International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. It is headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future.

IWMI’s Mission is to provide evidence-based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, people’s livelihoods and the environment.

IWMI’s Vision, as reflected in the Strategy 2014-2018, is ‘a water-secure world’. IWMI targets water and land management challenges faced by poor communities in the developing countries, and through this contributes towards the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty and hunger, and maintaining a sustainable environment. These are also the goals of CGIAR.

IWMI works through collaborative research with many partners in the North and South, and targets policymakers, development agencies, individual farmers and private sector organizations.

IWMI’s aim in Southeast Asia is to improve the productivity of water and land resources in the region’s river basins for sustainable livelihoods, food and environmental security.

To its partnerships in Southeast Asia, IWMI brings more than 15 years of experience in dealing with land and water issues across the developing world. All research outputs are freely available to those working in the water and development sectors.

The availability and access to water will be the pre-eminent issues affecting global economic development and the livelihoods of the poor, given that they often marginalized and suffer the most when resources are scarce. Southeast Asia is not isolated from these drivers and hence will need to address these issues as economies emerge from developing to developed.