Project Profile

Research in Africa

Water-security in Ethiopia-MUS

Duration : September 1, 2017 - February 28, 2019
(Extended to June 30, 2019)

Pastoralists have developed complex water use patterns and water-related resilience strategies to the vulnerabilities of themselves and their livestock to risks such as climate change, conflict and poverty. However, conventional water access indicators used by government and multilateral agencies often poorly reflect these patterns. Focusing on the Afar in the Awash basin, Ethiopia, this ESRC-DFID funded research called “Water-security in Ethiopia and the Emotional Response of Pastoralists (WEEP)”, led by Cranfield University and in collaboration with IRC and IWMI, addresses this gap. The research explores the role of water in shaping emotional wellbeing, distinguishing between the experiences by the different household members, in particular women and men and those at home and those away from home tending livestock. This knowledge will feed into the development a novel experience-based indicator of pastoralists’ water-related emotional wellbeing.

Location(s): Ethiopia
Project Contact: Van Koppen, B.
Donor(s): Department For International Development