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Director's note 
After having worked for three very interesting years as Managing Director for SIWI’s thematic areas and programmes, including Water Governance and the WGF, I am, again assuming direct responsibility for the WGF. Every day is a great learning experience and where my very knowledgeable, capable and dedicated colleagues are at the water governance frontlines, keeping public and private sector decision-makers on their toes. Leading the work of the WGF will allow me to directly be part of developing knowledge and policy on water governance and their practical applications in the real world.
Being at the doorstep to a new year means time for prospective views. In 2017, water governance will remain key to addressing water challenges, but it will take more efforts to work with it in constructive and meaningful ways to maintain its relevance. Some areas where I foresee a need for continued development on how we work with governance is in relation to financing and infrastructure investments. This will be valid in both rural and urban contexts, but due to the rapid urbanization in Asia and Africa and subsequent increased water demand for consumption of energy, food and consumer goods the urban space will be an increasingly important water governance entry-point. I welcome you to read more on this topic in my blog post Water governance and the new urban agenda. 

Season’s Greetings from myself and the entire WGF Team!
Håkan Tropp, Director, WGF 
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