Water scarcity in parts of South and Central Asia are creating tensions within the region that may lead to worldwide instability. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Center for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) initiated this project funded by U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Lounsbery Foundation to develop people-to-people dialogue and mutual collaboration among faculty, students, government officials and community members in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan to address the critical issue of transboundary water issues that are creating increased conflict and insecurity in the region. The purpose of this project was to bring collective water management problems to a common floor for brainstorming and problem solving so that all perspectives may be discovered and addressed, from a scientific standpoint. UNO conducted workshops in Kabul, Islamabad and Dushanbe during which all five objectives were addressed. During the workshops, participants used sustained dialogue and conflict conciliation techniques to resolve regional water problems and develop ways to address the management of shared waters resources in the region.
CAS also developed distance-learning modules that are available to universities throughout the region. These modules are uploaded to CAS web portal and accessible in five languages, English, Pashto, Dari, Tajiki and Urdu.