Focus Areas

Research is a central component of SaciWATERs’ mission to bridge the gap between local communities and policy makers, social welfare organizations and research institutions. By reducing the existing knowledge gaps, it aims to develop the capabilities of individuals and institutions in integrated water resources management (IWRM), promote collaborative management of water resources and strengthen knowledge creation. In this context, SaciWATERs undertakes comparative research and works closely with local partners in different parts of South Asia. It studies water resources management from a multi-pronged conceptual, policy and practical viewpoint, even while closely interacting with societal interest groups to design and realise solutions that are applicable in the real world. Through its research initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Critically analyse water resource management processes that are conceptually, practically or politically important for South Asia
  • Conduct ‘solution-oriented’ research, in partnership with community interest groups, at local and policy levels
  • The goal of SaciWATERs’ education-oriented program is two-fold: to expand the discourse on South Asian water resource management beyond the traditional scope and to enable the capacity building of water professionals. The Consortium redefines traditional approaches to water resource management by analyzing existing challenges through the lens of social and environmental equity. SaciWATERs approaches water issues by consciously integrating considerations of poverty alleviation, socioeconomic equity, social justice, and ecological resilience into its practice.The Consortium believes that through direct capacity building it can influence long-term educational reform within the water resources sector. Through its educational initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Incorporate developmental concerns like ecology, poverty and democracy in existing water education programmes, and thereby transform their currently restricted focus
  • Design long-term and comprehensive educational strategies that boost skills and knowledge in the field of interdisciplinary water resources
  • Advocacy is integral to generating change at both grassroots and policy levels. SaciWATERs seeks to leverage its research findings to empower communities so they can more effectively advocate change in water and environmental management. In addition, it endeavours to influence policy makers at international, national, and subnational levels to ensure accurate knowledge and perspectives are taken into account in critical decision-making processes. SaciWATERs coordinates networking events, workshops and conferences to provide a platform for knowledge creation and exchange amongst concerned groups. It believes that through discussion and collaboration, advocacy can become an effective tool in improving water resource management across South Asia. Through its advocacy initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Guide social mobilization efforts and ensure that knowledge on actual water management processes ‘works’ in the public and policy domains
  • Provide a platform for exchange, discussion and collaboration at the South Asia level through networking, resource sharing, and workshops and conferences.
  • Broaden the water resources knowledge base through comparative research on water resource management processes and issues across South Asia
  • Provide a forum for a dialogue on water through its open access, online journal SAWAS (South Asian Water Studies), which promotes constructive debate and analysis of current issues in the sector
  • After its initial years of focus on research, education, and advocacy, SaciWATERs has transitioned towards to incorporate grassroot implementation as an essential extension of its knowledge mobilisation initiatives. With our research history, capacity, and knowledge base built by the organisation over the past many years, our implementation projects have been designed with a bottom-up rights-based perspective understanding the need for contextual,and integrated resource management. Through its partnerships and knowledge mobilization initiatives, SaciWATERs aims to:

  • Effectively apply research outcomes to successful practice
  • Strengthen the skills, knowledge and capacity of communities and emerging organizations in the water management arena
  • Through its work SaciWATERs promotes the expansion of an inclusive network of water professionals at the governmental, non-governmental, academic and community levels. These networks enable strengthening of knowledge sharing and mobilization across boundaries and across continents. It also helps generate a critical mass of water professionals that will effectively engage with government and civil society in the entire region. Partnerships are built through membership and coordination of international issue based networks, as well as through systematic partnerships for comparative research and knowledge network based projects. Our networks help build knowledge, catalyse action on the ground, strengthening the integrated approach within water sector, foster advocacy and enable partnerships for convergence by engaging with different actors across research, capacity building, and grassroot implementation. In contrast to individuals and organisations working on an issue, a network contributes to addressing the issue through studying its inter-disciplinary nature, breaking silos, connecting inter-state expertise and leveraging inter-sectoral engagements. .

    Themes and Projects

    SCaN Regional Network

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/scan/ Project Page: http://www.saciwaters.org/scan.php

    Status: ONGOING
    Main Objective: The SaciWATERs-CapNet Network (SCaN) is a platform for partnership towards capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) across the South Asia region
    Funder: Cap-Net UNDP
    Focus Area: Partnerships & KM, Capacity Building & Advocacy       
    Assessment of WAPRO project of ICSD

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/icsd/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: To evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project interventions in improving water stewardship at village level within the WAPRO setting (PUSH-PULL-POLICY approach) and provide recommendations and to document successful cases of village-based water stewardship.
    Funder: Intercooperation Social Development India
    Focus Area: Monitoring and assessment       
    Analysis of Benefit Sharing Schemes by Hydropower Projects in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/icimod/icimod

