Jordan is one of the world’s water-poorest countries. The demand for potable and productive water is ever increasing due to population growth, climate change, increasing numbers of refugees hosted by the country, as well as heightened demand from a...
Bezaiet Dessalegn is a social scientist with ICARDA’s Integrated Water and Land Management Research Program. She has over 15 years of experience in development with a focus on food security, agriculture and rural development, and mainstreaming gender in research.
Dessalegn currently manages the USAID-funded Water and Livelihoods Initiative, which operates in seven Middle Eastern countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank, Tunisia, and Yemen. She also serves as a gender focal point.
She holds a master’s degree in international development and social change from Clark University in Massachusetts, and a second master’s in international relations from Purdue University in Indiana.