Our Four Strategic Functions
Through research, we tackle knowledge gaps that impede effective action, respond to the information needs of our partners and act early on emerging issues. Having published more than 60 scientific papers in our first four years, our research contributes to evidence-based decisions in the scientific, policy and practitioner communities domestically and internationally. From 2010-2014, we received 51 funded grants and awards from 37 different awarding bodies, ranging from $1,500 to $1.5 million, to a total value of $5.69 million.
Teaching and Learning
Based at one of the top research universities in the country, the Water Institute has international teaching and learning partnerships. We use innovative distance learning programs and hands-on learning to help fill the global need for relevant, accessible training for WaSH professionals. Our 20 affiliated students, as well as distance learning course participants, benefit from the comparative advantage in the multidisciplinary knowledge base and expertise of Water Institute faculty, staff, fellow students and collaborators.
By providing up-to-date knowledge, we support informed policy and decision-making that protects public health and pushes human development forward worldwide. We provide balanced, objective and relevant information for policymakers, practitioners, researchers and funders through a range of channels, including scholarly publications, invited presentations, virtual learning opportunities, workshops, and the peer-reviewed Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, co-published with the International Water Association.
Networking and Partnership
We bring together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors, enabling them to work together to find solutions. In four years, our annual Water and Health Conference has become an important meeting place for international water, health and development thought-leaders, attracting 500 participants from 50 countries. We added two new conferences in 2014, on the water-climate-food-energy nexus and water microbiology. We also provide communications support to the WHO and UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage.