Linking Preparedness Resilience and Response in Kenya

How can we improve humanitarian programming to build existing capacity of at risk communities and strengthen future resilience? How can we effectively and practically integrate conflict prevention into the work we do? How can we improve international assistance in an ever increasingly complex, insecure and volatile global context?

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Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners short course

7-11 September 2015, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Bringing together key strengths in water politics, climate change, agricultural water management and water allocation, this course will provide participants working in the policy sector with an exceptional chance to acquire an understanding of this key global issue.


Participants will acquire a variety of tools and analytical frameworks from a variety of disciplines and an extended understanding of this key national and global issue. They will leave the course with an ability to critically assess and address current water security policy, to gain an appreciation of the relations between water security and energy, climate, food, human and national security. Participants will also substantially develop their networks and resource bases.

Target Audience

The course is designed for entry and mid-level water and development policy-makers and professionals in government, donor, NGO or implementing agencies as well as for environmental journalists, consultants and activists. The short course is best suited for those with at least few years of experience working on water-related issues.

Teaching Team

The course is co-directed by Dr Naho Mirumachi of King’s Water and Dr Jessica Budds from the UEA Water Security Research Centre. Naho and Jessica are supported by a team of internationally recognised tutors including Professor Tony Allan (King’s Water), Vincent Casey (WaterAid), Professor Declan Conway (LSE), Dr Marisa Goulden (UEA), Professor Kevin Hiscock (UEA), Professor Bruce Lankford (UEA), Dr David Tickner (UEA/WWF), Dr Mark Zeitoun (UEA)

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Urban ARK programme: Tackling disaster risk in Africa

In an increasingly urbanizing world cities and their inhabitants are facing the highest losses from disasters. Leaders of the Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) programme have thus emphasised the urgent need for more detailed and nuanced understandings of urban risk in Africa and how the nature and scale of these risks are shifting in the context of persistent poverty, urban growth and climate change ( These were some of the major issues discussed at the Urban ARK Inception Meeting in Cape Town (19-23 April 2015) and subsequent discussions during the programme’s Inception Period.

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Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

King’s Water past and present will be helping shape the debate at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security again this year. In particular, one day is set aside to explore links between food, trade, land and water with a keynote speech from Prof Tony Allan. Dr Martin Keulertz will be exploring the implications of the ongoing debate on water accounting in the context of drylands. Including the debate on food value chains in the dialogue on land and security is intended to widen the perspective of the debate, and to make connections between governance and peacebuilding which have a particular relevance in many parts of Africa. In addition, Brendan Bromwich will be taking forward the discussion of a relationships-based perspective on peace-building, governance and policy change launched at last year’s dialogue.

Frances Cleaver visits UNESCO-IHE

A few weeks ago I made a visit to UNESCO-IHE the Institute for Water Education in Delft, the Netherlands. The Geography department at King’s has a partnership agreement with UNESCO-IHE, working particularly with colleagues who specialise in water governance and water management issues. As well as teaching a session to masters students on critical institutional perspectives, I took part in a discussion with Martin Gischler, Water Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Martin made a presentation on ‘How to incorporate complexity into policy making processes’. We then had a stimulating discussion on the challenges of achieving a balance between recognition of diversity and plurality of water governance in different contexts and the necessary simplifications and abstractions necessary to policy making, a subject I addressed in a paper written with Tom Franks for Water Alternatives: ‘Distilling or Diluting: Negotiating the Research policy interface’.

Professor Frances Cleaver, Head of the King’s Water Research Group