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Systematic Review: Performance of water management institutions

On behalf of the UK government, we led a 2-year exercise with the University of East Anglia to collect and assess the global evidence on how, when and why water resource institutions contribute to poverty reduction and economic growth. 
The work is a key global reference and has significant implications for research, policy and practice.

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Taking action on supply chain water risks: European market research

Despite growing interest in the water footprint of consumption, little is known about consumer attitudes and behaviour in response to water issues.

In 2014, we undertook market research.in the UK and Germany that revealed high levels of concern about the impacts of virtual water consumption, and a willingness to take action by boycotting or preferential purchasing. This drove development of the business case for a independently certified global water stewardship standard - AWS.

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Strengthening the evidence base for DFID engagement on Water within the Southern African Development Community

Commissioned by DFID, we undertook a review and synthesis of the literature on the challenges and constraints facing water security in Southern Africa. We made an unequivocal case for action to address water security in SADC and identified the risks of ‘doing nothing’ for the region’s long term climate resilience and sustainable economic growth.

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What Our Stakeholders Say

Water Witness International rose to the challenge of undertaking a global review of literature on water institutions and poverty. the team trod where others would have faltered. The Systematic Map has become a key reference document for water policy research internationally.
— Dr Mark Zeitoun, Director, University of East Anglia Water Security Research Centre