Focus Areas

SaciWATERs is involved primarily in four major programs – research, education, capacity building, advocacy and partnership & knowledge mobilisation. Each of these programs has its own focus and mandate. These programs approaches issues from a human development perspective, using knowledge exchange and collaboration to identify challenges and design solutions for the management of the region’s water resources.


Research

Research is a central component of SaciWATERs’ mission to bridge the gap between local communities and policy makers, social welfare organizations and research institutions. By reducing the existing knowledge gaps, it aims to develop the capabilities of individuals and institutions in integrated water resources management (IWRM), promote collaborative management of water resources and strengthen knowledge creation.

In this context, SaciWATERs undertakes comparative research and works closely with local partners in different parts of South Asia. It studies water resources management from a multi-pronged conceptual, policy and practical viewpoint, even while closely interacting with societal interest groups to design and realise solutions that are applicable in the real world.

Through its research initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Critically analyse water resource management processes that are conceptually, practically or politically important for South Asia
  • Conduct ‘solution-oriented’ research, in partnership with community interest groups, at local and policy levels

Produce publicly accessible policy briefs, reports, monographs, and peer-reviewed articles on its findings


Education

The goal of SaciWATERs’ education-oriented program is two-fold: to expand the discourse on South Asian water resource management beyond the traditional scope and to enable the capacity building of water professionals.

The Consortium redefines traditional approaches to water resource management by analyzing existing challenges through the lens of social and environmental equity. Historically, South Asian water resource management has not explicitly factored such issues into decision-making processes. Given these omissions in knowledge and policy making, SaciWATERs approaches water issues by consciously integrating considerations of poverty alleviation, socioeconomic equity, social justice, and ecological resilience into its practice.

SaciWATERs also addresses the deficit of South Asian water experts at community and professional levels. Accordingly, its projects promote the expansion of an inclusive network of water professionals at the governmental, non-governmental, academic and community levels. The Consortium believes that through direct capacity building it can influence long-term educational reform within the water resources sector.

Through its educational initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Incorporate developmental concerns like ecology, poverty and democracy in existing water education programmes, and thereby transform their currently restricted focus
  • Design long-term and comprehensive educational strategies that boost skills and knowledge in the field of interdisciplinary water resources
  • Generate a critical mass of water professionals that will effectively engage with government and civil society in the entire region


Capacity Building

The goal of SaciWATERs’ capacity building program is two-fold: to expand the discourse on South Asian water resource management beyond the traditional scope and to enable the capacity building of water professionals.

The Consortium redefines traditional approaches to water resource management by analyzing existing challenges through the lens of social and environmental equity. Historically, South Asian water resource management has not explicitly factored such issues into decision-making processes. Given these omissions in knowledge and policy making, SaciWATERs approaches water issues by consciously integrating considerations of poverty alleviation, socioeconomic equity, social justice, and ecological resilience into its practice.

SaciWATERs also addresses the deficit of South Asian water experts at community and professional levels. Accordingly, its projects promote the expansion of an inclusive network of water professionals at the governmental, non-governmental, academic and community levels.  The Consortium believes that through direct capacity building it can influence long-term educational reform within the water resources sector.

Through its capcity building initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Incorporate developmental concerns like ecology, poverty and democracy in existing water development programmes, and thereby transform their currently restricted focus
  • Design long-term and comprehensive strategies that boost skills and knowledge in the field of interdisciplinary water resources
Generate a critical mass of water professionals that will effectively engage with government and civil society in the entire region  


Advocacy

Advocacy is integral to generating change at both grassroots and policy levels. SaciWATERs seeks to leverage its research findings to empower communities so they can more effectively advocate change in water and environmental management.  In addition, it endeavours to influence policy makers at international, national, and subnational levels to ensure accurate knowledge and perspectives are taken into account in critical decision-making processes.

SaciWATERs coordinates networking events, workshops and conferences to provide a platform for knowledge creation and exchange amongst concerned groups.  It believes that through discussion and collaboration, advocacy can become an effective tool in improving water resource management across South Asia.

Through its advocacy initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Guide social mobilization efforts and ensure that knowledge on actual water management processes ‘works’ in the public and policy domains
  • Provide a platform for exchange, discussion and collaboration at the South Asia level through networking, resource sharing, and workshops and conferences.
  • Broaden the water resources knowledge base through comparative research on water resource management processes and issues across South Asia
  • Provide a forum for a dialogue on water through its open access, online journal SAWAS (South Asian Water Studies), which promotes constructive debate and analysis of current issues in the sector

Partnership & knowledge mobilisation

SaciWATERs advocates evidence-based knowledge to strengthen the linkages between research and practice. Using this principle, it seeks to strengthen knowledge sharing and mobilization and build the relevant but nascent capabilities of its partners. SaciWATERs facilitates knowledge mobilization initiatives by leveraging the ‘learning communities’ approach, which employs a wide range of information dissemination tools, including websites and seminars

Through its partnerships and knowledge mobilization initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Effectively apply research outcomes to successful practice
  • Strengthen the skills, knowledge and capacity of emerging organizations in the water management arena
  • Design a customizable approach to knowledge mobilization, covering learning tools such as websites, newsletters, audio-visual products, seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Bolster empirical approaches through a focus on organizational infrastructure and policy initiatives

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