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October 21, 2020 Wednesday 12:40:35 PM IST

New funding to improve water security for 10 million people in Africa and Asia

Policy Indications

New funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will support global research and practice to improve water security for 10 million people in Africa and Asia. The FCDO’s grant to the University of Oxford will now extend to 2024 and increase to £22.5 million, to support the REACH programme to improve water security by delivering world-class science to transform policy and practice. Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research & Evidence Division, at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office says, ‘More than ever, we recognise that water security - that is, ensuring sufficient quantity and quality of water for different uses with an acceptable level of risk - is critical to the health, well-being, and prosperity of people. We know that the poorest, and most disadvantaged, often lack safe and affordable water to drink or wash their hands, and are hit hardest by extremes in weather. 

The REACH programme’s work, which began in 2015, has already improved water security for more than two million people, working with UNICEF and in partnership with government, private sector and academia in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Read More: https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-10-20-new-funding-improve-water-security-10-million-people-africa-and-asia



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