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Climate Finance Policy brief 2016Increasing climate finance for sustainable water and sanitation services

In this new policy brief, Louise Whiting, Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change, outlines the urgent policy changes needed to ensure that climate finance is used catalytically, effectively and for the benefit of highly vulnerable populations living without access to water and sanitation.

Climate Finance Initiative 2016Climate Finance Initiative: 2016 briefing note

This briefing note sets out the rationale, objectives and strategy for the WaterAid Climate Finance Initiative – a new work programme that seeks to ensure a proportion of climate finance flows support the extension of sustainable water and sanitation services to the world’s poorest and most climate-vulnerable communities.

Climate finance and water security WaterAid report Climate finance and water security WaterAid briefing

Today’s climate variability threatens the lives and prosperity of people across many of the countries where WaterAid works, along with other challenges such as rapid urbanisation, high inequality and changing land use. Climate change will worsen these existing challenges. A new Briefing note by Louise Whiting, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change, explains what we plan to do to address this threat.

WaterAid and climate change report

WASH and climate change

This December, world leaders will meet in Paris under the auspices of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to negotiate new binding obligations on all countries to act on climate change. We focus on the role that sustainable WASH services play in enhancing climate resilience. We also advocate for international climate finance to support countries on their journey towards universal access to WASH. This ‘WaterAid and climate change’ briefing note outlines our approach to climate change, including how it affects our work and what we are doing to build community resilience to climatic impacts.

Universal access by 2030: will there be enough water?

Universal access by 2030: will there be enough water?

The over-exploitation of water resources could have a huge effect on WaterAid’s mission to achieve universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030. We can lead the WASH sector in increasing engagement with management of water resources, and ensure protection of the water the world’s poorest people need for drinking, cooking, bathing, sanitation and hygiene. But to do this, we must recognise that competition for water is a growing issue, build on existing efforts to increase water security and conduct vigorous, evidence-based advocacy.

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Assessing climate change

This policy brief is an introductory guide to understanding and using the best data to analyse how climate change affects WaterAid’s work.

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Water security framework

This document sets out the framework for community-level water security, and reflects WaterAid’s focus on water for basic human needs in low-income countries, while acknowledging the importance of other water uses. It also informs our efforts to safeguard the water supplies of poor and marginalised communities.

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Disasters framework

This framework sets out how WaterAid and our partners develop effective strategies for disaster work. It is derived from the Global Strategy and provides the driving principles and minimum commitments that WaterAid will follow globally.

Strengthening WASH services

This briefing note describes the early experiences of a community-based water resource management (CBWRM) initiative carried out by WaterAid’s Regional Learning Centre for Water Resources in Burkina Faso.

Managing water locally

Managing water locally

This publication, produced with the Institution of Civil Engineers and Oxfam, discusses the global issues of demographic change, environment and climate change at local level, and the part local water users can play in adapting to the impact they have on water resources. It explains how monitoring and management of water resources at community level can contribute to greater water security.

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Climate finance and water security

WaterAid is working hard to ensure that a portion of the US $100 billion committed to climate change every year from 2020 (known as climate finance) is directed towards the essential services – such as water, sanitation and hygiene – that poor people need to be resilient to change. We commissioned Oxford Policy Management to conduct new research into how climate finance has been spent so far, and whether or not it has been spent on improving people’s water security. The reports include three country case studies in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia, an Inception Report and a Synthesis Report.

Africa’s adaptation gap: technical reportAfrica’s adaptation gap: technical report

This report by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is a stark analysis of where Africa stands in relation to its adaptation goals and is a cautionary indicator of what may happen should high levels of carbon emissions continue.

The IPCC’s fifth assessment report – what’s in it for Africa?The IPCC’s fifth assessment report – what’s in it for Africa?

This report is a guide to the IPCC’s fifth assessment report prepared for decision-makers in Africa by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI). It distils the richest material on African experiences in adaptation and mitigation.

The IPCC’s fifth assessment report – what’s in it for South Asia?The IPCC’s fifth assessment report – what’s in it for South Asia?

This report is a guide to the IPCC’s fifth assessment report prepared for decision-makers in South Asia by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI). It distils the richest material on South Asian experiences in adaptation and mitigation.