A Kharai camel stands with factory chimney stacks behind it on the horizon.

Livelihoods on the edge: contested mangroves in Kachchh

There is a real buzz about Mundra village on the Gulf of Kachchh coast, one of the fastest growing industrial hubs in India. A sprawling port, two of India’s biggest thermal power plants, and a special economic zone with growing export industries jostle for space in what once used to be western India’s biggest stretch…

Lyla Mehta interviewed by BBC World Service on inequality and consumption

STEPS researcher Lyla Mehta was a guest on BBC World Service’s flagship discussion programme, The Forum, to talk about inequality of consumption. During the discussion, Lyla shared insights from the STEPS Centre’s project on peri-urban sustainability. Although some people in cities in the global South have access to water supplied by the state, there are…

How the Water-Energy-Food ‘Nexus’ in Asia affects real lives

By Carl Middleton, Center for Social Development Studies, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University In Asia and globally, the water-energy-food nexus has received growing attention from policy makers, researchers, and practitioners. A key premise of ‘the nexus’ is that water use is interdependent with energy and food production. Thus, from a nexus viewpoint, the relationship between…

Woman stands beside a water pump in Zimbabwe.

Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in southern Africa

For the past two decades, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been the dominant paradigm in water resources. It is the flagship project of global bodies such as the Global Water Partnership (GWP). It has also been actively promoted by a range of multilateral and bilateral donors which consider it to be the path to address water governance…

Ramaswamy Iyer: remembering a water justice fighter

An obituary of the Indian water policy expert Ramaswamy Iyer has been published in the magazine Seminar. The author is Dipak Gyawali, a member of the STEPS advisory committee, who worked with Iyer over many years. Iyer served as Secretary of Water Resources in the central government and was instrumental in drafting India’s first National…

A human rights approach to Water and Food Security connections

A new report on water for food security and nutrition led by Lyla Mehta shows how land, food and water issues are inextricably linked and must be reflected in policymaking In the Red Room of Rome’s Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, a landmark report is being launched this morning, which, in the…

Water purification and the regulatory vacuum in India

By Aviram Sharma, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU Water purification technologies have witnessed a rapid rise at firm, household and community level in developing countries, especially during the last two decades. Yet they remain as one of the most neglected areas of research. So much so, in fact, that these ‘emerging’ technologies often…

Displaced by ‘development’: land, water and protest in Modi’s India

In the Narmada valley in western India, displaced people and activists are protesting against displacement, submergence and the violation of their basic rights. 20 activists, including Alok Agarwal, senior activist of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement), have been standing or sitting waist-deep in the submergence waters of the Omkareshwar dam in Madhya…

Water rationing in Taiwan and California is not the start of a ‘global water crisis’

Political leaders and international experts are discussing the future of water resources management at the 7th World Water Forum in Korea, a forum that meets every three years to raise public awareness about water issues. But public awareness about water issues may already be at its high since Taiwan and California have put in place…

Jeremy Allouche on BBC’s ‘Today’ Programme: Taiwan and global water reserves

STEPS member and IDS fellow Jeremy Allouche discussed global water reserves on this morning’s Today Programme on BBC Radio 4. The discussion comes in the context of Taiwan’s planned restrictions on water supplies to two of its cities. From the Today website: “The public’s water supply in two northern Taiwan cities will be stopped two…