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Director's note 
 
Water governance is a means to an end. How the ends, or goals, are formulated can differ in how they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals or any other development objectives at the local, national or international level. For these goals to be met requires the strengthening of various functions that water organizations perform ̶ water allocation, fee collection, stakeholder coordination, water services provision and conflict mediation. Goals for development must aspire for social and political inclusiveness, equity, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability and must be under-pinned by governance architectures that can support them.
 
One area that has received insufficient attention is social equity in relation to water governance architectures and related concepts, such as IWRM. Hence, there is a need for more research, policy development and practical work to give equity a more prominent place in relation to water development. The Water Governance Facility is proud to launch the world’s first Training Manual and Facilitator’s Guide on Human-Rights Based Approach to IWRM. The manual highlights issues of non-discrimination in relation to participation in political and social life, and allocation of water in view of its its social and economic benefits. The manual complements other tools that WGF has developed such as the Training Manual on Water Integrity and Water User’s Guide to Water Governance Assessments. Read more below on the manual as well as other news from the WGF. 


Håkan Tropp
Director, WGF
Latest News
New regulation to reduce water pollution in Kyrgyzstan
Pollutants discharged into water bodies is a serious problem in Kyrgyzstan, especially in industrial and mining areas and regions without water treatment systems. Poor drinking water quality contributes to high infection rates and child mortality caused by diarrhea.. Read the full story>>  
Improving water and sanitation services in Liberia
The  GoAL WaSH programme is helping the Government of Liberia set up a regulatory agency for water and sanitation services there. Dr. Alejandro Jiménez, GoAL visited Liberia to follow up on the progress of establishing the Water Supply and Sanitation Commission (WSSC). Read the full story>> 
Good governance highlighted in Arab Water Week
Urban WASH and gender water practitioners from Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania and Uganda took on the challenge of identifying activities that could engage women and men more equally. Read the full story>> 
NEW TEAM MEMBER
Ivan Draganic joins as Programme Manager

We are excited to announce a new addition to the Water Governance Facility team! Ivan Draganic has previously worked with UNDP and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Read Ivan's introductory letter about what he hopes to achieve at WGF.
Find out more>>  
World’s first manual on Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM
The first-of-its-kind manual brings together two fields that have historically remained separate. The Human Rights-Based Approach provides a suitable lens for the work towards the 2030 Agenda with its vision to “seek to realize the human rights of all.” Read the full story>> 
New report on developing capacities for water integrity 
Developing capacities for water integrity: Reflective review of approach and impact of training courses provides a review of the approach to training and capacity development as a contribution to improved water governance and reduced risk of corruption in the water sector. Read the full story>> 
Developing the water supply and sanitation strategy for emerging towns in Laos
This report looks at the strategy to get emerging towns on the political agenda in Laos, leading to an increase in water supply and sanitation services in these areas. Read the full story>>
WGF remembers Pier Cross
It is with deep sadness that we learned about the loss of our dear friend and colleague Piers Cross, on the 29th March 2017.
Piers Cross was widely known in the water sector, for his extensive experience and remarkable contributions over his decades long dedication to the sector.  Piers has been collaborating with the Water Governance Facility for almost ten years. His strategic advice and in country assessments was instrumental for setting up the GoAL WaSH programme and his guidance for the development of our water integrity program in Sub Saharan Africa was highly appreciated. But above all,
he has been a true friend to us over the years, always ready to listen and provide support. 
Thank you very much Piers. The Water Governance Facility will miss you.
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