Thinking While Doing: What We’ve Been Reading, v. III

You are reading the third installment of GKI’s “What We’ve Been Reading” series, where we share what a few of our staff and/or interns have been reading (and have enjoyed/found interesting) over the past few weeks. We read a lot of fascinating and thought-provoking articles in the course of our work, and want to share some of our favorites, so that you can read some of the arguments and analyses that challenge and inspire us. […]

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Report we’ve been excited to read: USAID’s 1st Water and Development Strategy

This week, the US Agency for International Development released its first ever Water and Development Strategy (2013-2018). We at the Global Knowledge Initiative were thrilled by this important step, both because of the importance of USAID’s leadership in international development and policy, and also because of the stake we have in sustainable access to and quality of water. In Kenya, we are working with a team based at Kenyatta University – and with partners Kickstart, Kenya Rainwater Association, Kenyan university partners, and others – through our LINK (Learning and Innovation Network for Knowledge and Solutions) project to identify viable business models for rainwater harvesting. In Malaysia, we are beginning a project with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to gather water challenges from Malaysian communities and bring together students, university researchers, and community members to develop solutions. We salute USAID’s decision to release this important strategy, and we hope that together those of us working on this crucial issue will be able to improve access to – and quality of – water for all. […]

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