SEI Contact:

John Soussan

Poverty-Environment Partnerships (PEP)

The output of this project was a strategy paper for the Poverty Environment Partnership on poverty reduction and water management.

The paper presents a consensus position, after intensive consultations and the review of a wide range of case studies, conceptual materials and policy papers, on the potential contribution of water management to poverty reduction.

The paper considers all aspects of poverty, reflecting the analysis of water’s potential contribution to all of the MDGs, not just those that refer explicitly to water.

The paper sets out that water management is a good investment: not only does water management contribute to poverty reduction, but it can do so in ways that are affordable and, in many cases, generate wealth.

The paper concludes that where the right investments are made, wise water management reduces poverty problems by lowering health risks and the multiple vulnerabilities that the poor face. It also creates solutions and generates wealth by helping secure sustainable livelihoods and catalysing economic growth.

The result can be healthier, wealthier and more secure and confident people whose choices in life are greatly increased. If this happens, not only will the MDGs be reached (and often surpassed) but the foundations for continuing poverty reduction efforts beyond 2015 (to reach the 50% whose needs are not met by the MDGs) will be built through effective, sustainable and, above all, affordable solutions to the problems the world’s poorest people face.

Download report Linking Poverty Reduction to Water Management Paper