Improving water security for the poor

REACH Themes

REACH’s work aligns around four key themes, which have been developed in collaboration with our partners, and based on our research to date. They have been chosen to support the delivery of our research as well as the tools and knowledge relevant to the design of policies and practices to improve water security for the poor.

Our research continues to be delivered in line with our risk-based framework, working across our Water Security Observatories, and ensuring collaboration between themes. Click below to find out more about each theme.

Building capacity for climate resilience

Preparing for the threat from climate change through advancing understanding of regional climate and climate change, and through building capacity to integrate climate in water policy and practice.

Reducing inequalities in water security

Addressing the inequalities across scales from within the household to community, town, city, basin and region, that define current and emerging water security experiences.

Improving water quality management

Designing and demonstrating new approaches that can be adapted at scale in service delivery models for drinking water, and the management and conservation of surface water and groundwater.

Strengthening institutions for water security

Supporting law, policy and regulation to design, monitor and fund new institutional models for the delivery of universal, safe and affordable water and to ensure water resources are protected, managed and allocated effectively and sustainably.

‘Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.’


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