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In this issue
1. Join the Water Governance Facility at World Water Week
2.
The Water Governance Facility Reorganizes
3. External Review of Sida's support to UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme Undertaken by PEMconsult

4. SIWI enables unique media dialogue in the Eastern Nile Basin

5. Director's Note
Join the Water Governance Facility at World Water Week Water
WGF Mingle (Tuesday 30 August, 17:30 - 18:30, UNDP Booth)
The Water Governance Facility is pleased to invite you to a mingle which will be organized during World Water Week. We will present our newly developed Issue Sheets on Water Governance, Sanitation, Human Rights, Integrity, Gender and Indigenous peoples. Please join and discover our work for a water wise world!

And welcome to the events co-convened by the WGF:
City-wide sanitation services: recent thinking and experiences (Sunday 09:00 - 10:30, FH 202)
What is the latest thinking on planning and delivering sanitation city-wide? What can we learn from successful cities? These questions will be explored at the event that WGF is co-organizing together with WaterAid, GIZ, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance and the World Bank. An initial presentation will set the scene of the urban sanitation sector, followed by a marketplace where different organisations will present city sanitation experiences.

Realizing SDG's through sanctions, rewards, and learning from experiences (Monday 14:00 - 15:30, NL 357)
Do politicians and service providers respond better for being sanctioned for poor performance, rewarded for a job well done, or from learning experiences? The event will explore how WaSH service delivery can be realized by improving democratic accountability in service delivery, in particular through sanctions, rewards, and learning from experiences. This event is co-organized with International IDEA and Forum Syd, will present case studies from India, Malawi and Kenya followed by a group discussion.

The missing link - recognising women's invisible water work (Monday 16:00 - 17:30, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen)
Globally women carry out the bulk of the unpaid domestic water work, but are underrepresented among the water sector staff. The seminar will explore several dimensions of women's unpaid water work, which represents a large and unnecessary burden, a highly inefficient use of social resources and puts women and girls' at risk.

Strengthening water governance through sustainable financing and integrity (Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen
The event, co-organized together with the GWP-Med, will take stock of the efforts made in the MENA promoting good water governance including integrity, transparency and accountability that can lead to sustainable growth, present best practices, good examples as well as recommendations and ways forward.


WASH services in Fragile States: Accountability for sustainable service delivery (Thursday 09:00 - 10:30, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen
In fragile states governments and their donors face an accountability dilemma. State bureaucracies lack capacity to deliver peace dividends meeting citizen's expectations. Yet delivering urgently needed services through non-state actors can be at the expense of building citizen-state accountability. This event, co-organized together with UNICEF and the World Bank Group, will explore ways to reinforce domestic accountability for service delivery.

Source to Sea - bridging marine and freshwater SDGs (Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30, NL 461)
Will discuss how to address links and trade-offs among activities on land, in rivers, along coasts and at sea to enable sustainable growth in connected systems from source to sea and support the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Good water governance for inclusive growth and poverty reduction (Wednesday FH Little Theatre)
In a series of three sessions, the seminar elaborates on the core dimensions of good water governance as outlined in the OECD principles. The support to the achievement of the SDG 6 targets will be discussed in terms of tools and methodologies, successful case studies and indicators of good water governance, taking into consideration the diversity in social, economic and institutional environments and the need to engage actors outside the water sector. Focus will be on local participation and IWRM.
The Water Governance Facility Reorganizes
As Marianne Kjellén will take on the task of Senior Water Advisor directly with the UNDP Water & Ocean Governance Programme, a new team leadership has been formed to take the Water Governance Facility into the new SDG era: Håkan Tropp, WGF’s first Director from its start in 2005, is coming back as WGF Programme Director to further lead its quest for water governance knowledge development and integrity in the water sector and beyond. Birgitta Liss Lymer has come back from leave of absence and distance work on the Source-to-Sea platform, and will take on the operational leadership of the WGF as its Programme Manager. Alejandro Jiménez has been co-directing the WGF for several years, he will continue to head up the GoAL WaSH strategic management and the collaboration with UNICEF, along with the strategic and forward-looking evolution of WGF’s programme implementation and tools development in the role of Senior Advisor to the Programme.


THE WGF Team: Moa Cortobius, Josh Weinberg, Marianne Kjellén (UNDP), Håkan Tropp, Jenny Grönwall, Birgitta Liss Lymer, Alejandro Jiménez, Pilar Avello, Mohammad Naeem Shinwari, Lotten Hubendick (missing from picture: James Leten, Hélène Le Deunff, Johanna Sjödin, Kerry Schneider

For further information, please contact Birgitta.liss.lymer@siwi.org
External Review of Sida's support to UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme Undertaken by PEMconsult
The External Review of Sida's support to UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme has been initiated. During the coming months PEMconsult will be looking into how the WOGP programme, particularly as implemented through Cap-Net, WGF, and GoAL WaSH, is producing the expected results. The review will also help suggesting strategic ways forward for the further development of the WOGP, Cap-Net, WGF and GoAL WaSH in the new SDG era, and beyond the present (2014-2017) WOGP strategy period. Several partners and collaborators will be contacted by the reviewers to get their views and experience of working with the WOGP and affiliated programmes and delivery mechanisms.

For further information, please contact marianne.kjellen@undp.org
SIWI enables unique media dialogue in the Eastern Nile Basin
Journalists from Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia participated in a media training aimed at contributing to constructive media reporting about the Eastern Nile Basin. The training was organized by SIWI under the UNDP Shared Waters Partnership and included a visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). It was the first time that such a big media delegation visited the GERD and the first visit to the dam for almost all the journalists.

The training aimed to contribute to informed, constructive media reporting about the Eastern Nile basin, and focused on creating a better understanding on political, technical, legal and economic aspects of the cooperation. The role of media in public diplomacy was a key topic on the agenda.  The journalists were deeply engaged in discussions and exchanged views on how to best frame messages that would contribute to a more conducive cooperation climate in the Eastern Nile Basin region.  Read more about the training here.
Director's Note

Marianne Kjellén, Outgoing Director, WGF
 
As of 22 August 2016 I will start working directly for UNDP. As Senior Water Advisor with the Water & Ocean Governance Programme I will continue to work for the Water Governance Facility, but from another vantage point. In my new role I will further emphasise the strategic and forward-looking aspects for the further development of the WGF as a cherished and integral part of the implementation of UNDP’s mission and water-related aspects of sustainable development. As UNDP's representative in a range of water related forums, I will be further advocating for the need to support and strengthen governance aspects of water and sanitation service provision and water resources management among our partners worldwide.

The future direction and management of the WGF will draw on a leadership ‘troika’ combining old and new experience in what I expect to be a great new era for the WGF. We have a highly skilled and motivated team that promises quality work on the furthering of good governance with equitable and efficient water distribution, use and allocation. Above all; it promises to enhance water’s contribution to sustainable development, and even to accelerate the achievement of the Post-2015 SDG Agenda.

The team has recently produced a new set of issue sheets on pertinent matters for improved water governance – don’t miss the highlighting of these at WGF’s social event at the Stockholm World Water Week! – Tuesday evening 30 August at 17.30 at the UNDP booth. See you there!

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the fantastic support in so many different ways during my three years as WGF Director. I very much look forward to see the continued success of the WGF endeavours.
 
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