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Tune In: Water, Conflict and Peacebuilding Toolkit Launch

Water_distribution_in_Horn_of_AfricaThis afternoon from 3pm-5pm EST, the Woodrow Wilson Center will be launching a new toolkit on water, conflict and peacebuilding. The event will be webcast, so be sure to tune in for what is sure to be an interesting discussion (bringing much-needed nuance to the “water war” headlines). Below are the details for the event.

Join us for the launch of USAID’s Water and Conflict Toolkit for Programming, a document designed to help development practitioners gain a deeper understanding of the forces driving violence and instability related to water. Written by USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, the Wilson Center, and Group W Inc., the toolkit provides guidance to development professionals not familiar with water and conflict dynamics, with the aim of developing more strategic and focused interventions.

To discuss how the toolkit resonates with their experiences is a bevy of water experts: Gidon Bromberg, 2008 TIME Magazine Environmental Hero and two-time recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; Geoffrey Dabelko, Director of the Voinovich School’s Environmental Studies Program at Ohio University and Senior Advisor to ECSP; Chris Kosnik, director of USAID’s Office of Water and a long-time development practitioner; Sandra Ruckstuhl, co-author of the toolkit and development and conflict expert; and Aaron Wolf, a renowned expert on transboundary water resources and political conflict and cooperation.

Panelists will discuss what needs further investigation to inform this kind of programmatic strategy, the challenges in this field of study, and how the toolkit addresses those shortfalls.

Want to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast at WilsonCenter.org (not every event is webcast live; archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date).

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