Title: Water Operators Partnerships: Success Stories and Alliance Building
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2009-08-17
Time: 15:30 - 18:45
Convenor: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (Global WOPs Alliance)
Co-convenor: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Water Association (IWA), USAID – Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative (USAID-ABRI) and Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA)
Room: K21

Event Description
Water Operators’ Partnerships – or peer support between water and sanitation utilities – is gaining growing prominence as an impactful, low-cost tool for improving the capacity of public utilities in their challenge to meet the Millennium Development Goals. The Global WOPs Alliance – a worldwide network for fostering collaboration between water supply and sanitation utilities – is helping to link and reinforce various regional water operators’ partnership initiatives that are setting up around the world to strengthen exchange between water and sanitation utility operators. There is a great deal of experience in utility twinning being generated at the regional level and much to learn about what constitutes a successful WOP.

Objectives of the Seminar

The objective of the seminar is to share lessons and challenges for effective twinning from the regional WOP mechanisms. The seminar will focus on modalities for mobilising meaningful partnerships between water operators at the regional and global levels and on understanding what is needed to further scale up this good practice. Presentations will be made by representatives of teams of regional WOPs and their partner supporters on their success stories of capacity building through twinning programs.

Following the presentations, a multi-stakeholder panel discussion will focus on the identification of success factors and the most pressing capacity gaps, and roles/strategies of the Global WOPs Alliance for facilitating further success as well as for bridging such gaps.

Expected Outputs

1. Distilling success stories and challenges encountered in the implementation of WOPs.
2. Identification of the needs (knowledge, brokering, financing, advocacy, capacity building) of WOPs mechanisms and water operators for planning and facilitating future twining programs and how the Global WOPs Alliance can support this.
3. Promotion of the WOPs concept in general.

Chair: Bert Diphoorn, Ag. Director of Human Settlements Financing Division, UN-HABITAT

15:30 Opening by the Chair

Welcome by Antonio Miranda, Head of WOP Working Group, UNSGAB


Introduction by Faraj El-Awar, Programme Manager, Global WOPs Alliance

15:55 Presentation on WOPs knowledge management, Steen Bjerggaard, Water Operators Partnerships Coordinator, IWA

Presentations by Regional WOPs and their Partner Supporters (15 min each)




Coffee Break


Panel Discussion “Utility Partnerships Success Factors”

Facilitator: Piers Cross, Global WOPs Advisor

Panel Members (tbc):

  • David Boys, Utilities & Pensions Officer, PSI Secretariat
  • Francesc Bellaubi, Programme Coordinator, Water Sector, Transparency International
  • Samir Bensaid, Director General – IEA, ONEP (Office National Eau Potable) of Morocco
  • Gerard Payen, President, AquaFed (The International Federation of Private Water Operators)  

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