Updates from the Water Governance Facility, July 2014
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Updates from the Water Governance Facility, July 2014
Renewed support to WGF 2014-2017
The UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI has received renewed core support for the 2014-2017 period.  WGF forms part of the UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme, working towards the realisation of UNDP’s strategic plan, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). WGF contributes by serving as a knowledge hub for water governance, working proactively to advance governance issues, and responding to requests from governments for policy advice.

The support, equivalent to over SEK 8 million per year, is geared towards i) Policy support and advice (including GoAL WaSH strategic management and support to the Shared Waters Partnership), ii) Water governance knowledge and capacity development (e.g. on water integrity), and iii) International processes and global monitoring (including advocacy about integrity, human rights, interculturality, gender equity, and contributing to a range of international forums).
WGF at the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm
Preparations for the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, 31 August – 5 September, are in full swing. Our major social event will be the WGF mingle held at the SIWI booth in the Exhibition area on Tuesday 2 September at 6 p.m. Meet the WGF team, colleagues and friends, get your copy of our most recent reports and hear about ongoing endeavors and upcoming plans!

The WGF also contributes to a range of events, including the seminar Beyond Asset Management: Sustainable Service Delivery in WASH organised with UNICEF on Wednesday morning 3 September, and Assessing the Advantages of Sectoral Anti-corruption Approaches in Harmony with IWRM convened jointly with the Water Integrity Network (WIN), Cap-Net, and UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative on Thursday morning 4 September.

On Wednesday 3 September, the evening side event on Competing Water Claims: Indigenous Peoples, Mining and Hydraulic Infrastructure Development will discuss practical insights on how to further social justice and water ecosystem protection in indigenous areas, which tend to be greatly affected by mining and hydroelectric energy projects. The event features cases where dialogue between stakeholders has taken place and indigenous peoples are recognised as legitimate stakeholders in water-related policy decisions.
MENA Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme
Our Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme for Middle East and North Africa is now in full swing. Water Integrity Risk Assessments that will inform the training activities scheduled for 2015 and 2016 are being undertaken by our national partners in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco. These are the Jordan University of Science and Technology; the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; the Centre for Water Research and Technologies (CERTE) in Tunisia;  Al-Quds University – the Arab University in Jerusalem, and the Al-Akhawayn University at Ifrane, Morocco. Regional partners participating in the programme are the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET), the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-MED), Integrity Action, and IUCN-Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA).
A national consultative workshop, opened by H.E Minster of Water, Dr Hazem El-Nasser, was organised in Jordan on 12 June, 2014. Similar workshops are being planned for the other programme countries. Read more on the WGF website.
Lusaka Water Integrity Summit and Statement
Water sector stakeholders from 22 countries in Western, Southern and Eastern Africa gathered in Lusaka, Zambia on April 29-30 to discuss how to promote water integrity in the region. The Summit, organised by WGF and partners, was the first occasion where African water integrity ambassadors met to exchange case examples and good practices, and is the culmination of the sub-Saharan capacity building programme that has trained more than 400 stakeholders in water integrity over the last 3 years. The Summit recommendations were turned into the Lusaka Statement on water integrity, which was handed over to Hon. Bai-Mass Taal, Executive Secretary of AMCOW (African Ministers’ Council on Water) at the end of the Summit.

The Lusaka Statement was further discussed at the Africa Water Week and AMCOW’s 9th General Assembly, both held in Dakar, Senegal in May 2014. During their General Assembly, AMCOW recognised that the Water Integrity Summit contributed to building political ownership for water integrity practice and developing a way forward for enhancing integrity in the water sector. AMCOW called to hereafter include water integrity in all their events, the 7th World Water Forum, as well as in the consultations on the post-2015 development agenda. Read more about the Summit here.
Developing principles and indicators on water integrity with the OECD
Since the last World Water Forum, held in 2012, the OECD has coordinated the OECD Water Governance Initiative (OECD WGI), a multi-stakeholder network for experience sharing, analytical work and peer-to-peer dialogue. The WGF, together with Water Integrity Network (WIN) and Transparency International (TI), coordinates the working group on integrity and transparency within this initiative. In April, the third meeting of the OECD WGI was held in Madrid which was another step on the way towards defining Principles and Indicators of Water Governance, to be endorsed by OECD and partner countries.

The Madrid meeting was preceded by a workshop on water integrity on 20 March 2014, which was held in Paris during the OECD Integrity Week. This workshop was a great opportunity to include the perspective of the private sector business community in the process towards defining indicators for water integrity. Moreover, preliminary results of the OECD WGI stakeholder survey on “Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Water Governance” were presented at the 3rd Istanbul International Water Forum at the end of May 2014.
Director's Note

Marianne Kjellén, Director, WGF
It is great to embark on the next phase of WGF activities. In the coming years we will endeavor to be of increasing relevance and use to UN and other partners in our work on knowledge management and capacity development in the areas of integrity and human rights, as well as gender equity and the bridging of socio-cultural barriers.

While consolidating existing programme work, including GoAL WaSH strategic management and the support to the Shared Waters Partnership, we also want to expand collaborations and work in rural and urban WASH governance – overcoming inequalities and enhancing sustainability. The future will also include closer engagement with Every Drop Matters, improving water supplies and sanitation and promoting responsible water resources management through community-based work supported by small-scale grants.

Capacity Building for Water Integrity continues to expand, joining the forces of several organisations and leveraging resources from various sources. As reported in this update, the programme is consolidating in the Middle East and North Africa. Assessments and testing of new training materials have also been carried out in Latin America, where a range of Water Integrity workshops will hopefully take place in the coming months. The second phase for the continued Water Integrity capacity development and political advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa is also being formulated.

The future is looking bright, with water governance making an increasingly important contribution towards reduced inequalities, exclusion and poverty, and enhanced sustainability. To hear more about it – join us for a drink at the WGF mingle at the World Water Week in Stockholm!
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