The FCDO funding will support the REACH programme to improve water security by delivering world-class science to transform policy and practice.
Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research & Evidence Division, at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office says, ‘More than ever, we recognise that water security - that is, ensuring sufficient quantity and quality of water for different uses with an acceptable level of risk - is critical to the health, well-being and prosperity of people. We know that the poorest, and most disadvantaged, often lack safe and affordable water to drink or wash their hands, and are hit hardest by extremes in weather.
'The REACH programme, led by the University of Oxford, has made advances in science, policy and practice to understand and address these inequalities for over two million people since 2015. I am delighted that the FCDO is supporting additional REACH work which will help deliver water security for 10 million poor people in Africa and Asia by 2024.’
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