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The primary objective of the study is to understand the processes, mechanisms, relevance, and utility of benefit-sharing schemes in hydropower projects, their implementation on the ground, and their sustainability in the long run
    Funder: ICIMOD
    Focus Area: Research       
    Crossing Boundaries

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/CB/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The Crossing Boundaries has sought to promote an interdisciplinary approach in analyzing and understanding water resource management issues.
    Funder: DGIS, Wageningen University
    Focus Area: Research, Capacity building       
    Documenting Disappearing Water bodies of Hyderabad City: Social Technological Options for Drinking Water Supply

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective:
    Funder: Department of Science & Technology (DST)
    Focus Area: Research       
    Drought preparedness of vulnerable sections in rural telangana
    Project Page: http://www.saciwaters.org/unicef.php

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The primary objective of the project was to do a detailed review of drought policies in India and Telangana, including cross-cutting sectoral policies for water, agriculture, disaster management, livelihood, and food security.
    Funder: UNICEF
    Focus Area: Policy Research       
    Stimulating Community Mobilisation for Effective Management of Solid Waste for the Revival of Hameed Khan Kunta (lake)

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/lakes/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: Creating an improved understanding of the Community Waste Management and its strategic significance in the revival of the Hameed Khan Kunta lake
    Funder: US Consulate
    Focus Area: Research, Advocacy, & Knowledge Mobilization       
    Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of the Brahmaputra River - Phase I & II

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/bd/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: To initiate the dialogue process for smooth water management between the Brahmaputra river riparian countries.
    Funder: Asia Foundation, India
    Focus Area: Advocacy and Research       
    Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of the Brahmaputra River - Phase 3

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/brahmaputra-dialogue/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: Facilitate a multilateral and multi-stakeholder dialogue process between Brahmaputra river riparian countries for co management of the Brahmaputra Basin.
    Funder: South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI), The Asia Foundation (TAF)
    Focus Area: Advocacy, Research and Capacity Building       
    Shifting Grounds

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/shiftinggrounds

    Status: ONGOING
    Main Objective: Project aims to build knowledge and capacity among local actors and support a transformative process in peri-urban delta communities groundwater resources.
    Funder: NWO
    Focus Area: Research, Advocacy & Capacity building       
    H2O-T2S in Urban Fringe Areas

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/t2speriurban

    Status: ONGOING
    Main Objective: The overarching aim of the H2O-T2S project is to better understand the plurality and context specificities of water related transformations in different types of periurban areas. By working in different research sites controlling for varied agro-climatic characteristics (Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata), the project will identify transformation pathways depending on different combinations of factors that govern water management in periurban areas.
    Funder: International Science Council (ISC) , German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) , Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
    Focus Area: Research, Advocacy & Stakeholder engagement       
    Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad: A study of Hydrological settings and Informal Institutional dynamics

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/wsphyd

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: To understand complex hydro geological setting, informal institutional dynamics and probable technological solutions towards realizing water security of Metropolitan Hyderabad.
    Funder: Bordeaux Metropole (France), Arghyam (Bangalore)
    Focus Area: Advocacy and Research       
    International WaTERS

    Website: http://www.international-waters.org

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The International WaTERS is a partnership with a multi-faceted approach: promoting collaborative and comparative research on urban water resilience. SaciWATERs is one of the network partners and is responsible to develop a module on rural ? urban linkages and the periurban.
    Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
    Focus Area: Research, Capacity building & Knowledge Mobilization       
    Peri-urban Water Security in South Asia: Adapting to Climate Change and Urbanisation

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/periurban/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: To understand the implications of urbanisation processes for water access and use in peri-urban locations in South Asia. Further the project examines the water related vulnerability, adaptation and resilience of different social groups in the context of climate change
    Funder: IDRC, Canada
    Focus Area: Research, Advocacy, & Knowledge Mobilization       
    Rural to Urban Transitions and the Peri-Urban Interface: Identifying, Mapping, and Understanding Peri-Urban Areas in India and Pakistan

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/east-west-center/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: To engage experts, scholars, promising young professionals, and students from India and Pakistan in a complex research problem in order to develop mutual interests and relationships around the topic of rural to urban transitions and peri-urban interfaces in South Asia
    Funder: East- West Center, Hawaii
    Focus Area: Research       
    South Asian Water (SAWA) Leadership Program on Climate Change

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/sawaleadershipprogram/ Project Page: http://saciwaters.org/sawa.php

    Status: ONGOING
    Main Objective: To increase the number of women occupying leadership roles in the water sector fostering an interdisciplinary approach linking climate change and water insecurity by awarding fellowships to 36 women enrolled in master?s-level Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) programs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
    Funder: IDRC
    Focus Area: Capacity Building       
    Climate Policy, Conflicts and Cooperation in Peri-Urban South Asia: Towards Resilient and Water Secure Communities

