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Mr Christopher Ward


Honorary Research Fellow

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Biographical Details

Educated at Oxford, with a Masters degree in development economics, Christopher Ward worked for twenty four years in the World Bank, largely in the field of natural resource management and rural development in the Middle East and Africa. He has lived in Yemen, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Somalia, as well as Kenya, Madagascar and the USA. He is currently a consultant to the World Bank, DfID, the FAO, GTZ, KfW and other international organizations. His work at present is mainly on water resources management, with a focus on the Middle East, notably Yemen, Palestine and the Nile basin. His current writing and research interests include a monograph on water management in Yemen, conflict and water in the Middle East, and climate change in Yemen.


Ward C et al (2009): Assessment of Restrictions on Palestinian Water Sector Development.  April 2009.  World Bank, Washington DC

Ward C (2009): ‘Coping with water scarcity in Yemen: conflict and adaptation’, in Water in the Arab World ed. NV Jagannathan et al.  2009 World Bank, Washington DC

Ward C, D Mansfield, P Oldham and W Byrd (2008) Afghanistan: Economic Incentives and Development Initiatives to Reduce Opium Production,  February 2008.  World Bank/DFID

Ward C and N al-Aulaqi.  Yemen: Issues in Decentralized water management.  August 2008.  IDRC, Cairo.

C Ward et al (2008): Watershed Management Approaches, Policies, and Operations: Lessons for Scaling Up.  Water Sector Board Discussion Paper Series # 11. May 2008.  World Bank, Washington DC

C Ward et al (2007): Yemen’s Water Sector Reform Program – a Poverty and Social Impact Analysis.  October 2007.  World Bank/GTZ

Ward C et al (2006): Reengaging in Agricultural Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities.  Directions in Development.  Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank (2006)

Ward C et al (2006): Investment in Agricultural Water for Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan AfricaSynthesis Report of the Collaborative Group on Agricultural Water Management in sub-Saharan Africa.  World Bank and others, 2006

Ward C et al (2005): Shaping the future of water for agriculture: A sourcebook for investment in agricultural water management: overview and chapter summaries.  World Bank, 2005

Ward C and Byrd W (2004): Afghanistan’s opium drug economy.  Report SASPR-5. South Asia Working Paper Series, World Bank, Washington DC

Byrd W and Ward C (2004).  Drugs and Development in Afghanistan.  Social Development Papers, Conflict prevention and reconstruction.  Paper number 18, December 2004.  World Bank, Washington DC.

Ward C (2000): ‘Political Economy of Irrigation in Yemen’, in A. Dinar (ed.) The Political Economy of Water Pricing Reforms (2000).  Oxford University Press, London and New York.

Ward C et al (2005): Rural Finance in Afghanistan and the Challenge of the Opium Economy.  Report SASPR-9. South Asia Working Paper Series, World Bank, Washington DC July 2005

Ward C and Gatter P (2000): Qat in Yemen.  World Bank, Washington DC, 73 pp

Ward C (1998): Yemen, Agricultural Strategy Note.  Report no. 17973-YEM, World Bank, Washington DC, 104 pp.

Ward C and Moench M(1998): Yemen, Local Water Management in Rural Areas.  World Bank, Sana’a, 175 pp.

Ward C (1998): ‘Practical Responses to Extreme Groundwater Overdraft in Yemen’, in Yemen: the challenge of social, economic and democratic development.  University of Exeter, Centre for Arab Gulf Studies, Conference Proceedings, April 1-4, 1998

Ward C (1997): Yemen, Towards a Water Strategy, an Agenda for Action.  Report no. 15718-YEM, World Bank, Washington DC, 45 pp.

Ward C (1994): Iran, Services for Agriculture and Rural Development.  Report No. 11956, World Bank, Washington DC.  Volume 1 Main Report 67 pp, Volume II Detailed Annexes 259 pp

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