Updates from the Water Governance Facility, October 2014
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Updates from the Water Governance Facility, October 2014
Join our Tunisia water integrity workshop
We are looking for dedicated and experienced trainers for the Regional Training of Trainers that will be held in Tunisia on 1-5 December, 2014. A Call for Expression of Interest is available on our website. Deadline is October 31!  For more information please contact Alice Nassar Jaraiseh
Publications launched at World Water Week
WGF launched several publications at the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm: The WGF also participated in and co-organized a range of meetings and events – see the report on WGF @ WWW 2014.
New collaboration with UNICEF
The WGF and UNICEF have started a one year collaboration to support governance and accountability issues in UNICEF supported programming as a means to increase sustainability.
The main components of this collaboration are to:
  • Facilitate and support UNICEF WASH programmes to take actions to overcome identified governance bottlenecks and support accountability between government, the service providers and the communities.
  • Refine and complement existing tools to systematically identify and address key governance and accountability bottlenecks for improved sustainability in UNICEF’s water programmes;
  • Analyse demand for continued support to countries and capacity needs of UNICEF staff and partners and propose a second phase of the cooperation.
For more information please contact Alejandro Jiménez
Updates from the Shared Waters Partnership
The Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) had a number of strategic outreach opportunities including Water Diplomacy training for the European External Action Service in Brussels and the ambassadors' meeting for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo. At the World Water Week SWP organised successful events on Water Diplomacy together with adelphi and Nexus in a Transboundary Context with IUCN. Discussions emphasised new alliances and cooperative approaches to advance cooperation in transboundary waters. Some of the key activities of SWP also emphasised the need for coordinated support to transboundary water management and cooperation in the Kuras Basin and the Mekong. The UNDP/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Kuras Programme has been supported by SWP to enable larger investment by GEF in the coming years. SWP is working with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Development Partners’ Group to strengthen the information management and the strategic alliance in light of the MRC organisational reform. For more information please contact Therese Sjömander Magnusson
Updates from GoAL WaSH
The GoAL WaSH (Governance, Advocacy and Leadership for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programme has now officially started programming for the 2014-2017 period, after the approval of the continuation of the programme's second phase. GoAL WASH will be active in 12 countries in 2014, 10 action plans are ready, and activities are taking place. The projects provide continuity to previous support in Bosnia and Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Mongolia, Paraguay and Tajikistan, and new support to three countries: Cambodia, Niger and Togo. The program continues to be focused on supporting strategic governance aspects of water and sanitation services in each country. For more information please contact Alejandro Jimenez
Water integrity updates
Sub-Saharan Africa
The Regional Programme for promoting and building capacity in Water Integrity for sub-Saharan Africa has reached the end of its first phase having trained a total of 580 participants and having built a team of of 35 trainers. There can only be a first phase if there is a second. Indeed, the implementing partners (WIN, WaterNet, Cap-Net and UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI) are in the process of developing a second phase based on the experience from the first. Mobilising resources in order to implement what we ambition is a challenge. But we don't shy away from challenges.  If we would, we would not work on anti-corruption in the first place! Now that we feel very much supported by the political decision-makers (AMCOW) and some financiers like Sida, who acknowledge water integrity, transparency and accountability as leverage points for development, it is time to maximise, bundle and unite our forces.
For more information, please contact:
Overall programme management: James Leten, Western African region: Francoise Ndoume, Eastern African region: Maria Jacobson, Southern African region: Jean-Marie Kileshye Onema
 
Middle East and North Africa
The Capacity Building Programme on water integrity in MENA is in the concluding phase of assessing the risks and capacity needs in the five target countries, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. A regional synthesis report will inform the adaptation of training materials tailored to each target group, and made available in Arabic, English, and French.
Director's Note


Marianne Kjellén, Director, WGF
WGF activities are in full swing! Significant work is going into our cross-cutting themes of integrity, gender and human rights.

The capacity development programme for water integrity in the Middle East and North Africa is initiating training on the ground, and is at the moment searching for trainers (see EOI). The programme in Sub-Saharan Africa is preparing for a second phase by revisiting previous integrity mapping exercises and looking into milestones and indicators of good governance more generally. Building on the recently launched Training Module for Water Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Water Integrity Management Toolbox, a first Water Integrity training will be conducted in Central America at the end of November. Spanish versions of the module, toolbox as well as the recommendations for an intercultural approach are being created at this very moment.

Gender equality will be in focus at the Gender, Water and Development Conference in South Africa in early November. Moa Cortobius from WGF will be presenting on how to bring gender into water governance programming (see WGF Report No 4) and integrated water resources management. Upcoming WGF work in this area will look into how to quantify informal work in the water sector – and how much of it is carried out by women, men and children. Coupled with the already started investigation into gender and water integrity, we look forward to many new insights and publications in the future.

Equality is central for the human rights agenda. In this area we are developing a manual on the human rights based approach to integrated water resources management together with Cap-Net UNDP, WaterLex, and REDICA. Future endeavors will be directed also towards the monitoring of the realisation of the human right to water and sanitation, as well as the situation of indigenous peoples in relation to competing water claims – also the topic of an event at the WWW.

Finally, the realisation of rights ultimately depends on responsible governments – accountable for their actions. Accountability refers to assuming responsibility for decisions and actions, and to be prepared to be scrutinised and answer for and resulting consequences. Greater accountability in the water sector is about fighting institutional inertia and making changes happen by way of ensuring that allocated responsibilities deliver results.

Accountability is also the guiding concept in the newly initiated collaboration with UNICEF, whose ultimate aim is to ensure sustainability of water services. Accountability should be an effective entry point for improving water governance. Indeed, in most countries institutional arrangements – policies, plans and roles – for service delivery are already in place, yet performance remains low. In this context, accountability, aiming to improve the quality of relationships between stakeholders in service delivery, can make these institutional arrangements start to work!
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