2013 Workshop (USA)

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A two-part workshop on Water and Climate Change in Africa was held on March 22 (Part 1) and 23 (Part 2), 2013, at Duke University. Each day brought together experts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to focus on a sub-theme of this broader topic: 1) Water, sanitation and health in Africa; and, 2) Water, food security and climate change.

Here is the Agenda for Water and Climate Change in Africa Workshop

View the Storify of the Twitter discussion for photos and talking points:


More specifically, the workshops addressed how climate change could affect water availability and quality in Africa and hence food security; how climate change will affect the long-term health impacts of rural communities as water availability and quality shift; what coping mechanisms communities have to deal with the health effects of inadequate water quality and climate change impacts; and how socio-political variables such as governance institutions and rules mediate food insecurity and health impacts. These workshops are also expected to generate knowledge about how water, health, and climate may be linked to development and poverty in Africa.

Presentation slides

March 22: Water, Sanitation, and Health in Africa

March 23: Water, Food Security, and Climate Change in Africa

Friday evening (March 22), a public screening of “Last Call at the Oasis” was held.

The event was sponsored by the Duke Provost’s Office, USAID, the Duke Africa Initiative, Nicholas School of the Environment, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke Global Health Institute, and Borderwork(s) Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute.