STOCKHOLM — The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has announced that Professor John Briscoe, a native of South Africa, has been named the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his contributions to global and local water management, according to a press release.

John Briscoe currently lives and works in the United States, where he is a professor at Harvard University, noted the release.

Professor Briscoe said he was, “Very surprised and honored. I am delighted for the recognition this gives to thinking practitioners, of which I consider myself one.”

“At the end of the day, it is what happens on the ground that matters. All policies must be judged by whether they make a difference on the ground. I believe that the years I spent working at the micro level is what enables me to be an effective policy maker,” added Briscoe.

The Stockholm Water Prize Committee stated that Briscoe ”has combined world-class research with policy implementation and practice to improve the development and management of water resources as well as access to safe drinking water and sanitation.”

Read the full release here.