What is Water for Women’s Learning Agenda?


Our Learning Agenda is the dynamic and interactive framework that links Fund partners and allows them to share and learn from one another. It promotes a shared interest in collaborative knowledge development and learning on climate-resilient, sustainable and inclusive WASH between all partners.

Water for Women is unique in its role as both an implementation and research Fund which contributes to regional and global understanding of best practice climate-resilient, inclusive development. 

By contributing evidence based approaches from Asia and the Pacific to fill gaps in climate-resilient research and knowledge, Water for Women provides guidance and practical examples of climate-resilient, inclusive development – both for WASH and related sectors – which in turn contributes to national and global development goals including Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) – Gender equality, SDG6 - water and sanitation for all, and resilience building targets such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UNFCCC


Extension phase Learning Agenda


Through learnings from implementation and research of climate-resilient, inclusive WASH projects in Asia and the Pacific from 2023 - 2024, Water for Women’s Learning Agenda is answering the following two overarching learning questions;

  1. What does climate resilient inclusive WASH development look like?
  2. How does inclusive WASH contribute to climate resilience? 

Under each over-arching question, a number of component sub-questions are currently being worked on by Water for Women Partners.

Three learning groups, comprised of both Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Research Organisations (ROs) are currently working on the first three questions (1.1-1.3).


1. What does climate-resilient, inclusive WASH development (CRIWD) look like?


1.1 How do WASH programs commonly understand climate risk and resilience? How can this be further developed to better inform the design of WASH interventions? 

A collaboration between The University of Technology Sydney's Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS-ISF) (co-lead), Plan International, iDE, World Vision, WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Water for Women's Fund Coordinator


1.2 How do WASH governance systems commonly integrate consideration of climate risks and resilience? How can this be further developed to help transition to climate-resilient, inclusive WASH development?

A collaboration between WaterAid (co-lead), International WaterCentre, Plan International, Internatonal Water Management Institute, Thrive Networks, World Vision, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, UTS-ISF Water for Women's Fund Coordinator


1.3 What does a climate-resilient WASH process that is truly inclusive look like? To what extent are inclusive processes considered important for achieving relevant, effective and equitable climate-resilient WASH?

A collaboration between WaterAid (co-lead), World Vision, iDE, UTS-ISF, LSHTM and Water for Women's Fund Coordinator


1.5 To what extent should (inclusive) climate-resilient WASH interventions focus on climate risk elements? In what circumstances are a greater or lesser emphasis on climate risk appropriate? And what are the implications of this for international financing of climate resilient WASH?

 Research on climate finance, a collaboration between Water for Women's Fund Coordinator and SAGANA.


2. How does inclusive WASH contribute to climate resilience? 


Learning Question 2 will be addressed in the final year of Water for Women (2024) as the process of answering Learning Question 1 will include important lessons for answering this question.



Learning Events and Exchanges

In addition to the Learning Group activities, there are also learning exchanges and events which contribute to our shared learning and answering of the above Learning Agenda questions.

These include country-based Learning Discussions’, regional ‘Learning Exchanges’ including external partners, the Pacific and Asia Learning Exchanges, and Fund-level advocacy and engagement in international fora such as SIWI World Water Week, Asia Pacific Climate WeekCOP28 and the 10th World Water Forum, in addition to regional and global days relating to climate and water.  

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First Phase Learning Agenda 2018 - 2022

The current Learning Agenda follows a comprehensive First Phase Learning Agenda from 2018 - 2022 which addressed many priority learning themes.



Our Learning Agenda has resulted in the publication of many collaboratively developed resources for the WASH sector, you can explore the latest publications via the button below.


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