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/cocoon

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The project looks into how the processes of climate change and urbanization are creating problems of water insecurity in the peri-urban areas of these four rapidly expanding cities. It seeks to improve mutual learning, strengthen institutional and community capacities to optimally manage water insecurity, and bolster resilience. It also aims to support and empower communities to effectively use, manage and govern their water resources against a backdrop of water insecurity caused by the dual impact of climate change and urbanization
    Funder: NWO
    Focus Area: Research, Advocacy & Capacity building       
    SAWA Fellowship

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/sawafellowships

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: To address the issues of water security by providing the opportunity, to train a generation of water professionals using multi-disciplinary approaches that are sensitive to women, the poor, environment and sustainability.
    Funder: IDRC, Canada
    Focus Area: Research & Knowledge Mobilization       
    Understanding Women's Role in Agriculture in the Eastern Gangetic Plains: The Macro and Micro Connections
    Project Page: http://www.saciwaters.org/aciar.php

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The objective of the study is to critically revisit the role of women in agriculture in Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP) that encompasses parts of South Asian countries viz. India, Nepal and Bangladesh, a region with highly fertile land, however, having a high dependence on agriculture, low productivity, limited crop diversification and high incidence of rural poverty.
    Funder: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
    Focus Area: Research       
    Poverty squares and gender circles: unravelling agriculture gaps, challenges and opportunities in the Eastern Gangetic Basin

    Website: https://wle.cgiar.org

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: Bridging gender know-do gaps in situations of increasing uncertainty in agriculture
    Funder: CGIAR research program on WLE
    Focus Area: Water and Gender       

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/tccl

    Status: ONGOING
    Main Objective: To increase access of the households and school children with improved and sustainable drinking water and Sanitation services in urban slums and schools of Hyderabad city ensuring sustained behavior change among school children and communities. It also aims to mobilize the government funds towards demonstrating a sustainable and viable model of WASH infrastructure service deliveryp.
    Funder: TATA Capital Cleantech Limited, (Supported by WaterAid)
    Focus Area: Advocacy, Capacity Building, and Implementation       
    Citizen's First Campaign on Accountability for Drinking water and Sanitation - Phase 2

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/citizenfirst

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The objective of the project is to empower the urban community on water supply and sanitation rights by creating a citizen?s platform- primarily knows as Basti Vikas Manch.
    Funder: Water Aid
    Focus Area: Advocacy & Capacity building       
    Citizen's First Campaign on Accountability for Drinking water and Sanitation - Phase 1

    Website: http://www.saciwaters.org/watsan/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The objective of the project is to empower the urban community on water supply and sanitation rights by creating a citizen?s platform- primarily knows as Basti Vikas Manch
    Funder: Water Aid
    Focus Area: Advocacy & Capacity building       
    Project Page: http://saciwaters.org/tchfl.php

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: Access to Safe and Clean Drinking Water in Hyderabad Schools" Project Sponsored by WaterAid - TCHFL has been initiated in the month of June, 2019. Baseline has been done and based on the gaps identified both software and hardware interventions have been designed accordingly. The core objective of the project is same as Phase - I schools. GIS MAP OF TCHFL - PHASE II - Schools TCHFL - Phase - II schools selected for study (Uppal & Malkajgiri circles) progress in brief / Nut shell
    Funder: Intercooperation Social Development India
    Focus Area: WASH       
    Creation of Model Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Secure Slums, Schools & ICDS Centres
    Project Page: http://saciwaters.org/wateraid.php

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: Ensuring access to safe water among the most marginalized communities in urban slums of Hyderabad
    Funder: WaterAid
    Focus Area: WASH       
    Civil Society voices, vulnerable communities and localized platforms for water quality challenges
    Project Page: http://saciwaters.org/eu.php

    Status: ONGOING
    Main Objective: To enable/improve access to safe drinking water and health for marginalised and vulnerable communities in selected arsenic and fluoride districts of India. Through the approach of building people-centric district platforms, the projects aims to complement the National Water Quality Sub-Mission (NWQSM) floated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
    Funder: European Union
    Focus Area: Implementation       
    Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network

    Website: http://arsenicnetwork.in/

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: It is an attempt to create repository of knowledge on arsenic and enable action based on this knowledge. The network aims to increase awareness of the arsenic issue amongst affected populations and work towards addressing these issues by supporting coordinated efforts towards arsenic mitigation.
    Funder: Arghyam, Bangalore
    Focus Area: Partnership and knowledge mobilisation & Capacity building       
    Water Quality Project

    Website: http://saciwaters.org/waterquality

    Status: COMPLETED
    Main Objective: The Water Quality Project is implemented in partnership with State Government of Telangana. The Project attempts to plug the gaps in the existing National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Program (NRDWQMSP) in the State of Telangana and activate the dormant systems and institutions at local level for sustainability.
    Funder: Water Aid India
    Focus Area: Capacity Building, Strengthening Interventions and Local Institutions and Advocacy