CPR in partnership with The Asia Foundation (TAF) is part of the Australian government initiative – the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP). The SDIP’s goal is to improve water-energy-food security in South Asia, focusing on the poor and vulnerable groups in the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra river basins. The initiative’s key strategies include engaging with in-country institutional structures and building critical knowledge bases to improve regional cooperation over transboundary rivers in South Asia.

SINets, supported by SDIP, engages with transboundary waters policy and governance issues along three axes of interest: (a) scale – explore scalar dynamics of transboundary governance in Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra river basins; (b) institutions – institutional models for transboundary river cooperation over interstate rivers; (c) networks – engage with state and civic society networks on issues related to transboundary governance challenges.

In its second phase (SINets II), the project focuses on the scalar dimension of transboundary governance. It explores how interstate state river water governance challenges shape and influence international transboundary issues in Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra basins.