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44th Biannual research and training workshop

About the workshop

As a part of its research capacity and academic leadership development activities, SANDEE is holding its 44th Biannual research and training workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. SANDEE grantees and faculty advisors are expected to attend the workshop, where they will be reviewing the progress of the research under past SANDEE grants and developing an action plan for each project for the next six months. Researchers will have the opportunity to interact with mentors and peers for improving the quality of their research and developing their research capacity.

Shortlisted researchers, whose proposals have gone through peer review in the past months, will present to their peers and the SANDEE Faculty Advisors and defend their proposals for the SANDEE Research grants competition.

Participation in this workshop is by invitation only.



The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is an initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) under the regional programme on Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN). SANDEE is a research capacity and leadership building network that supports South Asian and Hindu Kush Himalaya researchers and institutions interested in the inter-connections between economic development, the environment, and the use of natural resources.


SANDEE-ICIMOD Karl-Göran Mäler Memorial Lecture (Winter 2022)

12 December 2022 | 09:00–11:00 (Nepal Standard Time)
Hybrid (ICIMOD, Kathmandu, and Zoom)




Gendered consequences of water scarcity


Sheetal Sekhri
Professor of Economics, University of Virginia

Sheetal Sekhri is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. A PhD holder from Brown University, Sekhri has written prolifically about water stress in India combining theoretical arguments with empirical evidence. Her pioneering research has explored the causes and consequences of water stress and examined the efficacy of water conservation and sustainability strategies and set forth an agenda for scholars to pursue. As a leading economist studying water in the developing world, she has won numerous grants and published in several frontier outlets including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and the Journal of Development Economics.

Abstract: Women in developing countries walk long distances to fetch water for meeting household drinking water needs. Water stress is increasing in many parts of the world. In conditions of heightened water stress and scarcity, women have to walk farther and spend longer time fetching water. This can increase the risk of violence faced by women. While current research has demonstrated that water scarcity, affecting billions of people especially in the developing world, can increase poverty and decrease agricultural productivity, evidence on gendered effects of water stress is limited. Drawing on current research on consequences of water scarcity for sexual violence faced by women in rural India, Sekhri’s talk will highlight the gendered consequences of water scarcity and the role policy can play to address it.




Atonu Rabbani

Atonu Rabbani is the Mushtaque Chowdhury Chair Professor in Health and Poverty at the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. Rabbani received his PhD from the University of Chicago and has been associated with SANDEE for the past several years at various capacities.

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