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Gender equality, disability, and social inclusion in water modelling




ICIMOD Headquarters, Kathmandu

Date & Time

27 November 2023 to 28 November 2023

Organisers: ICIMOD, CSIRO

About the training

In collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia, ICIMOD is organising a training on Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) in water modelling.

Water models serve a crucial role in water development and management decision-making. These models, however, are developed based on certain assumptions and simplifications of the real world. It is paramount for the developers of these models to carefully consider GEDSI during model development and application. This enables us to make informed decisions that are inclusive of all members of society.

The training will explore contemporary concepts and techniques for integrating GEDSI into water models. The goal is to go beyond gender balance in water modelling and consider GEDSI throughout the modelling process, thus broadening the toolkit of water modellers.

The training primarily targets hydrologists, water resources engineers, water managers, and policymakers who use models extensively. Other stakeholders, such as those working in GEDSI, social science, community representation, agriculture, and disaster risk management, may also find the training helpful.


Learning objectives

  • Gain insight on the advantages of integrating GEDSI into your modelling approach to solve complex management challenges
  • Understand the potential perpetuation of disparities and biases of GEDSI-blind modelling on communities
  • Learn to consider GEDSI in modelling workflow, such as collecting GEDSI-disaggregated data, analysis, interpretation, model setup, scenario modelling, and reporting potential impact on GEDSI


Resource persons/facilitators

  • Shahriar Wahid, Principal Research Consultant, Water Security, CSIRO, Australia
  • Auro Almeida, Principal Research Scientist, Water Security, CSIRO, Australia
  • Susan Cuddy, Senior Experimental Scientist, Water Security, CSIRO, Australia
  • Dave Penton, Group Leader, Environment, CSIRO, Australia
  • Helen Johnson, Professor and GEDSI Specialist, Australia
  • Arun Shrestha, Strategic Group Lead, Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks, ICIMOD
  • Shiba Satyal Banskota, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Lead, ICIMOD
  • Aditya Bastola, GEDSI Specialist, Nepal



All timings are in Nepal Standard Time.

Time Programme
09:00 Registration
09:30 Opening session

  • Training introduction – Shahriar Wahid (5 Minutes)
  • Participants introduction – all (5 Minutes)
  • CSIRO Nepal project – Auro Almeida (5 Minutes)
  • CSIRO-ICIMOD collaboration – Arun Shrestha (5 Minutes)
  • Opening remarks – Pema Gyamtsho (5 Minutes)
  • Welcome remarks – Australian Embassy in Nepal (5 Minutes)
10:00 Group photo and tea
10:30 Session 1 – Understanding GEDSI and water modelling

  • Pre-training assessment outcome – Arun Shrestha (5 Minutes)
  • Water models – Arun Shrestha (30 Minutes)
  • Challenges to considering GEDSI in water modelling – Susan Cuddy/Shahriar Wahid (30 Minutes)
  • GEDSI-responsible water modelling workflow – Auro Almeida/Dave Penton (30 Minutes)
  • Q&A (15 Minutes)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session 2 – GEDSI terms and concepts

  • Introduction – Helen Johnson (5 Minutes)
  • Gender Concepts – Aditya Bastola and Helen Johnson (20 Minutes)
  • Exercise – Shiba Satyal Banskota and Aditya Bastola (40 Minutes)
  • Gender in day-to-day practice – Aditya Bastola (15 Minutes)
  • Q&A session (10 Minutes)
15:00 Tea
15:30 Group work 1 – Looking at basin-scale modelling differently

  • Group work introduction – Aditya Bastola (10 Minutes)
  • Group work – facilitators (Aditya Bastola/Shiba Satyal Banskota/Helen Johnson) (30 Minutes)
  • Group presentations (20 Minutes)
  • Q&A session (15 Minutes)
18:30 Dinner

Time Programme
09:15 Recap of Day 1 – Dave Penton/Rapporteurs
09:30 Session 3 – Strategies for considering GEDSI in modelling (part 1)

  • Problem definition, objectives, and scope, Q&A, and feedback – Susan Cuddy (30 Minutes)
  • Conceptualisation, data collection, model selection and setup, Q&A, and feedback – Shahriar Wahid (30 Minutes)
10:30 Tea
11:00 Session 4 Strategies for considering GEDSI in modelling (part 2)

  • Model calibration and validation – Arun Shrestha (40 Minutes)
  • Q&A and feedback (20 Minutes)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session 5 Strategies for considering GEDSI in modelling (part 3)

  • Scenario development – Shahriar Wahid/Auro Almeida
  • Solution identification –Shahriar Wahid/Helen Johnson
14:30 Tea
15:00 Group work 2 – GEDSI-responsible modelling

  • Group work introduction – Shahriar Wahid (10 Minutes)
  • Group work – Facilitators (Auro Almeida/Shahriar Wahid/Susan Cuddy/Dave Penton/Arun Shrestha/Aditya Bastola/Helen Johnson) (30 Minutes)
  • Group presentations (20 Minutes)
16:30 Closing session

  • Post-training assessment – Arun Shrestha
  • Reflections on the training participants and the way forward
  • Certificate of participation –
  • Closing remarks – Auro Almeida/Arun Shrestha

Note: The sessions would contain lectures, discussions, quizzes, tips, experience sharing, demonstration of models, real-world case studies and further reading guidance. Participants may also be provided with leading questions for self-reflection.