For a second year, CWS Japan is hosting the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network’s Innovation Hub. This year, in partnership with the London-based Humanitarian Innovation Fund and Seeds India, the Hub’s focus is on promoting grassroots disaster management innovation in India. A new initiative is now under way to help the country address some of its myriad water management challenges.
India, like many Asian countries, is increasingly and severely affected by recurrent floods on one end of the water risk spectrum and widespread drought at the other end. Hundreds of millions of people are now affected almost daily. So, needless to say, water management in all its complexity is a key national priority.
Together, CWS Japan, the Asian Disaster Network and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund have issued a call for ideas to help. In all, eight projects will be funded, and those who will implement the projects with join hands-on innovation management workshops and have ongoing mentoring for success during 2019-2020. Following an October 2019 Training of Trainers, facilitated workshops are planned in December 2019 and in February 2020. Between workshops and coaching, the teams who are leading the selected innovation initiatives will increase and improve their analytic skills and tools. They will also join together for idealization, partnership-building, resource mobilization and innovation management tips.
At the India projects’ end, results, lessons learned and recommendations for refinements, adaptation and expansion will be shared with stakeholders regionally and worldwide as concerted effort to manage emerging water management issues, and crises, continues.
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