Project Funding and Partners
The project is funded
The Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF). CPWF is aninternational, multi-institutional research initiative with a strong emphasis on partnerships,adaptive management and participation of stakeholders to manage water more equitably,efficiently and sustainably. It is the main funding source for the GBDC and the G3 project. TheCPWF aims to increase the resilience of social and ecological systems and focuses on the nexusbetween water, food and poverty in developing countries. In the last ten years of work, CPWF hasexperience in more than 68 projects carried out throughout the world including in the Andes,Ganges, Limpopo, Mekong, Nile and Volta river basins. CPWF sees the Ganges BDC presentingmajor opportunities to make a difference through good governance that may improve livelihoods,increase resilience to climate change and improve the productive uses of water. The following listconsists of research partners for the CPWF funded Ganges Basin Development Challenge researchproject titled G3; Water governance and community based management of polders in coastalBangladesh.
International Water Management Institute
IWMI has 25 years of experience of working on water governance and community basedmanagement of irrigation schemes, with a track record of working with multiple partners. IWMI isrecognized as a pioneer of research in Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) and ParticipatoryIrrigation Management (PIM). The recently concluded Ganges Basin Focal Project wasimplemented by IWMI in partnership with World Fish Centre and Bangladeshi organizations,where IWMI carried out studies on water, crop and fisheries in Bangladesh. In the GroundwaterGovernance in the Indo-Gangetic Basin project (CPWF PN42), IWMI looked at socio-economic andgovernance aspects of groundwater in saline affected Madaripur, Bangladesh. In early 2000s,IWMI had carried out a series of studies on adoption of small scale irrigation technologies (treadlepumps etc.) in Bangladesh. As a part of CPWF projects (PN 10), IWMI worked in partnership withIRRI in coastal saline water environments in Vietnam and Bangladesh, complementing ongoingprojects on evaluation of community action in irrigation and water management. IWMI is the leadinstitute for G3 and is responsible for coordinating the partners on the ground to ensure highquality research outputs on water and food.
Shushilan is an NGO established in 1991. It has implemented approximately 168 projects andthere are currently 33 projects running in the South-western coastal region of Bangladesh. Mostof these projects involve the use of various PRA and other tools such as Transect, FGD, SocialMapping, Key Informant Interview, Quick Census, Wealth Ranking, Small Surveys and producedSituation Analysis, Need Assessment, Beneficiary Identification, Baseline Survey and Evaluationreports. Such studies engaged multi-disciplinary teams combining experts in social sciences,geography, environment, statistics and development studies.
Shushilan’s activities to date has
concentrated on community mobilization aiming to reduce poverty, agricultural productivity