- Reseach project
- – Western Pacific
We host or are involved in a number of events and conferences each year. We also host and lead events for the Queensland Water Modelling Network.
Sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs and interventions require more than access to the appropriate technology and services – they require those facilities to be adopted and used appropriately. Historically, the WASH sector has focused on the delivery of infrastructure solutions without really understanding the end users are consumers with experiences, attitudes and preferences, often leading to major infrastructure investments that do not achieve the intended health and wellbeing outcomes. As a Senior Project Officer at the International WaterCentre, Diana Gonzalez Botero works on projects focusing on M&E, applied research, and capacity development of water sector practitioners in Pacific island countries. Her applied research work consists in designing and conducting research in communities and schools and translating findings into practical actions for practitioners and stakeholders. Her work involves traveling to different Pacific island countries, where she works closely with local partners, providing training and supporting the work they do. REGISTER HERE
Donors increasingly require projects to integrate an ethical focus on gender equity and social inclusion (GESI). A focus on GESI reveals existing power imbalances within social relationships. When imbalances are recognised, projects can be designed to improve the ability, opportunity and dignity of people who are disadvantaged on the basis of their identity. The integration of a GESI focus is crucial for successful, effective projects and long-term sustainable development; Sustainable Development Goal 5 specifies the importance of addressing gender inequality (SDG5). Professor Helen Johnson has over 35 years’ experience in social science, gender studies, anthropology and cultural heritage. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Monash University and is currently a Professor at The University of Sassari in Italy, and The University of Bonn in Germany. She has written and edited numerous publications on women and gender, gender impact assessment, gender and cultural diversity, and gender issues in international development, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific Region. REGISTER HERE