How women like Janaki are improving water use for dry season agriculture

    The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has been investing in research aiming to improve the livelihood of marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP), particularly women, through innovations in land and labour management and improved water use. The ACIAR ‘Dry Season Irrigation for Marginal and Tenant Farmers’ (DSI4MTF) project worked […]

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    How women like Sulochana are playing a greater role in sustainable farming

    The value of women is infinite. Women bear the brunt of problems—ranging from poverty to climate change—but they also possess the capabilities, knowledge and talents to solve these problems. That is why gender and social inclusion is embedded across Australia’s development programs. Through the Australian Government-funded Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP), the Australian Centre for […]

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  • How Yarra Valley Water is challenging perceptions of gender roles in the water utility sector

    Women, water and climate change are inextricably linked. Clean, safe and accessible water for everyone in the community plays a critical role in addressing poverty and contributing to economic and human development. Cohesive and fair communities are naturally more resilient, including to shocks from a changing climate or disease outbreaks. Through the Australian Water Association […]

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    Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

    The value of women is infinite – on International Women’s Day, we are celebrating women and girls as changemakers, innovators and leaders and their tremendous efforts around the world in shaping a more equal future and supporting COVID-19 response and recovery. Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis as health care workers, […]

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    Australia and UN Food and Agriculture Organization renew partnership

    On 8 December 2020, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian Water Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) was extended for a further two and a half years (until June 2023). The MoU—originally established in December 2017—was signed […]

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    Establishing a community of practice for Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion

    In the water sector, inequality and social exclusion can exist within water governance and management, access to water services, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Discrimination can be experienced due to race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Gender Equality, Disability, and […]

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  • A Sanitation Action Group on a project with Welthungerhilfe, Zimbabwe, as part of the Civil Society WASH Fund (credit: David Brazier, Civil Society WASH FMF/Palladium International)

    Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion

    Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion We have a societal responsibility to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are included and accounted for in water allocation and management processes and outcomes. This priority is intrinsic in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation [...]

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  • GEDSI – partner resources

    Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) recognises that the integration of Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) in its activities will lead to more equitable and sustainable outcomes. In recognition of the importance we have developed an AWP GEDSI Policy (formerly known as the AWP GESI Policy initiated in [...]

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  • Call for EOI: Facility Coordinator – Australia-Mekong Water Facility

    Submission Deadline: Friday 7 June 2019, 5.30pm (AEST) The Australian Water Partnership is seeking to appoint a Facility Coordinator to support the delivery of the Australia-Mekong Water Facility, a new initiative funded by DFAT’s Greater Mekong Water Resources Program. The Facility Coordinator is expected to be based in the Greater Mekong region, and preferably in Vientiane, [...]

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  • Kamala Basin Stakeholder Workshop on Formulation of Basin Development Goals and Pathways, Janakpur, Nepal, 12-13 July 2018. Credit: Hemant Ojha, Ram Bastakoti, Antonia Gamboa Rocha and Mahesh Shrestha.

    Planning for sustainability of water use in Nepali basins

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting policy and legal aspects of basin planning in Nepal for a Kamala Basin Planning Initiative, building upon the work of the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP). The Kamala River Basin is situated in the eastern part of Nepal and supports agriculture-based livelihoods for about 600,000 people. The people […]

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