Video On Demand

Water: Access, Livelihoods, and Security

September 12, 2023 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), for an in-person discussion that will serve as the culmination of a series of roundtables centered around water access and security. 

Around 26 percent of the global population lacks access to clean drinking water and around 30 percent of people lack access to water for basic sanitation. Climate change, the rise in global temperatures, and natural hazards like storms and flooding have all caused major damage to sanitation infrastructure in many places. Inequities in people’s socio-economic status further exacerbate access to clean water. Marginalized groups, such as religious minorities, migrants, and especially women, have lesser access to proper sanitation and clean water. There is also a dire lack of good water governance that has resulted in limited spending on water related issues. A lack of clean water access not only poses a major humanitarian issue but also becomes an international security concern by exacerbating conflict through its impact on economic growth and migration.

This event was made possible through the generous support of USAID.

Contact Information

Richard Crespin
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Project on Prosperity and Development
nancy eslick
Global Water Coordinator and Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator, USAID
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Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF)
Senior Program Officer, Safe Water, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation