Programme  OS8a Capacity building  abstract 690

Capacity Building Programmes for Effective Transboundary Water Management

Author(s): Anton Earle, Cecilia Martinsen, Peter Qwist-Hoffmann, Klas Sandström, Daniel Malzbenderv, Joan Kariuki
The authors are from the respective implmenting organisations of the programme.

Keyword(s): Capacity building, transboundary water management, institutional development, knowledge transfer

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Session: OS8a Capacity building
AbstractTransboundary waters often

stimulate cooperation rather than conflict. Ultimately shared water has a chance of influencing regional politics in the

direction of increased co-operation to lay a foundation for social and political stability, economic prosperity and

poverty alleviation. A dialogue on water and its role in development provides a means for building trust among the

parties in a region, with the aim of managing shared waters in an efficient, equitable and sustainable manner. In 2006

a Transboundary Water Management programme, supported by SIDA, was initiated by Ramboll Natura, SIWI and

the ACWR. This programme aims at strengthening the capacities of the individuals and organisations involved in

transboundary water management in developing countries globally. Over a 3 week period modules on topics such as

negotiation tactics, stakeholder participation, hydro-politics, environmental water requirements and benefit sharing

are presented by international experts. Transboundary water management practitioners, mainly government officials,

who have first-hand experience of managing shared waters and negotiating agreements around them, interact with

participants through panel discussions and site visits. In addition to these knowledge inputs, the participants engage in

intensive peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, sharing their wealth of experience with each other. The programme has

also been implemented in specific locations and basins – the MENA region and Lake Victoria basin respectively.

The programme is now about to embark on its third intake of participants, each group comprising 30 mid-career

professionals from a variety of sectors – government, NGOs, private sector, academia and the media. In essence,

organisational capacity building is aimed for through strengthening the skills of the individual and linking those skills to

their job situation. One of the instruments used is the Individual Project, an analysis of a real-world issue currently

being dealt with by the participants’ organisation. Over time a type of “alumni network” is developing – demand

driven by the participants themselves. This has allowed them to interact with course participants form previous years

and from other regions – thus further institutionalising the learning experience. This paper provides an overview of the

innovative approaches used by the programme to encourage that individual capacity development leads to

institutional strengthening and greater effectiveness on the ground. It further makes a qualitative assessment of some

of the impacts of the programme in its third year – at both individual as well as institutional level.

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