Capacity development Networks for improved water security and productivity

The world today confronts a water crisis with critical implications for peace, political stability and economic development. Starting to manage water resources more effectively and efficiently will enable humanity to better respond to today’s problems and to the surprises and troubles expected in a warming world. Water flows through the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. It is inextricably linked to climate change, agriculture, food security and is essential for achieving many of the future development targets.


The sustainable management of water resources is becoming more urgent than ever as several global trends collide.  In developing countries, growing populations are increasing demand for water to produce essential commodities like food and energy.  Higher rates of urbanisation fuel demand for water for domestic and industrial uses, putting stress on existing raw water sources.


The United Nations Summit in September 2015, adopted a new development agenda entitled “Transforming our World by 2030 – a New Agenda for Global Action”, a historic agreement on a comprehensive and far-reaching set of universal goals and targets (hereinafter abbreviated as SDGs).  If these are realized (17 goals and 169 targets), they will transform for a better world and renewed determination to take bold and transformative steps needed to shift the world on to a sustainable path. For the goals to be achieved, time and resources needs to be allocated for capacity development of present and future decision makers as well as for enhancing awareness towards the world we want.


Improved governance of water services and water resources remain at the heart of the struggle for sustainable human development, growth and poverty reduction.  Governance of water resources and water services is distributed across many sectors and formal and informal institutions.  This complexity of water decision-making, many times combined with institutional fragmentation, heightens the risks of discrimination, unequal access to water resources and services, and corruption.


At the core of improved water governance and attainment of the SDGs (means of implementation) lies the need for capacity development at individual and institutional levels.  Capacity development – the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time – is an effective way to improve water resources management.  Capacity development must bring about transformation that is generated and sustained over time.


The SDGs also call on strengthening resources mobilisation and partnership revitalisation for sustainable development (Goal 17).  Under this goal, target 17.9 is formulated as: : “Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation”. This raises questions about the mobilisation of existing structures for the realisation of the goals. This session provides a closer look at capacity development in a networking and partnership environment to enhance effectiveness of capacity development initiatives. It will also address new education technologies that make it possible to share information and knowledge, both in terms of methodologies for teaching and learning, and in contents.

0 – 15                     Opening

15 – 35                   Keynote – Joakim Harlin – Capacity development and networking for improved water governance and social inclusion – preparedness for the SDGs in an integrated approach

35 – 55                   Case presentation – a network member – advantages and impediments of water capacity development in networking mode

55 – 80                  Innovative learning for educating (young) water professionals

  • Virtual learning – Themba Gumbo
  • Aqua Republica – a serious game for school water education – Kees Leendertse

80 – 140                Panel – facilitated by Maria do Carmo Zinato

  • Themba Gumbo
  • Joakim Harlin
  • Eiman Karar
  • Miguel Solanes
  • Yvonilde …
  • Pablo LLoret

140-150                Closure (15 mins)

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