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The Centre realises that policymakers seldom have time to read scientific papers and books. Thus, to inform and sensitise policy-makers and general public, the Centre regularly contributes opinion pieces in major national and international media. In addition, views of the Centre are regularly published by media in terms of interviews, expert opinions and policy briefs.

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Implementing the human right to water

February 21, 2017

Policy Forum

On 23-24 February, the Pontifical Academy of the Vatican is bringing together some of the world’s leading water experts from different religions, theologians and development specialists to discuss water as a human right. Pope Francis himself will participate in this discussion.

Debating the real cost of drinking water

February 20, 2017


Singapore’s decision to raise water prices after 17 years is to be applauded. Studies show that pricing can affect behaviour, and there is strong evidence to suggest that under-priced or free water leads to very inefficient uses of water, including increased wastage.

Prof, no one is using your ideas: The declining relevance of academic journals

February 8, 2017

Policy Forum

When it comes to having an impact on public policy, papers published in academic journals hold very little sway. It’s time universities made their research and teaching efforts more relevant, write Jeffrey Funk and Asit K Biswas.

Hydropower Can Facilitate South Asian Growth and Collaboration

January 18, 2017

Brink Asia

If properly managed, energy cooperation could contribute to improved quality of life and development in Asia.

Hydro-powering regional development in India and Nepal

January 13, 2017

East Asia Forum

Socially and economically, the performance of the four northern Indian states (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh) collectively known as BIMARU (meaning ‘sick’ in Hindi) and neighbouring Nepal has left much to be desired. Together, they constitute one of the most deprived regions of the world. But tapping the region’s water resources may just quench its thirst for development.

Wasting away

January 13, 2017

China Daily

Food lost takes a heavy toll on natural resources as governments, food banks and recyclers strive to stop the rot.

Water: Societal changes boost systems innovation

January 7, 2017

The Straits Times

In the search first for sustainability, and later looking to build resilience, Singapore started encouraging out-of-the-box, creative thinking in all fields of water resources management decades ago.

Water as a weapon

December 23, 2016

Policy Forum

Over the centuries India’s water planning has improved incrementally whereas the drivers of water use have increased exponentially, making its water situation worsen steadily with time.

Bhutan and Nepal: two ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of Asia

December 21, 2016

The Conversation

In LDCs broadly, the percentage of people who live in extreme poverty has doubled to nearly 40% since 1990, population without access to basic services, such as water, has more than doubled, and two-thirds of people do not have electricity.

Influencing public policies and discourses: Roles of academia

December 20, 2016

APPS Policy Forum

This lecture focuses on why universities have failed so miserably in terms of influencing public discourses and debates as well as in the formulation of public policies. Some of the world’s most talented people are in the academia. Yet, academia seldom has much impact on what the world discusses or the policies that are formulated and then implemented in different fields and regions.

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