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Generation 2030 | Africa. Child demographics in Africa
  • Generation 2030 | Africa. Child demographics in Africa
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). August 2014
  • This report, focusing exclusively on Africa, has two key components. Chapter 1 provides an in-depth analysis of child demographic trends in Africa, for the region as a whole, by subregion, and country-by-country, and contextualizes some of these trends. Chapter 2 seeks to raise some key policy questions on the implications of Africa's child demographics for the continent itself and for the world. It addresses the fact that parts of Africa already face considerable shortages of vital services and resources such as water, food and energy.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Children, Gender, Poverty, Urbanization, Water scarcity, Youth

Applying results-based financing in water investments
  • Applying results-based financing in water investments
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). May 2014
  • This document is intended to contribute to a better understanding of Results-Based Financing (RBF) instruments and the conditions for success or failure of the approach in water. Given the broad variety of issues covered and the complexity faced by the water sector as a whole (from irrigation to flood protection, to water conservation and hydropower), concrete examples are provided in an attempt to make the document as practical as possible in guiding the design of future RBF schemes. Chapter 2 provides an analytical framework to explore if and when RBF can b...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Energy, Financing, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Irrigation, Poverty, Risk management, Sanitation, Small-scale providers, Technology, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water scarcity, Water services, Water supply

Reader on Water and Health
  • Reader on Water and Health
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). April 2014
  • This reader is intended for all those interested in getting familiar with issues related to water and health. The reader provides basic references for easy reading and some of the latest and most relevant United Nations publications on the issue. The publications are categorised according to overview; drinking water quality and risk management; water quantity; avoiding water-related diseases; water, health and economics; waste and wastewater management and by region
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Drinking water, Economic impact, Health, Hygiene, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Risk management, Sanitation, Wastewater, Water quality, Water scarcity

Our Planet: Greening business
  • Our Planet: Greening business
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2014
  • The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity. In particular the article 'Achieving more with Less' focuses on access to clean water as the world¿s biggest future challenge, citing the consequences of water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation as impacting factors on food and energy security as well as health and livelihood. [Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Energy, Forests, Green economy, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water efficiency, Water quality, Water scarcity

United Nations World Water Development Report 2014. Water and Energy. Volume 1 and 2
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 2014. Water and Energy. Volume 1 and 2
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). March 2014
  • The 5th edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014) examines the close interdependency between water and energy. The report demonstrates how water and energy are closely interconnected, the choices and actions made in one domain greatly affecting the other; it addresses a wide range of key issues, including agriculture, cities, industry, infrastructure and the environment. Volume 1 provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have be...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Behaviour change, Capacity building, Climate change, Conflicts, Dams, Desalination, Drinking water, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Food security, Green economy, Industry, Information and data, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), State of water resources, Technology, Urban areas, Water availability, Water cooperation, Water demand, Water efficiency, Water policy, Water scarcity

UNEP 2013 Annual Report
  • UNEP 2013 Annual Report
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). March 2014
  • The 2013 Annual Report lays out the highlights of UNEP's work in 2013, focusing on UNEP's achievement in the key focus areas of Climate Change; Disasters and Conflicts; Ecosystem Management; Environmental Governance; Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste; Resource Efficiency; and Sustainable Consumption and Production. There is specific reference to the impacts on and necessity for water, the human reliance upon this resource and the scarcity caused by our changing environment. Water as a theme runs throughout, but is more clearly summarised under the title ...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disasters, Ecosystems, Environment, International trade, Resilience, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water scarcity

River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • World Bank. March 2014
  • This paper presents a study conducted in Bangladesh, which quantifies the prospective relationship between climate-induced changes in sea level, temperature, rainfall, and altered riverine flows from the Himalayas, and the spread and intensity of salinisation on river water in the coastal zone by 2050. The research takes into account the projected land subsidence of the Ganges Delta, as well as alternative scenarios of upstream withdrawal of freshwater. The findings indicate that climate change will cause significant changes in river salinity in the southwest...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Climate change, Coastal zones, Drinking water, Environment, Groundwater, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Scenarios, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water scarcity

Partnering for Solutions: ICTs in Smart Water Management
  • Partnering for Solutions: ICTs in Smart Water Management
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). March 2014
  • This report intends to emphasize how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can overcome some of the challenges faced in the water sector when there is proper stakeholder involvement. The report showcases the significant roles stakeholders can play in the area of ICTs and Smart Water Management (SWM) and provides some initiatives and their accomplishments. It contains case studies selected to highlight how ICTs can be incorporated to address issues related to the current global water crisis, such as water security, water accessibility, climate chan...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Climate change, Communication, Development communication, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Infrastructure, Participation, Technology, Water availability, Water management, Water scarcity, Water security

Mainstreaming Gender in the Irrigation Development Support Programme: Case Study Zambia
  • Mainstreaming Gender in the Irrigation Development Support Programme: Case Study Zambia
  • World Bank. February 2014
  • This case study describes the integration of women producers into agricultural investment programs in Zambia as well as how women's right to land influences women as it relates to the Irrigation Development Support Programme (IDSP) in Zambia. The study discusses the projects aim to develop irrigated agricultural land managed by smallholders, including emergent farmers and making sufficient water available to support large-scale commercial operations. It is comprised of two interlinked studies, the first in the internal paper "Integrating Women Producers and T...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Awareness raising, Behaviour change, Capacity building, Community participation, Equity, Financing, Gender, Human rights, Investments, Irrigation, Land management, Monitoring, Participation, Water allocation, Water management, Water scarcity

Desertification, the invisible frontline
  • Desertification, the invisible frontline
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). January 2014
  • This publication examines desertification as a cause of global conflict and instability and calls for urgent action to support communities in crisis. It explores the impacts desertification has on the lives of many under the titles: Food (in)security - Farming ourselves into extinction; Water (in)security - water scarcity triggers conflicts; Climate - changing the face of the earth changes the humanity; Migration - Fight or flee; National Security - breaking down; Inaction, recipe for International Political and Economic chaos; Securitizing productive land - ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Climate change, Conflicts, Desertification, Deserts, Drought, Floods, Food security, Investments, Land degradation, Land management, Migration, Risk management, Water scarcity, Water security, Water supply

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