Updates from the Water Governance Facility, April 2014
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Updates from the Water Governance Facility, April 2014
Water Integrity Summit to be held 29-30 April in Lusaka
The Regional Capacity Building Programme Promoting Water Integrity in Sub-Saharan Africa is approaching the end of its first phase. In the past three years, the programme successfully trained more than 400 stakeholders across 36 countries in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa. A concluding Water Integrity Learning Summit will take place in Lusaka on 29-30 April to reflect and share lessons learned on how to make integrity initiatives successful and durable in Africa’s water world. The summit will also prepare the next phase of Water Integrity activities in Sub-Saharan Africa and aims to energise local African relationships in the water community and at political levels to take resolute action against corruption.
Water Integrity training workshop in Rio de Janeiro
Capacity building activities on Water Integrity in Latin America have kick-started with a Water Integrity Training of Trainers Workshop that was held in Rio 7-11 April. The aim is to create a pool of skilled water integrity trainers in the Latin America region and test the existing Water Integrity Training Manual and the newly developed module that is tailor-made for the Latin American context. The workshop was organised by the WGF, Cap-Net/LA WET net and the UNDP Regional Centre in Panama. It will be followed by sub-regional and national trainings.
New WGF report focuses on gender
The Water Governance Facility Report No 4, Mainstreaming Gender in Water Governance Programmes - From Design to Results, reviews the strategies, results and reporting related to gender of eleven large-scale water and sanitation governance programmes with a view towards finding the ways that most effectively further gender equality in water governance. In contrast to what might be expected, the report found that ambitious gender mainstreaming in the programme design was weakly related to any greater focus on gender in the programme implementation or results reporting. Rather, what came out as the most important factors for successful implementation of gender-related activities and significant effects on gender-based inequalities was the commitment by programme leadership and to bring gender expertise on board. The programmes that were the most effective in reducing gender inequalities in their areas of intervention focused on the (collective) organisation and strengthening of women and women’s organisations and on involving men and boys in the challenging of gender relations.
Read the new GoAL WaSH brochure
UNDP GoAL WaSH, aiming to strengthen water governance in nations with serious political, structural and social challenges has completed its first phase. The brochure – Beyond the Hardware: Working for Governance, Advocacy and Leadership in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – tells about the successes and the difficulties in the countries supported in the 2008-2013 period. The programme is now ready to move into its second phase, starting 2014, with three new countries – Cambodia, Niger and Togo – joining the GoAL WaSH family in this new phase.
Shared Waters Partnership expands its portfolio
UNDP Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) plans to expand its regional portfolio in 2014 to Western Asia and South Asia. Activities such as capacity building for robust transboundary water institutions and civil society have been proposed. Supporting the transboundary institutions in the Nile Basin, SWP contributed to the Water Diplomacy Workshop for the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) in February as a moderator. In the Mekong Basin, SWP recently began to support the Donor Partners to provide strategic inputs. In April, SWP will participate in the International Conference of the Second Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit as a sponsoring partner.
EU Africa Water Summit in Brussels
The Fourth European Union (EU) - Africa Summit in Brussels 2-3 April 2014 recognised the importance of water infrastructure as an essential prerequisite for development and prosperity in Africa. The agreement set out by EU and African leaders in the declaration adopted by the EU-Africa Summit 2014 highlights the political and economic significance of water for both continents. The roadmap framing EU-Africa relations for 2014-2017 offers frameworks for the future of the EU-Africa water partnership, in particular as part of the infrastructure agenda together with energy, transport, Information & Communication Technology. The new framework should allow a stronger interaction between water and related sectors of agriculture, energy, climate change, science, peace and security. View the declaration and the roadmap endorsed by the Summit here.
Word from WGF

Marianne Kjellén, Director, WGF
The Water Governance Facility, WGF, is eagerly awaiting the start of the next phase of its activities. In the meantime, we have been endeavouring to take stock and complete already initiated activities.

Insights and impacts from the three-year Water Integrity capacity development for Sub-Saharan Africa will be presented and analysed at the Learning Summit in Lusaka at the end of this month. This will be a key moment to deepen our understanding of how to build trust and increase the effectiveness of organisations in the African water community.

Also building relations, GoAL WaSH has summarised the experiences of its first phase;  aptly captured as “beyond the hardware.” Indeed, water governance is about that software which makes the infrastructure and installations function, and continue to function in the long run. GoAL WaSH has also managed to adapt to the needs of the countries where it operates and strategically place its support where it fits the specific national context. For this, it has been dubbed “Small, but Beautiful.”

Building on WGF’s experience with the Millennium Develop-ment Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F), the most recent WGF Report No 4 on Mainstreaming Gender in Water Governance Programmes explores how to get large-scale programmes in water governance to address gender inequalities. It finds the commitment of programme leadership and the drawing of adequate expertise to be crucial, but also the deeper understan­ding of the structures and power relations that uphold gender inequalities. Recogni­tion of such structures might make programmes more prone to work with women’s collective interests and to involve men and boys in the activities to renegotiate gender roles.

As highlighted in the previous update, the work on water integrity has increasingly addressed the role of gender in its work, with the second training with specific focus on Gender and Integrity carried out recently in Nairobi. Moreover, the Water Integrity Programme envisages further research in this area, for which an internship opportunity has been recently advertised.

Indeed, the WGF works with several  students to explore issues and assist in studies, including the mapping of UN-supported projects in the area of water and sanitation, as well as mapping of conflicts around competing water claims between indigenous peoples and industrial mining or hydro­electric production.

Hence, while eagerly waiting for the moment to be able to announce the next phase and new work programme; the WGF continues to deepen and solidify its knowledge base.
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