Urban and National Renewal

Sometimes there are social structures in place which make access to clean water and sanitation more challenging than simply installing a well.  There could be disputes over control or ownership of a source.  It could be that the demands are just too great for the water table. Water may be allocated to a specific industry or portion on the population disproportionately.  These and many other kinds of problems can happen at local, national, and regional levels.

Even within the United States these problems arise in certain river basins and cities.  California and the Colorado River Basin are two of the best known examples, but a number of cities are struggling with high numbers of disconnects from their water systems for lack of payment.  As urban populations decrease and mean incomes decline in some regions the per capita costs rise, triggering a cascading series of catastrophic events for the most vulnerable, and for the cities themselves as they are further strained in demands for social services.

Global Water can work in each of these complex systems, helping each to find the solutions which will strengthen their ability to effectively govern and serve the needs of their population.  Our methods tend to defuse conflict, increase social cohesion and understanding, provide in depth assessments across multiple systems, and generate creative solutions for all sorts of development.

In order to work at the scale necessary to have meaningful impact Global Water usually partners with Sovereignty First www.sovereigntyfirst.com, Cooperative Capacity www.cooperativecapacity.com, and the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy www.imtd.org.