Clean Water, Human Health and Sustainable Development (2008-2012, updates here)


Raila Odinga, Kenyan Prime Minister. Africa: a Continent in Transition. 24 September, 2009. Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge.

The Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, visited the Harvard Kennedy School along with a delegation including John Michuki, Minister of the Environment and Mineral Resources, and Crispus Kiamba, Permanent Secretary at the Minstry of Education, of Kenya. Members of the delegation had opportunities to meet with researchers at the Center for International Development community, including one-on-one meetings with affiliates of the Sustainability Science Program. The Prime Minister and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education attended a meeting with a group of CID and MIT Jameel Poverty Action Lab researchers to present results from randomized impact evaluations of interventions evaluated in Kenya. Results from several studies that are part of the Point-of-Use project were presented at this meeting and were well received. The Prime Minister as well as other senior members of the Kenyan Government have been influential in generating support for chlorine dispensers in Kenya.

Water and Human Well-being. Executive Session on Grand Challenges of the Sustainability Transition. 20-21 July, 2009, Venice International University, Venice, Italy.

The executive session on Water and Human Well-being, led by Prof. Michael Kremer, Alix Zwane at the Gates Foundation, and Azzam Alwash at Nature Iraq, was held July 20-21, 2009, and hosted by Prof. Ignazio Musu at Venice International University, San Servolo, Venice. This forum created a unique space for dialog between practitioners and policymakers to interact with researchers from public health, epidemiology, economics, and other disciplines to move beyond the truism that "water is life" towards actionable solutions for making water a force for improved human health and wellbeing in the development agenda. A central focus of the discussion was sharing new evidence from applied research on game-changing technologies and human behavior that affect environmental health outcomes. A second area of discussion was strategies to move beyond promising pilot projects to scalable programs: public, private, and integrated approaches. This provided an opportunity to begin exploring the links between sustainability and scale, and was a step toward providing policy makers an explicit opportunity to help shape the research agenda of leading biomedical and social scientists working at the intersection of water and health.

Scaling-Up Distribution of Water Treatment Technologies in Developing Countries. 12 December 2008, Harvard University.

Water, Pollution and the Environment. 27 October 2007. Northeast Universities Development Consortium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

The Impact of the Global Water Crisis on Health and Human Development. 11 May, 2007. Symposium sponsored by The International Science and Health Network, in collaboration with Harvard, Integrated Life Sciences, Harvard Initiative for Global Health, and the Center for International Development. Speaker list.