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 an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 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.