News and Updates
Senator Durbin and Water Insecurity
December 14, 2022
Sera Young and colleagues spent a Friday afternoon with Senator Richard Durbin and his staff to discuss water insecurity. It is wonderful to see that the Senator is committed to water security for all, both domestically and internationally.
Water Insecurity is Stressing Mental Health
November 17, 2022
Axios highlighted a new study by Sera Young that investigates who experiences the highest rates of water insecurity in 31 countries by going beyond "measuring water in terms of what we can touch ... to measuring individual experiences."
New Lancet Planetary Health Study Published
November 10, 2022
The Lancet Lancet Planetary Health published a study with data describing experiences of water insecurity among half the world’s population using the IWISE Scale. See the accompanying policy brief to learn about the surprising findings related to gender and urbanicity.
UNC Water and Health Meeting
October 24, 2022
The WISE Scales were well-represented at UNC Water and Health Conference in October; the session on the use of the scales generated enormous enthusiasm across academics and practitioners.
The IWISE-4 is Valid, Reliable, and Cross-Country Equivalent
September 12, 2022
WISE Scales Featured at World Water Week
August 1, 2022
The WISE Scales were featured in three different panels during Stockholm World Water Week. Videos of these sessions will be posted online soon.
Brazilian Research Network on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security Adds HWISE Scale to Survey
July 12, 2022
The Brazilian Research Network on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security added the HWISE Scale to their nationally representative survey of food insecurity and COVID. Face-to-face surveys were done with 12,745 households from November 2021–April 2022. Initial results can be found here.
Experiences with Water Insecurity Need Measured in Clinics, Schools, and Prisons
June 20, 2022
Experiences with water insecurity need measured in clinics, schools, and prisons, too! WISE researchers are collaborating with Helvetas
and the Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium
to review tools for measuring experiences with WASH in institutions, with an eye towards creating a short, reliable, validated, and equivalent tool. Check out their blog post here
New Research Shows that Food Insecurity and Water Insecurity are Connected
May 9, 2022
Results of a 25-country study led by UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Northwestern University, and University of South Carolina show
that individuals who are food insecure are much more likely to be water insecure, even after controlling for known confounders. These findings were presented at an IFAD conference in Rome and at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting.
Sera Young Discusses Water Insecurity with Indonesian Delegation
May 1, 2022
Sera Young met with Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, to discuss the WISE Scales when his delegation visited Northwestern University.
IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Highlights the Value of Measuring Water Insecurity
April 4, 2022
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report highlighted
the value of experiential measures of water insecurity.
WISE Scales Featured at 9th World Water Forum
March 14, 2022
The WISE Scales have been selected by the World Water Council to be featured at the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
HWISE Implemented in Mexican Homes to Capture Data on Water Insecurity
March 7, 2022
The HWISE Scale has been implemented in approximately 12,000 households as part of the Government of Mexico’s 2021 National Health and Nutrition Survey (ENSANUT). These data will give unprecedented insights into how water insecurity is associated with a range of health and nutrition outcomes.
Water Insecurity in Mexico
February 16, 2022
In collaboration with Iberoamericana University, Yale, Acción Ciudadana Frente a la Pobreza, and others, the HWISE Scale was implemented in a nationally representative survey in Mexico in October 2021, and revealed that 32% of households were water insecure (IWISE score of 12 or higher). This story was covered by the leading Mexico City newspaper. The press release, at which the president the president of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) spoke, is found here.
HWISE in Mongolia
December 6, 2021
UNICEF’s MICS-Plus survey has implemented HWISE in Mongolia. Stay tuned for its implementation in other countries!
Cairo Water Week
November 28, 2021
The WISE Scales were featured at a panel
at Cairo World Water Week sponsored by UNESCO.
Deep Dive on Water
November 18, 2021
Sera Young joins Josina Morita, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Cook County, Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation and others to discuss water insecurity and the WISE Scales on WNYC. Listen to the interview.
2021 Water & Health Conference
October 7, 2021
In a session at the UNC Water and Health conference, Sera Young offered one of the first glimpses into experiences of water insecurity in half the world’s population.
Individual Water Insecurity Experiences Scale
October 6, 2021
The Individual Water Insecurity Experiences Scale is published
! The IWISE Scale is a modified version of the HWISE Scale, that permits disaggregation of experiences by gender, age, and other socio-demographic characteristics.
UN World Data Forum
October 5, 2021
In a panel at the UN World Data Forum
with members from the World Meteorological Organization, World Bank, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and the renowned French author Erik Orsenna, Sera Young discussed the sustainability of water data, and the importance of bringing a human voice to the water sector.
Mexico Implements HWISE Scale
September 15, 2021
The HWISE Scale is being implemented by Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública in the National Nutrition Survey in Mexico (ENSANUT). These data will provide important insights into the association between experiences of water insecurity and food insecurity, nutrition and maternal and child health throughout Mexico.
World Water Week 2021
August 27, 2021
During World Water Week, hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute, Sera Young joined Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General of FAO and Julián Suarez, Vice President of Sustainable Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) to speak about solutions to address water insecurity and how the WISE Scales can be an effective tool to measure access to water. She also spoke in a session on digital water tech and innovative digital solutions to address water insecurity.
UNICEF Implements HWISE Scale in Survey
August 9, 2021
UNICEF is implementing the HWISE Scale in several Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) countries! Data should be available in a few months.
HWISE-4 Implemented in Zone of Influence Surveys
July 3, 2021
USAID’s flagship project, Feed the Future, has encouraged priority countries to implement the HWISE-4 in all Zone of Influence surveys
. This means we will have a lot of data on water and food insecurity in the next couple of years!
Water Security and Nutrition
July 1, 2021
Josh Miller led a review, published in Advances in Nutrition, which nicely explains how water security creates a better environment for good nutrition. Watch on YouTube.
Filling the Data Gaps on Water Poverty with Sera Young
July 1, 2021
Sera Young discussed the need for experiential data on water insecurity on The Stream, a podcast with Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg. Listen to the interview.
Why Measuring Water Access is Key for Effective Food Policy
June 1, 2021
Sera Young laid out five key implications of measuring water security for food security in this perspective in the journal Food Policy, and the study was shared in briefings across USAID.
Happy news that the WISE Scales will be featured in a session at UN World Data Forum in Bern in early October.
What's Really in Your Water?
May 2, 2021