2016 Cartoon Calendar


Introduction | 2016 Cartoons | Cartoonist Bios


A Water­-Secure World for All
Water is at the center of economic and social development: water nurtures livelihoods, irrigates crops, and powers industries and cities. Yet water also poses risks to humans and societies: flooding destroys homes and crop yields, droughts undermine utility companies’ ability to deliver water and sanitation services, and a lack of water hinders power production in plants that depend on water for cooling or production.
Yet today, 1.6 billion people live in regions with absolute water scarcity and the number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion people by 2025. It is clear that today’s water issues must be addressed with innovative thinking and new approaches. This challenges us to realize the link between water security and the Sustainable Development Goals, and to take a holistic look at water. In order to provide universal access to water and sanitation services by 2030, we must not only ensure sustainability of quality and services, but also increase water efficiency and reuse to not exhaust our already scarce water resources. This year’s cartoon calendar depicts the importance of water security, a crucial issue that lies at the core of the World Bank Group’s goals: to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity for the poorest 40%.
Helping countries achieve water security requires not only financial support, but the best knowledge available to shape sound policies, governance mechanisms, and sustainable financing. It also demands coordination across sectors such as health, energy, and agriculture to create a system that can deliver reliable access to electricity, food, water and sanitation services.
We thank the talented artists from around the world who helped us craft these critical messages with creativity and passion, while staying true to the calendar’s tradition of raising awareness through humor.
Wishing you a successful 2016!
Junaid Ahmad and Jyoti Shukla 


2016 Cartoons


Water security is the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water, while ensuring protection against water­-borne pollution and water ­related disasters.



Every year, more than 32 billion cubic meters (m3) of treated water–roughly the equivalent of 13 million Olympic­ size swimming pools–leak from urban water supply systems before reaching the consumer, while 16 billion m3 are delivered to consumers for zero revenue. Half are in developing countries, where public water services are starving for additional revenues to finance expansion of services and where most connected customers suffer from intermittent supply and poor water quality.



Global population and economic growth are placing unprecedented stress on water quantity and quality. Competition among different freshwater users such as agriculture, industry and households may become fiercer, which will require better, more proactive water resources management.



Without decisive actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, its effects could push more than 100 million additional people back into poverty by 2030.



Studies show that tapping into social norms can reveal simple, effective ways to significantly reduce water consumption in communities where water is scarce.



Globally, 54% of people live in urban areas; and this is projected to reach 66% by 2050. Meeting their basic water and sanitation needs will require strong, accountable and inclusive institutions and adequate investment.



In Bolivia, reuse of untreated wastewater to irrigate crops is alleviating pressure on water supply. With the right wastewater treatment it can also be a safe and sustainable water source for farming.



The availability of water for cities in the catchment is shrinking due to land­use changes, demands for irrigation and energy, environmental degradation, climate change, and new urban settlements upstream. Often there is not enough water to satisfy all users.



Less than 2% of Indonesia’s urban population has sewerage coverage, and instead uses on­site sanitation solutions. Many of the on-­site solutions have unsealed bases, meaning that untreated wastewater seeps out into the environment.



By 2025, nearly two ­thirds of countries will be water-­stressed and 2.4 billion people will face absolute water scarcity, challenging humanity to better manage Earth’s water resource.
Remote sensing with satellites orbiting Earth can improve data inputs and inform decisions about water management projects.



Global warming is changing hydrological and rainfall patterns, making wet places wetter and dry places drier.



If carbon emissions continue to fuel climate change at current rates, the duration of warm spells­­--which reduce soil moisture and decrease rainfall­­--will increase in capital cities in especially the Middle East and North Africa region.

Cartoonist Bios

Vladimir Kadyrbaev
Vladimir Kadyrbaev is a well-known cartoonist from Kazakhstan. Trained as a physicist, he began his career as a schoolteacher, later being drawn more exclusively to creative arts. Since 1985, his cartoons have been published daily in many newspapers in Kazakhstan and Russia. He also produced an animated cartoon movie in 2006. He has won multiple prizes at international cartoon exhibitions in Belgium, Canada, Italy, Poland, Turkey, and more.

Jesus Felix-Diaz (Polo Verde)
Jesus Felix-Diaz is a Peruvian graphic artist graduated from the Faculty of Art of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He is the director of his own illustration school “La Cochera”, also teaches digital animation and performs as freelance artist. Jesus specializes in 2D animation and characters design for brands such as Coca Cola, Nestle, Brahma, among others; and also has made cover pages and illustrations for magazines and newspapers such as Poder, Dedo Medio and Moda. His best creations are published in www.behance.net/poloverde

Sudhir Dar
Sudhir Dar is one of India’s most eminent cartoonists and lives in New Delhi. He has delighted millions of readers for almost four decades with a pocket cartoon called ‘This is it!’. Dar is a winner of several national and international awards and has featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and several other prestigious publications worldwide. MAD magazine called him a ‘Tasty Indian Nut’.

Wisnoe Lee
Wisnoe Lee is a Jakarta-based artist specializing in posters, comics and caricatures. His works have been featured in national exhibitions. His unique cartoon characters--a tricycle driver named Gibug with his yellow cat Oncom—received the prestigious ‘Kosasih Awards’. In addition to being a resource person on the subject of arts in national media agencies including television, radio, newspapers and magazines, Wisnoe has been busy working on artistic projects, including his collaboration with World Bank Group-WSP in this cartoon calendar since 2005.
Victor Ndula
Victor Ndula is an editorial cartoonist who lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. He is published daily under “Victor’s view.” Drawing cartoons for roughly a decade, Victor continues to lend his voice to social commentary through his cartoons. As a member of the global organization Cartoon movement, he has attended and exhibited his work at Cartoon festivals in Switzerland, France, and Germany; his work has also been exhibited in Peru, Doha Qatar, Amsterdam, and at the London School of Economics (LSE). Victor has won many local and international awards, including the first prize award for the Ranan Lurie International Cartoon Competition.

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