World Water Week 2019

August 25 – 30

Water for society: Including all

Water is at the heart of everything we do at IWMI and we are delighted to be attending the event which brings together some of the world’s leading water specialists. If you are attending World Water Week, do join us at the various sessions or speak to one of our experts at our stand (A02). We hope to see you there!

IWMI's New Strategy

Innovative Water Solutions for Sustainable Development

Innovative water solutions for sustainable development

On August 25 2019, Claudia Sadoff, Director General of IWMI, along with Mark Smith, Deputy Director General, announced IWMI’s new Strategy for 2019-2023 focusing on Food, Climate and Growth.

Download the new strategy
Download the summary

Voicing Water Visions

A campaign for more inclusive water governance.

Taking you on a journey through major river basins across Africa and Asia, where social and environmental injustices are hindering our ability to move forward together. Along the way, we’ll hear from the people who are most affected — in their own photographs and words.


Hi-tech support helps Sri Lanka's farmers navigate the climate crisis | IWMI
Every year, extreme weather events dominate the news in Sri Lanka. Projected climatic changes are expected to impact the country’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, exacerbating poverty and inequality. Smallholder farmers are among...
Treated Wastewater Aquaculture: boosting revenue streams and production in Ghana | IWMI
Many cities in Ghana lack functional wastewater treatment plants. This affects water quality and can have a devastating impact on both human and ecosystem health. This video explores the underlying...
What water means to us #Water2Me | IWMI
We asked colleagues at IWMI what value water has for them this World Water Day 2021. Find out more at
This Pale Blue Dot | IWMI
The knowledge that will underpin solutions to these global challenges is at the heart of IWMI’s mission – to provide water solutions for sustainable, climate-resilient development. World Water Day...
International Women’s Day 2021 | IWMI
Across IWMI we’re celebrating the women who are leaders both in their families and their communities; we’re asking colleagues what they’ve achieved over the past 12 months, despite it being...
International Day for Women and Girls in Science 2021 | IWMI
Video made for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science 2021. We asked the WIRES team members to give advice to young women in science, and to tell...

View more videos from IWMI at

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  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI).  2019.  Towards a circular economyColombo, Sri Lanka:  International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 4p. (IWMI Success Stories 026)   [doi: 10.5337/2019.006]
  • van Koppen, Barbara; Schreiner, B.  2018.  A hybrid approach to decolonize formal water law in AfricaColombo, Sri Lanka:  International Water Management Institute (IWMI).  45p.  (IWMI Research Report 173)   [doi: 10.5337/2018.219]
  • Schreiner, B.; van Koppen, Barbara.  2018.  Establishing hybrid water use rights systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: a practical guide for managersPretoria, South Africa: Pegasys Institute; Pretoria, South Africa: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 48p.
  • Shrestha, Gitta; Joshi, Deepa; Clement, Floriane.  2019. Masculinities and hydropower in India: a feminist political ecology perspectiveInternational Journal of the Commons, 13(1):130-152.    [doi: 10.18352/ijc.920]
  • Suhardiman, Diana; Nicol, Alan; Mapedza, Everisto.  2017.  Water governance and collective action: multi-scale challenges.  Oxon, UK:  Routledge – Earthscan.  190p.  (Earthscan Water Text) (Non open access)
  • Suhardiman, Diana; Karki, Emma.  2019.  Spatial politics and local alliances shaping Nepal hydropower.  World Development, 122:525-536. [doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.06.022] (Non open access)

WLE Publications

World Water Week 2019: Program

For many of us, World Water Week is one of the highlights of the year. Not only is it an opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old ones, but it is also a chance to move forward on solutions to one of the biggest challenges of our time.

Search by topic, theme and session type to maximize your World Water Week! Create your own schedule or recommend sessions to your network by sharing them online. In the programme you can explore additional resources tied to each session, such as PowerPoints, reports and conclusions.

Explore the programme!

Latest News

Devex: Agriculture in the time of COVID-19

The effects of COVID-19 have been felt in almost every sector, and agriculture is no different.

Prevention Web: Three months of floods, or nine months of drought

In an effort to address these challenges through cross-sectoral collaboration, Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, IWMI’s Country Representative for Pakistan and Regional Representative for Central Asia, convened a regional dialogue in advance of the UN Food Systems Summit.
Farmer working in a paddy field. Photo: Faseeh Shams / IWMI

Three months of floods, or nine months of drought

An intense monsoon season in Pakistan means the country’s food system faces the challenge of both extreme floods and extended droughts.

Peace FM: Jekora Ventures Wins Prestigious Global SEED 2021 Low Carbon Award

Jekora Ventures Limited (JVL) has won the prestigious SEED 2021 Low Carbon Award for its Briquette and Compost Production at the JVL-YKMA Recycling Plant.
Men checking up an irrigation water system. Photo: Neil Palmer / IWMI

Thinking Hydrologically

Water is running out in Central Asia. New approaches to water regulation, energy production, and agricultural education are necessary to be able to feed the region.

The Nation: ‘Turn research into action’: Experts put solutions under spotlight to solve water challenges in Pakistan

A high-profile panel of officials and experts have brainstormed ideas to improve water governance in Pakistan, stressing the need for collaborative efforts aided by technology to tackle the existing and upcoming challenges.

