Downstream Dialogue

Today's environmental and social challenges require more than technical fixes; good governance is widely recognized as essential to sustainable and inclusive development across all sectors.

Downstream Dialogue is about bringing governance challenges to the forefront, and shedding light on the abundance of institutional, legal and political arrangements that exist to help communities manage and share natural resources. It is equally about identifying the institutional conditions that constrain sustainable development, and working with stakeholders to design credible governance structures that compensate for – not reinforce – the inherently human limitation to plan for the long term.read more


An even less convenient truth: climate change means more refugees

February 3rd, 2017 by Laura Turley

We’ve been hearing a lot about refugees, and a lot about climate change. But something I find alarming is how seldom we hear about them in the same train of thought. The reality is that rich countries in the Northern hemisphere will experience climate change, in large part, as...


Clinton & Trump on rivers and water in the global development agenda

November 8th, 2016 by Laura Turley

By Laura Turley, Originally published by The Source Water and development professionals may wonder What U.S. foreign assistance can we expect from the next White House occupant? Anecdotal and corroborated evidence suggest how the candidates might respond. A Democrat win would build on Obama Administration development programs, such as...


Domestic Insecurity: The next U.S. President inherits a nation with troubled waters

August 3rd, 2016 by Laura Turley

Originally published by The Source 03/08/2016  Droughts. Deluge. Hurricanes. Mudslides. Ice Storms. Americans are getting to know extreme hydrological events. Republican’s nominated Donald Trump and Democrats chose Hillary Clinton, but how will each cope as a volatile climate brings too little or too much water? By Laura Turley As the...


Pathways to water security in a transaction costs world

May 16th, 2016 by Laura Turley

Originally published by Global Water Forum 16.05.2016 Water crises are regularly described as governance crises, and governance is not cheap due to transaction costs. Largely hidden from view, transaction costs have been described as the ‘economic equivalent of friction’ by Nobel Laureate Oliver Williamson. Understanding transaction costs, their drivers...