Water governance with and for all: Is it working?

Co-convenors: Global Water Partnership, University of Pennsylvania and UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI

Water governance refers to the political, institutional, social, economic and administrative systems in place that influence water’s use and management. The design and development of water governance arrangements is grounded in the conceptual understanding of cultural, economic, moral, religious and ethical dimensions of allocations. Good multi-level water governance is a prerequisite for leaving no one behind. There is the link between poverty and access to water services and to the anticipation and mitigation of water related risks, including for sanitation and productive water uses. Enhanced access to water is one of the conditions to eliminate poverty with defined mechanisms of delivery to the poor. Pricing arrangements are rarely equitable and financing arrangements often discourage service provision. Drawing on experiences of good practices and failures, the seminar will focus on bench marking and hence calls for the submission of water governance cases from large and small; water abundant or scarce countries.

The seminar considers policy guidelines, institutional arrangements and reform pathways in countries at different stages of socio/economic development and with different forms of government within which water resources are managed. What are solutions to overcome the barriers fostering inequities, including governance, institutional and financing barriers? How IWRM can support the implementation of SDGs such as social/ethical considerations? Which approaches seem to work best? When water is scarce, how should access be shared? How can tensions between efficiency and equity be resolved? Examples that can provide evidence of good governance for achieving inclusive development are encouraged?


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