Innovation bundles

Farmer-led irrigation development is about much more than installing a pump in a field. It requires access to financing, labor, energy, and input and output markets, so that investments in irrigation translate into sustainable returns. IWMI uses a systemic approach to understand the farming system as well as the factors in the enabling environment that prevent women, men and youth from engaging in and benefitting equitably from farmer-led irrigation. We partner with farmers and the public and private sectors to test contextually relevant innovation bundles that combine irrigation technology such as solar pumps with financing mechanisms like pay-as-you-own or pay-as-you-go, agricultural inputs and agronomic techniques. We also look at ways to improve on-farm water management and nutrient use efficiency and reduce evapotranspiration through digital advances and agricultural extension. We integrate the scaling of innovation bundles into agricultural value chains to enhance the impacts on farmers’ irrigation investments, incomes and livelihoods.

This focus area contributes to the following One CGIAR impact areas:

Nutrition, health and food security Poverty reduction, livelihoods and jobs Gender equality, youth and inclusion Environmental health and biodiversity Climate adaptation and mitigation

Gender and social inclusion

The barriers facing women and men in accessing irrigation technologies are not the same. Neither are the benefits. Social, cultural and religious norms influence inter- and intra-household power relations. These, in turn, affect access to resources such as land, credit, information and training. IWMI carries out cross-dimensional analysis of gender and social inclusion in policy, financing, livelihood assets and access, institutional approaches and interventions as well as gender-based technology preferences. For example, we work with farmers, financial institutions and the private sector to address gender-based constraints in credit scoring and enhance women’s purchasing power. But benefitting from farmer-led irrigation does not stop at accessing and adopting technologies; enabling women and resource-poor farmers to participate in input and output markets is equally important to ensure that investments in irrigation result in improved nutrition and economic empowerment. Other ways we enhance gender and social inclusion include tackling agency issues around financial management and literacy, livelihood diversity and social capital as well as access to infrastructure, extension services and market linkages.

This focus area contributes to the following One CGIAR impact areas:

Poverty reduction, livelihoods and jobs Gender equality, youth and inclusion

Environmental sustainability

Population pressure and increasing water competition in a changing climate require us to take stock of the availability and use of water across scales. Water availability not only influences farmers’ commercial prospects but also irrigation-related enterprises and agri-businesses. Greater water scarcity could jeopardize irrigation and agricultural markets while excessive water use can lead to declining ecosystems, water quality and soil health. IWMI advises development partners and the public and private sectors on all aspects of water resource availability and use through a variety of advanced modeling and remote-sensing products and tools, including Water Accounting+solar irrigation mapping and internet of things. These are complemented by multi-criteria analysis to evaluate the potential of irrigation expansion, taking into consideration environmental flows. With our private sector partners, we are leveraging converging technologies, such as sensors on solar pumps that capture usage data, to encourage better resource management and governance.

This focus area contributes to the following One CGIAR impact areas:

Environmental health and biodiversity Climate adaptation and mitigation

Adaptive scaling and partnerships

The ability of farmers to engage in or expand irrigation depends on the prevailing socioeconomic, ecological and political contexts, which are often complex, non-linear and changeable. Overcoming systemic barriers to farmer-led irrigation development while taking advantage of existing opportunities requires scaling processes to be adaptive. This means diverse actors feed off, adapt to, support, cooperate, compete and interact with each other, forming different multi-actor networks and engaging in collective action to undertake various functions in the scaling ecosystem. IWMI works with farmers and public and private sector partners to co-design and pilot contextually relevant innovation bundles and their scaling pathways or strategies, influence policies and accelerate the transition to scale of innovations with demonstrated early impact.

This focus area contributes to the following One CGIAR impact areas:

Nutrition, health and food security Poverty reduction, livelihoods and jobs Gender equality, youth and inclusion Environmental health and biodiversity Climate adaptation and mitigation

Financing ecosystem

A lack of affordable credit, particularly for women and resource-poor farmers, is one of the main barriers to expanding farmer-led irrigation in low- and middle-income countries. But credit alone is not enough. Financing for irrigation equipment must be embedded in a wider financing ecosystem that bundles credit with inputs and services, market information and access, and technology such as digital payment. In several countries, irrigation equipment suppliers are stepping in to provide financing directly to farmers. In doing so, they increase their own risk. To address this issue, IWMI works with farmers, private companies, finance institutions and development partners such as the World Bank Group to analyze whether credit-scoring tools are inclusive. We also help to identify gaps in the financing ecosystem and de-risk the private sector from testing innovative end-user financing mechanisms that take into account farming system typologies, financial and social capital and crop seasonality.

This focus area contributes to the following One CGIAR impact areas:

Poverty reduction, livelihoods and jobs Gender equality, youth and inclusion

Human capacity development and knowledge exchange

Scaling farmer-led irrigation requires strengthening human capacity and knowledge exchange among all actors and stakeholders involved. IWMI takes an action research approach, working with national and international research institutions, governments, extension agents and public and private organizations to co-develop the scaling ecosystem and strengthen capacity to drive scaling networks and collective action. We support the development of or reinforce national multi-stakeholder dialogues with the aim of sharing scaling experiences and realizing win-win collaboration, interactive learning and capacity development. Other modalities for capacity development include hackathons, innovation research grants for bachelor’s and master’s students, private sector scaling grants and innovation internships with private companies. These all serve to stimulate local and contextually relevant innovation, close the research-private sector divide and enhance job readiness among young professionals.

This focus area contributes to the following One CGIAR impact areas:

Nutrition, health and food security Poverty reduction, livelihoods and jobs Gender equality, youth and inclusion Environmental health and biodiversity Climate adaptation and mitigation

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