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The conflict over water resources in La Guajira in northeastern Colombia has been an issue in the region for many years. Many stakeholders and actors are involved, but the primary conflict is between those with mining interests and the people in the surrounding community. This report seeks to provide a greater understanding of the conflict in La Guajira through a threestep process: conflict diagnosis, conflict management, and conflict transformation. The conflict is identified as having structural and value-related causes, which...

The Rural Water Supply Network held the webinar "Increased Resource Mobilisation for rural WASH in Africa", where SWIM and Water Aid presented the impacts of governmental non-payment on the WASH financing landscape in rural areas based on the research conducted for the global advocacy campaign Government pay your water bills!. Find the complete presentation here:   https://vimeo.com/475459128   This session addressed a scarcely mentioned but globally prevalent issue: governmental non-payment of water bills. The result is the deprivation of water utilities of the indispensable resources...

Nowhere is the challenge of water security greater than in the Middle East, the world’s most water scarce region. Changing climatic conditions, population growth, mismanagement and corruption reinforce water shortages throughout the region and exacerbate the already tense security situation. Besides the apparent ecological and economic damages, these challenges also have social implications that pose an eminent national security threat of Middle Eastern countries. Water shortage and pollution sparked violent protests in Basra, Iraq in 2018, in which governmental buildings...

On the 25th of August 2020, SWIM had the opportunity to present the global research results on governmental non-payment of water bills at the campaign's launch during the Week on Water for Development - WW4D organized by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). This initiative of the Water Integrity Network (WIN) and End Water Poverty, in cooperation with SWIM, and with the support of GIZ, shed light on the impacts of governmental non-payment on the ability of water utilities to...