Inadequate water access is among the largest impediments to future development. In recent years, we’ve witnessed important gains in water governance, but in many places, women, youth and other disempowered groups have yet to benefit. Trends in natural resource degradation, climate change, food insecurity and conflict are moving in the wrong direction, disproportionately affecting marginalized people worldwide. A key step for improving water governance is to enable them to gain a voice.


In 2019, we’ll take 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.



Only by Voicing Water Visions will we be able to unlock sustainable and equitable development and enjoy benefits for all.


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About IWMI

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non‐profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa, the Institute works with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future.