Third World Centre for Water Management

Communications & Media

Communications & Media

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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In India, job creation the biggest issue in voters’ minds

April 11, 2019

The Conversation

Today 1 in 8 people in the world can vote in Indian election. An important concern of voters is job creation. India needs to create 1 million new jobs per month. See our analysis of potential to create new jobs and maintain existing ones.

Just feel good documents: Successive national water policies have had no impact whatsoever on India’s water management

March 22, 2019

The Times of India

Today is World Water Day. It is imperative that politicians and general public do some soul searching on the impacts of poor water management for decades on the country’s future social and economic development.

How to make water issues matter to world leaders

March 19, 2019

The Conversation

In December 1992, the UN General Assembly declared 22 March World Water Day, to be celebrated each year. With increasing populations and economic activities, many countries face water scarcity – which in turn limits their economic development.

Technology and robots will shake labour policies in Asia and the world

January 23, 2019

The Conversation

The automation of work – principally through robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT), collectively known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution – will provide an unprecedented boost to productivity and profit. It will also threaten the stability of low- and mid-skilled jobs in many developing and middle-income countries.

Teknologi dan robot akan guncang kebijakan ketenagakerjaan di Asia dan dunia

January 23, 2019

The Conversation

Di abad ke-21, pemerintah tidak bisa mengabaikan peran teknologi dalam mempengaruhi ketenagakerjaan dan stabilitas politik.

What Singapore can do to prepare for the next flood

January 8, 2019

Channel News Asia

Given the increasing intensity and frequency of storms, most developed countries are looking at how floods can be best mitigated since total control is neither possible nor desirable from an economic viewpoint. The question then arises as how best flood risks can be managed to protect both populations and assets.

Reflections on 40 years of Chinese reforms

December 27, 2018

The Business Times

ON Dec 18, 1978, the Communist Party of China (CPC) approved paramount leader Deng Xiaoping's historic plans for reform and opening up of China. It ended the planned economy of the country but maintained the primacy of the CPC. It effectively started a market-oriented reform. Deng opened up China's domestic market to foreign investment, thus unleashing an unstoppable economic force which ended decades of stagnation.

China’s reform moves forward in its own way: A force to reckon with thanks to reform

December 20, 2018

China Daily

China transformed itself from an inward-looking agrarian society to become the world's second-largest economy and an emerging superpower. The key to China's future sustainable development lies in continuous reform. For the 40th anniversary of China's reform, China Daily invited us to give our views on the country's transformation over this 40-year period.

Balancing the economy with the environment

December 3, 2018

China Daily

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. In 1978, about three-quarters of Chinese people lived in absolute poverty. By the end of this year, the corresponding figure is expected to be less than 1 percent-a rate of progress never seen in human history.

The underground cathedral protecting Tokyo from floods

November 29, 2018


Cecilia Tortajada recalls making her way down a long staircase and into of one of Japan’s engineering marvels, an enormous water tank that crowns Tokyo’s defences against flooding. When she finally reached the tank’s ground, she stood among the dozens of 500-tonne pillars supporting the ceiling. In the cavernous, shrine-like cistern, she felt humbled.

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