Current status: Accepting new applications on Global Health for Germany before 29 March 2017

748 million people in the world lack access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.5 billion people live without basic sanitation facilities.

Stealing, limiting, disrupting or interfering local communities access to water, poor water management, unsustainable farming have one thing in common: these are act of WaterGrabbing.

By WaterGrabbing we define the lack of water sovereignty and the limitation of open and fair access to water that lead to malnutrition, health and hygiene problems, insufficient water for small scale farming, leading to conflict and migrations.

The high-quality journalism project look at 5 examples that involves local communities and large scale project, such as dam, military reserves, privatization project, poor water management in agriculture and climate change resilience.

We want to both show positive and negatives projects and approaches to open a candid debate about the issue and show that water management can be done in a socially and environmentally sustainable way. This will both involve private, public and cooperation projects.

We will look into 5 countries.

  • Ghana, where, following the privatization of the management of the public company of urban water supply, water fees skyrocketed to one fifth of families' basic income, thus condemning many to fetch water from unhealthy puddles. How can it be reversed?
  • Africa: Best practices for water resilience and the issue of dams. How can be done in a sustainable way? What can be done to improve project management? How to limit #Watergrabbing?
  • Cambodia: The country is affected by a serious water stress, due to unsuitable water practices. Which private companies and from where are they from? What cooperation project are proposing? What are the most effective strategy to adopt.
  • Nepal/India. Climate change is modifying weather patterns. Which large scale cooperation and sustainable project are in place? Which positive role can play the private system? How watergrabbing can be avoided with future water shock?

A new global project that requires a carefully crafted cross platform strategy, an “opera totale”. WaterGrabbing will be composed of

multimedia publishing strategy online and print,

  • a Watergrabbing Map Atlas to depict global data and scenario,
  • a VR experience (with short 360° video, to immerse reader in the context (river, a dam, agricultural, field a village),
  • a print photo exhibition (that can be showcase in multiple location)
  • a symbolic event to promote the stories (see IMPACTS)

Project information

  • Locations
    Ghana, Cambodia, India, Nepal
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Release date
    March 2017
  • Budget
    € 21000