Lessons from 17 Years of GWP

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LESSONS FROM 17 YEARS OF GWP + Assessment of 2009-2013 GWP Strategy Dr Ania Grobicki Executive Secretary, GWP June 2014

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  • LESSONS FROM 17 YEARS OF GWP + Assessment of 2009-2013 GWP Strategy Dr Ania Grobicki Executive Secretary, GWP June 2014
  • Outcomes of GWP fundraising strategy 2009-2013Outcomes of GWP fundraising strategy 2009-2013
  • GWP Outcomes to 2013: 182 outcomes identified so far in the current Strategy period Steady progress during the Strategy and since 1998 Lower progress in 2013 compared to 2012 : gearing-up water and climate and other thematic programmes Higher incidence of outcomes within programmatic approach since 1998 Still very difficult to quantify and attribute benefits and value added Outcome level governance tools clustered by GWP ToolBox classification 2013 Strategy 2009 to 2013 Total since 1998 A Enabling Environment 16 55 93 B Institutional Roles and Capacity 9 46 100 C Management Instruments 10 81 128 Total: 54 182 321
  • Four Strategic Goals Promote water as a key part of sustainable national development [operational] Address critical development challenges [advocacy] Reinforce knowledge sharing and communication [knowledge] Build a more effective network [partnering]
  • GWP vision Water security A key contributor to sustainable socio-economic well-being and national development Goal 3 Reinforce knowledge sharing and communications Raising awareness, creating and disseminating knowledge, and building capacity Goal 2 Address critical development challenges Develop and advocate solutions to help governments take better decisions to improve resilience Goal 4 Build a more effective network Government, civil society and the private sector strengthen the partnership to improve governance and sustainable funding Goal 1 Promote water as a key part of sustainable national development Governments make water resources management a top priority and invest in its development GWP Strategy : 4 Interconnected goals A theory of change
  • 2010 2011 2012 2013 From outcome mapping to results Identifying plausible linkages between outputs and outcomes Achievement of Progress Markers based on monitoring and reporting GWPs influence on boundary actors
  • Steps in GWPs evolution as a Partnership (I) : Originally accepted both individual and institutional members as Partners from 1996 Partners created Regional Technical Advice Committees in a number of regions (R-TACs) Current Policy on Partners : Only organizations/institutions can become Partners (from 1998 onwards) Any type of organization (government/private sector/NGO) Any water use sector, any level Supporting the Dublin-Rio principles Acting in accordance with the GWP Statutes
  • Emphasis on establishing Partnerships at country and regional levels as neutral multistakeholder platforms for dialogue Accreditation of Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) : a critical mass of Partners in one country various categories and sectors as stakeholders 2002 : GWP Organization (GWPO) established in Sweden as an IGO with 10 Sponsoring Partners (States and UN organizations) R-TACs transformed into Regional Water Partnerships from 2002 Accreditation of RWPs in various regions ongoing the newest region (GWP Central Africa) accredited 2009 RWPs are semi-autonomous entities (Regional Statutes, Regional Steering Committee, Regional Strategy) Steps in GWPs evolution as a Partnership (II) :
  • World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg Plan of Implementation The IWRM mandate : National governments committed to developing national plans for integrated water resources management and water efficiency (by 2005 !) Sponsoring Partners formed GWPO under international public law as an intergovernmental organization, hosted by Sweden What happened in 2002 ?
  • Common vision : Building water security world-wide Innovative structure: Works at all levels in a non-hierarchical way Promotes inter-regional learning and knowledge-sharing Supports joint initiatives the art of partnership! The multiplier effect Dimensions of Partnership : Interdisciplinary / Intersectoral / Govt business civil society Some lessons from 17 years of GWP:
  • (with important variations from region to region) - 27% government/public sector - 12% private sector - 35% NGOs - 19% academic / research / professional orgs - 7% other (eg. international orgs, media) KEY STRENGTHS : A neutral multistakeholder platform Inclusive yet clear structures at all levels Strong knowledge base Moving from advocacy to implementation Overall structure after 17 years of GWP :
  • Analysis of GWP partners by type and across regions 121 new partners in the 12 month period Oct 2012 to Oct 2013 total: 2844 partner organisations in Oct 2013
  • Summing up GWP An innovative action network Knowledge base Policy base Action network Partnership at all levels + a network on the ground
  • The second step in the evolution of GWP : A partnership supported by an IGO (2002)
  • GWP: Network, Partnership and InterGovernmental Organization A partnership is not the sum of its parts, it is the product of the parts' interaction.
  • Challenges : # 1 : Working in partnership Difficult to demonstrate attribution # 2 : Working at the policy level Difficult to demonstrate impact on the ground Difficult to assess numbers of beneficiaries Moving from policy to implementation #3 : A voluntary association (not fee-based) Constant challenge to raise funding at local level, at country level, at regional level, and at global level Some lessons from 17 years of GWP:
  • Financial Partners (core funding) Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom Designated fund providers (multilaterals) Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Commission Regional, national, local support (incl.private sector etc) Finland, USA, Coca Cola, etc Voluntary and in-kind contributions from Partners $64million question : How are we funded?
  • BUILDING FOCUS AND SUBSTANCE : 2009 : Strategy update Building climate resilience through water security 2011 : Future Directions Climate change Food security Urbanization Transboundary waters Financing water management 2013 : Thematic focus areas proposed following participatory global/regional strategy process Climate change Food security Urbanization Transboundary waters Ecosystems Energy security
  • Thank you ! A growing international network since 1996