SaciWATERs-Cap-Net Network (SCaN)


Countries coveredIndia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives
Who we areSCaN comprises of autonomous regional and national institutions and individuals committed to building capacity of water professionals across South Asia. Established in 2009, SCaN has successfully initiated activities in collaboration with various national, regional and international organizations. Through its capacity-building activities, it has been able to reach a diverse group of stakeholders such as academics, researchers, policymakers, donors and implementers. Realizing the enormous demand for capacity building in the water sector across the region, SCaN plans to expand its activities manifold to further reach many more institutions and individuals. Over the years SCaN network has built a strong network with the country-level partners across South Asia. These partners further have their individual network partners who work very closely with the local communities. These network partners include stakeholders such as local governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, think tanks, and community-based organizations (CBOs). These stakeholders consult and discuss issues with each other at different levels at various forums including SCaN. These forums bring back local specific issues to the regional SCaN network – facilitating SCaN to develop appropriate strategies that could direct a positive change for the communities.   The network intends to -Facilitate network members to conduct capacity building programs in IWRM through partnerships; -Provide network members with a platform for sharing skills, expertise and resources to strengthen and enhance their efforts and impacts in IWRM; -Expand multidisciplinary knowledge base in IWRM and its reach in the water sector.  
Network highlights, achievements-The regional network, together with a number of partner organization like implementers, governments, funders, companies, educational institutes and development institutions has organized around 30 training programs on topics such as research methods for interdisciplinary water research; gender, water and equity, sustainable WASH practices, understanding and resolving water conflicts, etc. -Over a decade, through its capacity-building activities, SCaN has been able to reach to 1645 individuals from a diverse background in the water sector across South Asia. The entire region has an enormous demand for capacity building in the water sector. -SCaN has contributed to developing a training manual on ‘Drought risk reduction in Integrated Water Resources Management’ with the purpose of capacity development for resilience and mitigating the immediate risks and impacts of drought on water resources.  
PartnershipsThe regional network has more than 150 individual and around 50 institutional active partners. The partnership of SCaN is diverse in terms of geographical location, capacity, as well as organizational aim. In partnership with like-minded organizations, the network is trying to unlock barriers, increasing the impact through knowledge-sharing, and advancing an agenda to expand the network activities. SCaN with its vision to strengthen human and institutional capacity in IWRM across South Asia has identified the broad key focus areas for partnership: groundwater management, transboundary river management, safe drinking water, sustainable sanitation, health and water management, agriculture, climate change adaptation and resilience building, gender, coastal management, himalayan water management.  
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