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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Roger Calow
Roger Calow

Roger Calow

Head of Programme, Water Policy

Roger Calow is Head of ODI's Water Policy Programme and an Honorary Research Associate at the British Geological Survey. Roger has over 20 years’ experience on international research and development projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and has worked for over 2 years in China on irrigation management and rights reform with the Ministry of Water Resources and provincial government.

Roger has a detailed knowledge of water resource management, service delivery and water and poverty issues in developing countries, and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, Cardno Acil Australia, DFID, the FAO and UNESCO. He is an author of several books and numerous journal articles, and has given invited presentations at the Royal Society in London, and the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and California.

Roger leads an interdisciplinary team of 8 staff spanning the physical and social sciences, and was Director of the DFID-funded RiPPLE programme in Ethiopia. Countries of work experience include Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, China, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Palestine.

Roger Calow

World Water Day theme ignores the ‘nuts and bolts’ of progress

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 21 March 2014

​I sometimes wonder whether we’re re-living past debates on water and dressing them up in fancy new clothes.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day: the water, energy and land nexus.     

I can’t argue with the principle: we need to recognise the links between energy, land and water investments, as action in one area can have spillover effects in others. 

Rural water supply corruption in Ethiopia

Publication - Books or book chapters - 3 September 2013
Roger Calow, Alan MacDonald, Piers Cross
For decades, corruption in Ethiopia has been discussed only at the margins. Perhaps because many have not experienced corruption as a significant constraint to their lives and businesses, or perhaps because a culture of circumspection has dampened open dialogue, Ethiopia has seen neither the information flows nor the debate on corruption that most other countries have seen in recent years. This chapter 4 focuses on rural water supply corruption in 'Diagnosing corruption in Ethiopia : perceptions, realities, and the way forward for key sectors'.
East Africa Food crisis - Water point in Ethiopia
East Africa Food crisis - Water point in Ethiopia

License: Creative Commons
Credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam
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Building adaptive water resource management in Ethiopia

Projects - July 2013 to July 2014
This project, led by ODI together with the Ministry of Water and Energy, will develop and pilot a new tool to assess functions and capacities for adaptive water resource management. The objective is to strengthen water resources management in the context of rapidly growing and competing demands for water, climate change, and growing threats to water availability, quality and the environmental services that poorer people depend on.


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