Still Crossing Boundaries

South Asia’s agricultural economies are vulnerable to extreme environmental events. Better management of water and other natural resources is fundamental to the development of the region. Climate variability and change, food insecurity, population growth and urbanization have intensified environmental disasters in the recent past. Poor land and water resource allocation, utilization and pollution have robbed the poor, particularly women, of livelihood and dignity. Such broad, yet closely linked issues can only be effectively tackled through a holistic interdisciplinary approach. The IDRC-SAWA fellowships seek to address these issues, by providing the opportunity to train a generation of water professionals to tackle water issues using multi-disciplinary approaches that are sensitive to women, the poor, environment and sustainability.

This project continues a part of an earlier project coordinated by SaciWATERs namely the Crossing Boundaries project. This project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and is implemented by SaciWATERs and its four partner institutions, namely.


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

Interviews for the selection of 3rd batch SAWA fellows conducted at Nepal Engineering College (nec), in March

Interviews for the selection of 3rd batch SAWA fellows conducted at Anna University and IWFM BUET in September and October 2015.

SAWA Fellowship Training Workshop for 3rd batch SAWA fellows on "Interdisciplinary Research Concepts and Methodologies" was organized at the Hotel Tree of Life in Kandy, Sri Lanka from 28th Nov - 3rd Dec 2015.

SAWAS is an interdisciplinary journal addresses issues in the field of water resources, aiming to provide space for alternative and critical thinking. The journal aims to be an independent forum for discussion about water related issues that affect South Asia: issues in particular countries and regions within South Asia, issues at the level of South Asia as a region, and issues related to the global context in which South Asian water issues are situated.

South Asian Water Studies
Volume 5, Issue 3, 2016
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The Crossing Boundaries Project(2005-2011) focussed on imparting and integrated approach to water resources while laying emphasis on the local context in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Since 2005 the project has been crossing boundaries in water education, injecting principles of sociology, development studies and macro economics into what was previously considered a pure civil engineering subject.



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