IWRA Webinar – N°12

Water Governance Principles

15 February 2018

The IWRA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were glad to host a joint webinar on “Water Governance Principles” on February 15th, 2018.

This webinar brought together a unique cross section of both practitioners and academics to explore case studies and applications for the OECD Water Governance Principles.  Our panellists were particularly able to focus on questions about where the gaps remain as well as the missing links in the governance framework.  Different groups such as youth, layers of institutions at national level ministry, and key project financing, were identified.  Speakers and participants also agreed that much more work needs to be done to see how these principles could be put into practice and to continue looking at case studies that would further explore these issues.  The OECD will be unveiling further research at the World Water Forum in Brasilia.

More than 205 registrants participated in this webinar, and speakers included Aziza Akhmouch (Director of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development, OECD), Claude Menard (Professor Emeritus, Economics, Sorbonne Université de Paris), Susana Neto (Senior Researcher, University of Lisbon), Uta Wehn (Associate Professor, IHE – Delft), and Pierre-Alain Roche (Advisory Council of the Ministry of Sustainable and Inclusive Development, France). This event was moderated by Scott McKenzie (PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia).

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Presentations can be download by clicking on the titles below:

New IWRA-OECD Webinar on Water Governance Principles (15 Feb, 4PM) !

The IWRA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are glad to announce and invite all interested parties to its next joint webinar on “Water Governance Principles” to take place on February 15th, 2018, from 16:00 to 17:30 (CET).

Participation is free and open to all!  Audience questions are encouraged.

The OECD Water Governance Principles were designed to provide time and scale specific directions for governments to address present and future water concerns.  These allow governments and the broader range of stakeholders to draft and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies.  This webinar will explore places and ways that these principles contribute to robust water governance.  The webinar topics include:

  • Addressing the policy-implementation gaps in water services: the key role of meso-institutions.
  • Stakeholder engagement in water governance as social learning: lessons from practice.
  • OECD principles on water governance in practice: an assessment of existing frameworks in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America.
  • The evolution of water governance in France from the 1960s: disputes as major drivers for radical changes within a consensual framework.


  • Aziza Akhmouch, Director of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development, OECD
  • Claude Menard, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Sorbonne Université de Paris
  • Susana Neto, Senior Researcher, University of Lisbon
  • Uta Wehn, Associate Professor, IHE – Delft
  • Pierre-Alain Roche, Advisory Council of the Ministry of Sustainable and Inclusive Development, France


  • Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

This 90-minute webinar is based on themes discussed in the special issue of our flagship publication, Water International and in our forthcoming policy brief.  These additional resources are designed to help academics, dedicated practitioners, and policy professionals further explore these timely themes.