It is with very deep sadness that I inform you that David Duncan, founder and CEO of OOSKAnews passed away after a brief and serious illness on 11 January. David had lived in both the United States and Edinburgh, Scotland.
David’s experience in news gathering and journalism led him to establish OOSKAnews in 2006, to fill a “gap” in readily available, actionable information about issues on water. His efforts focused on regions of the world where reliable information is often hard to source. Data is targeted for decision-makers in the water community: governments, think tanks, multi-lateral institutions, public and private sector companies, international NGO’s, water associations, academics, youth groups.
The underlying ethos of the company is to expand the global discourse on all water issues: water security, quantity and quality, corporate risk, government policy, science and technology, transnational hydropolitics, and climate change.
David was an active advocate for water issues and his insight, persistence, curiosity and “nose” to report on the “unknown unknowns” informs all matters at OOSKAnews.
Publications, interviews, and panel discussions must be relevant and accessible not only for those who are engaged full time in resolving water issues but also for those professionals and non-professionals who are intellectually curious. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to continue the flow of the information from all parts of the world to all parts of the world.
David’s is a great loss to this family, the company and the wider water community. He will be greatly missed.
Kathleen Morris, Director of Operations
“OOSKA” is a phonetic spelling of the Scottish word “uisge”. Uisge beatha is the Scottish Gaelic term for "water of life" with uisge simply meaning water and beatha meaning life. Over time and through common use in Scotland, uisge beatha was shortened and "uisge" became known as "whisky".
Donations to WaterAid UK in memory of David would be welcome. Any made before 15 February 2022 will be doubled by the UK Government: www.wateraid.org/uk/donate