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Peter Newborne

Senior Research Associate

Climate and Sustainability

Portrait of Peter Newborne

As a Senior Research Associate, Peter Newborne is a part-time (self-employed) member of the ODI water team, carrying out research studies, programme evaluations and advisory assignments on water policy and practice, including environmental and social sustainability aspects.

Examples of areas on which he has worked are:-
- dams and hydraulic infrastructures: evolution of international environmental and social policies and sustainability practice; hydropower and the water-energy nexus;
- progress made by water utilities in water supply and sanitation in fast-growing African cities;
- flood risk management in Honduras, in the context of growing climate change-related flood risks;
- evaluation of progress made by the Colombian Ministry of Environment against performance targets;
- water rights: legal forms governing access to water services and allocation of water resources;
- review and ’refresh’ of the Environment Agency’s International Programme - the programme leader reported one year later that: «Your recommendations are guiding a new phase of our activities».
- chairing/facilitation of meetings and events in Spanish (Colombia, Honduras, Mexico), French (Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo), and English (Ethiopia, Kenya and UK).

Peter trained and worked for 10 years with premier firms in commercial law/contracting, acting for private and public clients in the engineering, energy, transport and financial sectors - contract drafting and dispute-resolution.

Peter is a fluent French and Spanish speaker.

  1. Water and the GATS: Mapping the Trade - Development Interface

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Towards better integration of water and sanitation in PRSPs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Uganda, Malawi and Zambia

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Implementation of Water Supply & Sanitation Programmes under PRSPs: Synthesis of research findings from sub-Saharan Africa

    Research reports

  4. Right to Water: Legal Forms, Political Channels

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. From Plan to Action: Water Supply and Sanitation for the Poor in Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Water and Poverty Reduction for the “Water, Poverty and Development” project of WWF Living Waters

    Research reports

  7. Background Information on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and the Water Sector

    Working papers

  8. The Factors behind the Poor Integration of the Water and Sanitation Sector in PRSPs in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Research reports

  9. Problèmes sociaux liés à la distribution et à la tarification de l'eau

    Book/book chapter

  10. Social Issues in the Provision and Pricing of Water Services

    Book/book chapter

  11. Poverty Reduction and Water: 'Watsan and PRSPs' in sub-Saharan Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Water and Sanitation, Poverty Reduction Strategies - Regional Workshop


  13. Making the Case for Water: A Review of Poverty Reduction Strategies (‘PRSPs’) in Ten Countries - in Africa, Asia and Latin America

    Research reports