Water is essential for both life and livelihoods and plays a crucial role in combating poverty and environmental degradation.

Despite this, one third of the world’s population face water shortages, a figure that is expected to rise to two thirds by 2025.

Progressio’s water focus stems from our long-standing work with partner organisations on small-scale farming. This means that our advocacy work primarily focuses on the water needed for poor people to sustain a livelihood through farming, including management and governance issues.

Water is life

We believe that poor and marginalised people must have more of a say in water management so they can get fair and sustainable access to the water they need for their livelihoods.

Our development workers are supporting partner organisations to make this a reality on the ground - such as through our 'Food for a better future' project in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. As farmers in Haiti repeatedly tell us (in Creole): 'Dlo se lavi' - water is life.

Waterproofing development

Our policy and advocacy work aims to bring the voices of these people and communities to the policy table. And we back this up by trying to change minds and lives through our 'Waterproof' campaign.

Water and climate change

Water resources are expected to be particularly affected by climate change. Many poor people around the world are already suffering from unreliable or inaccessible water resources and climate change will make this worse.

Read more about water and climate change

Progressio works with partners and other organisations to raise awareness of water issues at the climate change negotiations and other relevant forums, including the particular impact on women. We also work to identify and advocate for sustainable solutions.

Read more about our climate change policy work

Virtual water and poverty

Virtual water refers to the full amount of water that is needed to produce something, including water that isn’t necessarily visible in the final product – hence the term ‘virtual’. There is an urgent need for the world to better understand the true impact of virtual water and water footprints, including the impact on the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

Read more about virtual water and poverty

And why not take a look at some of our blogs about water?