The International WaTERS Network (, with support of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, the NEPAD centers for excellence and other partners as identified at the bottom of this page, is proud to host an international workshop with focus on equity and water-related resilience in southern Africa. The workshop has several interrelated goals. First, we will aim to share and extend insights from the first phase of our research, specifically work that has focused on Cape Town. Second, we aim to engage more fully researchers and practitioners based in southern Africa, and to revisit themes and concepts in relation to other case study sites across the region. Third, the Network will focus on goal setting and grant writing for the next phase of its research program.

The workshop will begin by critically interrogating notions of resilience, highlighting definitions and framings from different disciplinary traditions, as well as insights from scholars and practitioners from the Global South. The second day will involve research presentations and facilitated small group conversations to map out further conceptual and methodological issues of importance for the development of a comparative research agenda on urban hydrological resilience in the Global South. Considerable attention during the first two days will be given to case study work to date in southern Africa (notably Cape Town). We will also solicit other contributions from researchers to extend the scope of the work throughout the SADC region. The third day will involve small group and plenary discussion of the Network’s next phase and drafting grant applications to extend this work. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the NEPAD Centers for Excellence on Water for southern Africa, as well as with colleagues from the University of Western Cape, University of Cape Town, and the NGO Environmental Monitoring Group.

The International WaTERS Network is a group of scholars who work on water equity, resilience, and governance issues in the Global South, with funding from a Canadian SSHRC Partnership development grant. During the first phase of this project, the Network has been conducting research in three case study sites (Cape Town, Lima and Bangalore), with a goal to identify opportunities for focused comparative and follow-on research. For more information please visit, or by contacting:


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Dr. Leila Harris