The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW) housed at Emory University focuses on increasing access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and appropriate hygiene as part of a global strategy to break the cycle of poverty and disease in developing countries. Housed in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), the Center is a focal point for evaluation, training and innovative solutions – marshalling resources for research, programmatic, and policy initiatives in water, sanitation, and hygiene; working with partners to ensure sustained improvements and reduce water-related illness; and training the next generation of leaders to address some of the world’s most pressing health, humanitarian and development challenges.
The Columbia Water Center of Columbia University’s Earth Institute tackles the issue of global water scarcity through innovations in technology, public policy and private action. Combining the rigor of scientific research with the impact of effective policy, the center aims to design reliable, sustainable models of water management and development that can be implemented on local, regional and global levels.
Improve International is a not-for-profit research and consulting firm that seeks ways to improve the responses to the water and sanitation crises.
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a nonprofit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. It is headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa. The IWMI website features resources including interactive mapping software, monitoring and benchmarking systems, and a searchable bank of scholarly publications.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre seeks to bridge the knowledge gap through joint learning with partners for improved, low-cost water supply, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries. Resources available through IRC’s web site include a comprehensive library of resources, WASH news and features, a thesaurus that can be used for indexing information on water supply and sanitation, and a curated list of 650 groups and networks in the water supply and sanitation sector.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. The ODI Water Policy Programme links high quality research with practical policy advice on water issues with a bearing on poverty. The ODI aims to provoke, contribute to and influence debates on water and sanitation through collaboration with a wide variety of government, donor, civil society and private sector partners.
The Pacific Institute’s Water Program works to improve efficiency, ensure basic access to water, and protect the environment. Available on the website are reports related to various water issues: Water and Conflict, The Human Right to Water, Climate Change, Water and Poverty, Water-Energy Nexus, Water, Food, and Agriculture, among others.
The Project on Global Water Policy at The Center for Strategic and International Studies is in the initial stages of hosting a consortium of U.S. universities involved in international WASH activities. The aim of the consortium is to increase coordination and communication among academic institutions and external partners who work in global WASH and provide opportunities for collaborative learning and research.
The Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) consortium is an eight-year initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development that seeks to contribute to achieving universal access to effective, sustainable and equitable sanitation and hygiene by generating, synthesising and translating evidence to improve policy and practice worldwide. The website’s resource library is a searchable database of articles, reports, policy briefs, presentations, videos and more.
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision making towards water wise policy. SIWI performs research, builds institutional capacity and provides advisory services in five thematic areas: water governance, transboundary water management, climate change and water, the water-energy-food nexus, and water economics. Access the site for policy briefs and reports, scientific papers and articles, brochures, documentation from World Water Weeks as well as full editions and articles of the Water Front magazine.
The UNC Water Institute focuses on research, teaching, and information/knowledge management. The Institute seeks to bring together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors and, through its academic leadership, empower them to work together to solve the most critical global issues in water and health.
The Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science is part of the University of Dundee and under the auspices of UNESCO. The Centre conducts interdisciplinary research, teaching and practitioner training in water law, policy and science. The website contains reports and policy briefs specifically aimed at policy and decision makers, as well as scientific journal articles, books and book chapters aimed at academics.
University of Oklahoma WaTER Center seeks to develop sustainable solutions by integrating technology, business and social understanding.
Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) is an education and research institute for developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for low- and middle-income countries. Visit the site for WEDC publications and conference papers, country files, videos, journals, maps, and manufacturers’ catalogs, among other resources.