The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, research-for-development organisation that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support the implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center whose mission is to provide water solutions for sustainable, climate-resilient development.
IWMI has an official presence in Central Asia since 2001 with the opening of a subregional office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. IWMI positions itself as principal research and knowledge partner in water resources management in the region. They collaborate closely with the ministries, local water management authorities, farmers, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), other CGIAR centers and donor-funded projects. In particular, IWMI’s research in the region focuses on identifying best practices for saving water, improving irrigation performance, reversing trends in land degradation and salinity, and contributing to the development of effective water resource institutions. Furthermore, IWMI’s research projects look to water-energy-food nexus linkages, improving water and energy use efficiency, enhancing transboundary cooperation as well as climate change projections in selected river basins, building capacity of water management professionals, evaluating impact assessment of the projects as well as river basin management planning and improving on-farm water accounting.