transformations, November 16, 2016, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, Cologne.

  • Sucharita Sen (November 25th 2016): Urban Growth Processes, Climate Change Interventions and Implications for Gendered Livelihoods in Peri-urban India, in a workshop entitled Climate Change Interventions as a Source of Conflict, Competing Claims And New Mobilities Increasing the resilience of communities in cities in the South, Organized by LandAc NWO, Utrecht University, Utrecht.

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