Division of Water Policy

Division of Water Policy

The Division of Water Policy is led by Division Director Jessica Neafie of Results International Research & Consulting, which supports research and outreach efforts related to water resources. Researchers carry out research projects that intent on understanding the challenges to water security, to identify smarter policies and practices in the water sector, to evaluate the outputs and outcomes of investments, and other problems pertaining to water resources. At Results International we aim to identify effective policy solutions and reform strategies to improve water governance because despite moves to improve water access around the world approximately 1.2 billion people live in areas of water scarcity a problem that has economic, social, and political ramifications.

Our research focuses on major issues confronting the water sector, such as the determination of water tariffs, conflicts and cooperation in trans-boundary water resources, as well as investigating the growing complexity in water resources management due to linkages between water security and other key challenges such as energy security, food security and environmental quality. Our researchers engage in policy outreach across an array of timely and challenging topics focusing on the integration of water security into national policy making to achieve sustainable development. We participate in policy forums, can create policy briefs to be used by practitioners, and will respond to requests for policy-relevant research from governments, donor organizations, NGOs, and firms.

State of the World’s
Water According to the UN and the World Bank, 1.2 billion people live in areas of water scarcity, and as many as 40 percent of the world’s population may be suffering from water stress by 2030, due to worsening trends in water pollution and climate change damage. Water access has important implications because of the economic, social, and political ramifications that arise when water is unavailable. One of these important areas is the security threat that’s posed when the most crucial resource to the human race is not accessible. Water conflict is only now becoming an issue up for discussion due to a large population putting strain on such an important resource, but also because control of water and water rights provides power over populations who need water. Countries must now question whether or not they are truly safe from water conflict—particularly as populations continue to grow at the same time that agricultural and industrial needs result in a greater need for freshwater sources that prevent local populations from accessing clean freshwater.

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