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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


Arun B Shrestha, ICIMOD & Shahriar Wahid, CSIRO

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
  • 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
09:15 Opening session

Training introduction – Shahriar Wahid

CSIRO Nepal project – Auro Almeida

CSIRO-ICIMOD collaboration – Arun Shrestha

Opening remarks – ICIMOD

Welcome remarks – Australian Embassy in Nepal

10:00 Group photo and tea
10:30 Pre-training assessment

Session 1

Understanding participants’ perceptions of GEDSI and water models [1]Arun Shrestha

Water models – Arun Shrestha

Challenges to considering GEDSI in water modelling – Susan Cuddy/Shahriar Wahid

GEDSI-responsible water modelling workflow – Auro Almeida/Arun Shrestha

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session 2

GEDSI terms and concepts – Aditya Bastola and Helen Johnson

15:00 Tea
15:30 Group work 1

Looking at basin-scale modelling differently – Auro Almeida/Shahriar Wahid/Susan Cuddy/Arun Shrestha/Aditya Bastola/Helen Johnson

[1] The sessions will 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.

Time Programme
09:00 Recap of Day 1 – Shahriar Wahid
09:15 Session 3

Problem definition, objectives, and scope – Susan Cuddy

Conceptualisation, data collection, model selection and setup – Shahriar Wahid

10:30 Tea
11:00 Session 4

Model calibration and validation – Arun Shrestha

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session 5

Scenario development – Shahriar Wahid and Auro Almeida

Solution identification –Shahriar Wahid and Helen Johnson

14:30 Tea
15:00 Group work 2

GEDSI-responsible modelling – Auro Almeida/Shahriar Wahid/Susan Cuddy/Arun Shrestha/Aditya Bastola/Helen Johnson

16:30 Closing session

Post-training assessment – ICIMOD

Reflections on the training participants and the way forward

Certificate of participation (ICIMOD to develop)

Closing remarks – Auro Almeida/Arun Shrestha