South Asia has been defined by historic and inextricable connections between water and development. However, rapid population growth, several transboundary river basins and competing pressures from industrial, agricultural and domestic sectors in all the countries of the region have created a daunting set of challenges related to the sustainability, accessibility, quality and equity in sharing of water resources. As issues related to water – availability, security, quality, conflict and natural disasters – become more pressing, the focus will be on research, training capacity building and knowledge mobilisation. Multi-disciplinary engagement, collaborative training, strong leadership and local capacity building endeavours will be key to shaping new, more effective paradigms and approaches to water management.
SaciWATERs, South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, was formed as a project on the theme "water for food and rural development" after the 2000 World Water Forum at the Hague, was established with the aim of bringing a paradigm perspective. Based in Hyderabad, India, the consortium comprises accomplished scholars and activists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SaciWATERs produces new knowledge to address the pressing problems in the water sector in south Asia through education, research and advocacy. It has created a new group of professionals and experts through its Crossing Boundaries Project which aims to contribute to the paradigm shift in water resources management in South Asia by means of various partnership-based programmes for capacity building of water professionals through higher education, innovative and social learning focused research ("research with an impact"), knowledge based development and networking.
Dr. Jasveen Jairath (2001 – 2005)
Prof. Nimal Gunuwardane (2005 – 2009)
Dr. N C Narayana (2009 - 2010)
Dr. Divya Ratna Kansakar (2010 – 2011)
Dr. Chanda Gurung Goodrich (2011 – 2012)
Dr. Anjal Prakash (2012 – 2014)
Dr. Anamika Barua (2014 – 2016)
Prof. Sucharita Sen (2016 – 2018)
Dr. Snehalatha (2018 – 2019)
Dr. Mansee Bal Bhargava (2020)