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  • Water Cooperation Quotient 2017

    Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) has developed the second edition of Water Cooperation Quotient (WCQ) which entails a methodology to quantify the extent and success of water cooperation between riparian nations through an extensive analysis of 146 countries, 286 transboundary watercourses as well as any cooperative arrangements (RBOs/RBCs) existing between these nations on water resources.

    “The Water Cooperation Quotient is an effective decision-making tool for water cooperation and a badly needed barometer for assessing risks of war; one that the InterAction Council urges be employed around the world to promote peace, ensure security and improve human and planetary health through cooperation over shared waters, now and in the future.” - Bertie Ahern, former Prime Minister of Ireland, and Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, co-chairs of the InterAction Council, stated in their Foreword to WCQ 2017.

    According to Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos Horta, "This report offers detailed and unassailable analysis on the risk of conflict and same time outlines possibilities for potential cooperation among the 146 countries that share transboundary rivers. The Water Cooperation Quotient is an effective conflict prevention and peace-making tool for water cooperation and it should be present on the mind and action of every decision-making authority around the world.”

  • The Blue Impact

    Strategic Foresight Group has launched a number of global and regional initiatives to use water as a force for peace. Through its pioneering endeavours in the field of water diplomacy, SFG has created impact at the global level, convening the first ever debate on water, peace and security in the United Nations Security Council and cooperating with the Government of Switzerland to establish the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace, co-convened by 15 countries, to recommend worldwide architecture for positive water and peace linkages. At the regional level, it has launched initiatives in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, collaborating with the Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation to conceive the Congo Basin Blue Fund and forming the Blue Peace Community of champions of trans-boundary water cooperation in the Middle East. The Blue Impact is a journey through SFG's work and accomplishments in water diplomacy thus far. 

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  • Lessons from the Learning Journeys
    In the last three years, Strategic Foresight Group had organised Learning Journeys for officials and experts from the Middle East to river basin organisations in different parts of the world. The objective of this exercise was to develop understanding about how different levels and various stages of trans-boundary water cooperation are achieved under different circumstances.

    The learning journeys were organised to Nile River Basin in Eastern Africa, Senegal River Basin in Western Africa, Mekong River Basin in East Asia and Rhine River Basin in Western Europe. 

    SFG had published a report of each learning journey at its conclusion. This publication, in a nutshell, summarises all the important lessons and observations that countries could adapt from those journeys.
  • Cost of Non-Cooperation on Water: Crisis of Survival in the Middle East

    Behind the dramatic pictures coming out of the Middle East are the hard facts of the cost of non-cooperation in the last 5 years. These facts provide evidence of the exact extent of the loss of crops, reduction in access to water, damage to infrastructure, impact on health and loss of livelihoods, and other realities of daily life. The purpose of this report is to provide the relevant facts and figures so that the seriousness of debate is not lost in mere rhetoric and emotions. Hard facts have also hidden in them hard options for possible solutions.

    These facts should convince governments, civil society, international organisations in the Middle East and those outside concerned about the region to reflect on the great tragedy that we invited on ourselves exactly at a time when the region was moving towards cooperation. It is still possible to reverse the direction of events in the Middle East and move back to the spirit of 2010. It is indeed essential to build on what was achieved in 2010 to foster cooperation in water, food and environment so that the region can finally begin its journey from deep crisis to stability and from stability to an era of peace and prosperity.

  • Big Questions of Our time: The World Speaks, 2016

    “If you had to pick one question that would be most significant for mankind in the twenty-first century, what would that question be?” This question was presented to thought leaders from all parts of the world.

    ‘Big Questions of Our Time: The World Speaks’ brings together 89 thought leaders in 44 countries in an effort to define our emerging future. They reflect on the dynamics between power and principles, risks of the next global war, consequences of growing inequity, future of human dignity, among other issues that challenge the present architecture of global governance.

    This unique collection of ideas and perspectives also includes SFG research and analysis projecting political power play in 2050 driven by the scientific and technological prowess of countries.

  • Blue Peace in the Middle East: Lessons Learnt, 2015

    This publication reviews the progress of the Blue Peace Initiative and draws lessons learnt thus far.

  • Women, Water and Peace: Crisis of Survival in the Middle East, 2015

    This is the third publication in the series on Crisis of Survival in the Middle East. This publication illustrates with live examples how the unfortunate nexus between water, violence, displacement, drought and women functions. Eminent women journalists and researchers from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have contributed chapters to this publication. The stories presented here are from real life, building on the theoretical analysis that we have provided in our earlier reports.

  • Why? A Case for Cooperation in the Middle East, 2015

    This paper asks, from nine different angles, the question - WHY should the governments of the Middle East cooperate with each other on water?

    The questions in the paper are derived from a large number of conversations with policy makers, opinion makers, experts and ordinary citizens of countries in the region. They underpin concerns of the people, and particularly the opinion making elite, in the Middle East. 



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