With the onset of climate change and a population explosion, almost doubling Egypt’s citizen count since the 1990s, Egypt has been steadily approaching a dire water crisis. This crisis has led to concerns regarding food production and crop productivity, and concerns that the country will run out of water by 2025, putting millions of lives at risk. This water crisis has largely come as a result of excessive watering and wasteful irrigation techniques.
I believe that collaborative partnership with an organisation based in Egypt would be the most effective way of facilitating genuine change with regards to the water crisis. After engaging in some research, I was able to find the WATER SUM Project – an organisation with (excuse the pun) water innovation on tap. The WATER SUM Project primarily addresses water-related challenges; in the case of Egypt, its inefficient irrigation techniques. The overall goal of project is to “reinforce integrated water resources management and regional cooperation on water-related issues“.
I believe that working with such an organisation would help facilitate meaningful international engagement with the Egyptian water crisis, rather than providing unproductive or surface-level aid. WATER SUM has a much more in-depth knowledge of the workings of Egypt’s water crisis, and providing help through a knowledgable organisation would thus be a much more efficient contribution to the solution.
As an Economics and Finance student, I think I could tailor my particular skills towards the financial side of integrating new, more efficient irrigation and watering techniques. This could involve budgeting for communities who are implementing the new technology, and finding the most cost-effective ways of helping workers transition their skills to suit WATER SUM’s solution.