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Who We Are?

Established by the Columbia Water Centre, Columbia University in 2008, Centers for International Projects Trust is a not-for-profit research and development organization based in New Delhi. CIPT works on thematic areas of water-energy-agriculture nexus, groundwater conservation, livelihood security and environmental sustainability. It works towards performing applied research in the areas of agriculture, water, climate change, energy and related socio – economic perspectives and provide rigorous research-based knowledge as the foundation for various field-based initiatives. CIPT works on developing and piloting new models for effective water and energy management across different regions in India through strategic programme partnerships with various partners including government agencies, civil society and private sector partners.

With its strong institutional mechanisms and innovative approach, CIPT aims at holistically addressing the issues of water and agriculture in the country through different low-cost precision technologies, nexus modelling and extension methods. With prominent footprints in the states of Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi and Jharkhand, CIPT is presently expanding its work to other states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

CIPT is a member of Research Advisory Group of NABARD, Punjab, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and Standing Committee on Surface and Ground Water of Planning Commission of Chhattisgarh, India.


CIPT work is founded on the principle that meaningful improvements in water quality and access depends on resolving increasing water shortages. CIPT aims to provide rigorous, research-based knowledge as the foundation for evidence-based advocacy. The Center strives to change from one-dimensional approach to assessments to studying watersheds and ecological systems holistically.

The Center seeks to design and implement water solutions in some of the country’s most challenging settings. CIPT is uniquely positioned to apply rigorous, multi-disciplinary academic research to solve difficult on-the-ground problems related to water resource and climate-related water risk.


  • Ingeniously tackle the issue of water scarcity (including water quality) through innovations in technology, capacity building, public policy and private action.
  • Undertake research on water resource management, climate change and resilience, water- energy- agriculture nexus, livelihood and practical applications of science-based investigation, and facilitating outreach to support behaviour change at community level in India.


CIPT ensures following core values in its day to day operations:

  • Deliver effective and efficient quality research;
  • Meet the expectations of clients, beneficiaries and stakeholders;
  • Comply with laws, regulations, and other requirements;
  • Be transparent and accountable to staff, members, communities and funding agencies in both financial and programmatic areas;
  • Build partnerships and trust through cooperation and participatory approach in order to create meaningful impact.
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