The Water Institute’s activities are centered around a core collection of focus areas, selected to represent major, under-addressed challenges justified by problem definition, opportunity characterization, and impact potential, to which we would respond with activities spanning research, teaching and learning, networking, and knowledge management.
Our focus areas evolve with changes in the situation and state of knowledge, reflecting our commitment to focus on issues of major importance to the complex ways that public health, WaSH, and development intersect in countries world-wide.
Identifying effective approaches to tackle the sanitation crisis, especially for the urban poor where the services backlog and the worst of conditions collide.
Advancing evidence-based policies and enhancing local governance and management to ensure high quality water and sanitation services for all.
Increasing the resilience and reducing the vulnerability of drinking water and sanitation systems to climate extremes.
Improving water systems to deliver better levels of service and improvements to health, wellbeing, and economy.
Working with implementing organizations to introduce and apply efficient systems of monitoring and evaluation to directly drive improvement.
Minimizing disease burden, improving health service delivery, and protecting the environment by influencing the complex interactions between health systems and environmental health.
Generating evidence and providing recommendations to implement and improve effective international development policies and monitoring on water.