Accession Number : AD1038668

Title :   Weekend Warriors for Water: Combating Water Scarcity in West Africa with United States Army National Guard and Reserve Forces

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Durham, Mary J

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Report Date : 09 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : Water scarcity is a significant problem in across the globe, as expanding populations put mounting pressure on already strained critical resources. The U.S. has spent billions of dollars to alleviate water issues in West Africa and promote sustainable development. However, water scarcity continues to present overwhelming challenges that impact the health and development of West African nations. Influencing these areas requires a multi-pronged approach that relies heavily on capability and capacity development programs. Agencies that spearhead these projects must understand the operational environment of West Africa, have access to knowledgeable personnel with specific skill sets, and be capable of working with a variety of organizations to develop long-term partnerships. The Army Reserve Component (RC) may have the technical expertise and capacity to develop beneficial partnerships with West Africa to alleviate water scarcity, if it is leveraged appropriately.

Descriptors :   humanitarian assistance , international law , intergovernmental organizations , drainage basins , international relations , environmental protection , united states africa command , water resources , economic development , west Africa , national guard , military forces (united states)

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE