Socially-inclusive Responses to Climate Change Impacts on WASH (Timor-Leste)

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The Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS) is partnering with civil society organisations (CSOs) Plan International in Indonesia (YPII), Plan International Australia (PIA), WaterAid Timor-Leste and WaterAid Australia to conduct research to inform how the CSOs address the impacts of climate change on their Water for Women projects.

The research project draws from a range of climate change adaptation, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and gender and social inclusion concepts and on recent research approaches for assessing climate change.

This case study is based on applied research carried out by ISF-UTS, WaterAid Timor-Leste and FundasaunHafounTimor-Lorosa’e (FHTL) in Timor-Leste for four weeks in October 2019, with research activities carried out over two weeks in AsumanuSuku, LiquiçáMunicipality. Asumanuis a one location where WaterAid Timor-Leste is carrying out its Water for Women program Beyond Inclusion: Realising gender transformational change and sustainable wash systems.


Leahy, C., Kohlitz, J., Chong, J. (2020). Socially-inclusive Responses to Climate Change Impacts on WASH: Case Study in Asumanu, Liquiçá , Timor-Leste. Prepared for WaterAid Timor-Leste by ISFUTS.



Along with the above Case Study, ISF-UTS has also released a guidance note for their CSO partner:

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This Guidance Note provides activities and recommendations to WaterAid Timor-Leste for integrating considerations of climate change into its existing inclusive rural water service programming. The Guidance Note is one of the results of the Climate Change Response for Inclusive WASH research partnership between WaterAid Timor-Leste and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS). 

It provides guidance for practitioners and ideas for all.


Kohlitz, J., Leahy, C., Chong, J., Soares, D., Ximenes, A., Neave, E., Guterres, T., Antoni, A., Pereira, M., Barbosa, P., Gomes, C., Mascarinhas, L., Reis Mangalaes, A., Ximenes, S., do Carma, D., We king, E., da Costa, L., Amaral, J., Pereira, M., Sequeira, L., Alves, D., Moniz, N. & Gero, A. (2020). Climate change response for inclusive WASH: A guidance note for WaterAid Timor-Leste. Prepared by ISF­UTS for WaterAid Timor-Leste. 



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