Updates from Water Governance Facility
News in this issue:
1. Water Integrity Programme in MENA receives political endorsement
2.
Pilot trainings in Latin America
3. GoAL WaSH launches Knowledge Management Initiative for Documentation of “Lessons from the Field”
4. New Support to the Shared Water Partnership
5. WGF Coordinates the Every Drop Matters Programme
6. “Accountability for Sustainability”- the WGF and UNICEF collaboration
7.
WGF supports the Gender Water and Development conference in South Africa
 
Water Integrity Programme in MENA receives political endorsement
The capacity building programme on water integrity in Middle East and North Africa has now received political endorsement in the five pilot countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia) and on December 4, 2014 it was officially labelled by the 43 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. To kick-start the capacity building activities a Training of Trainers Workshop was held on December 1-5 2014 in Tunis, Tunisia with the objective of creating a pool of water integrity trainers in the MENA Region, as well as validating the adapted training materials. Mr Tarek Bahri, General Director of Governance and Advisor to the President of Government in Tunisia addressed the participants in key note speech high-lighting the importance of the subject and its relevance in the region.

The national training workshops were officially launched after a presentation about the programme and the main findings from the rapid assessments of water integrity risks at the 3rd Arab Water Week, by the Dead Sea, Jordan, and the first regional training workshop Water Integrity for MENA Region took place directly after on 14-15 January 2015. Following this successful first regional training workshop and the upcoming national activities in the five pilot countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia) we are now looking forward to further regional training courses to focus on the wider Arab region. For more information please contact Alice Jaraiseh.

Pilot trainings in Latin America
In November 2014, WGF conducted a training on water integrity in Antigua, Guatemala. The training formed part of the collaboration between WGF; LA-WETnet, and; the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development, AECID. The tailor-made course targeted 29 participants (45% women) representing UNDP regional programs; AECID offices; water utilities, ministries, and institutions dedicated to water and sanitation in five countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The goal was to emphasize the importance of addressing issues of governance and integrity in relevant institutions nationwide, and to trigger demand among countries to implement water integrity programs The course showed that there is a demand for continuous capacity development support at various levels, including the facilitation of new courses, further design of integrity tools, and support to processes of organizational change. For more information please contact Alejandro Jiménez.

GoAL WaSH launches Knowledge Management Initiative for Documentation of “Lessons from the Field”
The GoAL WaSH (Governance, Advocacy and Leadership for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programme continues its progress in all 12 countries involved. In addition, during this period, an internal call for proposals for knowledge management has been launched: “Lessons from the field” aims to collect relevant experiences from the country projects that can be of use to the wider water community working with governance. For more information please contact Lotten Hubendick or Alejandro Jiménez.

New Support to the Shared Water Partnership

The UNDP Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) welcomes new support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands through UNESCO IHE. This new partnership will greatly improve SWP’s capacity to build the enabling environment necessary for transboundary water cooperation around the globe.  December was a busy month for the SWP Coordination Team which delivered a presentation focusing on water diplomacy at the first IGAD Water Dialogue Forum held in Nairobi and in January, the SWP supported a workshop organized by UNECE focusing on benefits assessments and hosted by the Estonian Ministry of Environment.  Ongoing projects in support of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and in the Salween Basin exploring opportunities to link water cooperation with conflict prevention promise to keep the Coordination Team busy in the coming months. For more information please contact Kerry Schneider

WGF Coordinates the Every Drop Matters Programme

In September, 2014, the WGF took over the oversight of Every Drop Matters (EDM), a partnership programme between UNDP and The Coca-Cola Company. EDM is targeted at finding community based solutions to: improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation; demonstrate community-based approaches to climate change adaptation; and raise awareness of water resource issues. Through the demonstration of community based approaches, and focusing on the communication of results, the programme intends to encourage the replication of results at local, regional, national and international levels. The programme currently has 15 active small grant projects active in ten countries, in Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States, Arab States, and South Asia. After five years of successful implementation, the programme is now in its final stage, with all projects due to be completed by 31 December 2015. During this period, the WGF will be managing the monitoring, reporting, and the communication of the programmes activities. For more information please contact John Livsey.

"Accountability for Sustainability" - the WGF and UNICEF collaboration  

The WGF and UNICEF collaboration on Accountability for Sustainability is now under full implementation. During 2014, UNICEF and WGF team have worked together in the development of a background paper on “Accountability for Sustainability”, as well as a “Reference Guide for programming Accountability in WASH”. Both documents will be soon available on the programme website. In addition, technical assistance to country offices has started, with a joint mission to Nigeria carried out in December, aiming at enhancing accountability issues in country office programming. For more information please contact Alejandro Jiménez.

WGF supports the Gender Water and Development conference in South Africa

The first conference focused on Water, Gender and Development issues was organised in East London, South Africa, 3–7 November 2014. Since gender water and development issues lie at the heart of the WGF mandate, the Facility supported the conference financially and presented on its experiences from working with gender mainstreaming in water governance. The conference was well attended, with high level political presence and commitment from regional leaders, and the WGF presentation on adversities in gender work was well received. For more information please contact Moa Cortobius.
Director's Note


Marianne Kjellén, Director, WGF

2015 marks the tenth year of operation for the WGF! Indeed, the Facility is now well established and the programmes that it coordinates are making great strides towards "enhancing the role and contribution of water governance towards the reduction of inequalities, exclusion and poverty, and the enhancement of environmental sustainability" (WGF’s mission). Having just completed our progress reporting for 2014, it feels good to note that a lot has been achieved.

Among the highlights:

- 1st African Water Integrity Summit triggering AMCOW to consider Water Integrity in its future activities.
Political endorsement to implement the Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa.
- GoAL WaSH has entered into a new phase, with the present year starting up new projects in nine countries.
- The Every Drop Matters “Baikal Box” (published in 2013) collected the Russian Republic of Buryatia Prize for Education.
- Several papers published relating issues of indigenous peoples’ access and control of water resources.

In order to make all these contributions more accessible, and to improve the accuracy of the information about the WGF, its products, programmes and partners, we are in the midst of a restructuring of our website. Thank you so much for answering to our survey. We got many useful inputs from this very list. With our web-team we will endeavour to do them all justice.

Stay tuned for the re-developed website – appearing soon on a screen near you!
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