REACH is a global research programme to improve water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that transforms policy and practice.
REACH is a seven-year programme (2015-2022) led by Oxford University with international consortium of partners and funded with UK aid from the UK Government.
Living in poverty often means a struggle for water security. Rapid urban growth, unregulated pollution from industry, extreme floods and droughts, lack of reliable and safe drinking water, and increasing damage to water ecosystems threaten economies and undermine the lives of the poor.
Improving water security is an important pathway to sustainable growth and poverty reduction. However, better evidence is needed to guide institutional and infrastructure investments which unlock growth opportunities and help people move out of poverty.
The REACH programme will improve water security for over five million poor people by:
- generating new evidence on water security through an innovative, interdisciplinary, risk-based approach
- establishing science, practitioner and enterprise partnerships to ground research in approaches that will benefit the poor
- building capacity and networks for the next generation of water managers and scientists in Africa and South Asia.
How they work:
At the heart of the REACH programme is its global science-practitioner partnership. Aligning research design and activities with practitioner interventions will enable the programme to have impact globally.
Their global practitioner partner UNICEF will help them design and implement the research programme.They are working with UNICEF’s global headquarters, as well as regional and country offices in Africa and South Asia to make sure that their science informs their programmes of work.
Their international partners International Water Association (IWA), Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), and IRC will support the communication and uptake of their research findings and tools via their global networks.
A Global Advisory Panel provides objective and expert oversight of the programme design and delivery. The Panel consists of globally-recognised practitioners, scientists, enterprises and policy-makers.
A Science Board is responsible for providing scientific leadership and guidance to the programme, working with the Global Advisory Panel and lead researchers from country partners.
The REACH logical framework is a monitoring tool used to measure their progress.
Where they work:
REACH has core research programmes across eight Water Security Observatories in three countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya.
An observatory is a research location where significant but uncertain trajectories of change – such as urban growth, migration, or climate risks – are predicted over the next decade or even longer time spans. In each observatory they're carrying out an in-depth, long-term and interdisciplinary study on water security and poverty.
They also fund projects through their Partnership Funding, with 12 Catalyst Projects working across eleven African and South Asian countries, and more funding opportunities forthcoming.
Their research is focused on fragile states in Africa and South Asia, regions where water security challenges are greatest and poverty most acute.
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