Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; and Water Futures Partnership
Alliance for Water Stewardship and United Nations CEO Water Mandate
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The dynamics within water resources management are changing with the entry of a powerful actor: the private sector. Corporate water users increasingly perceive water scarcity, quality degradation and flooding as direct business risks. Where these risks are shared by communities and ecosystems, indirect regulatory and reputation risks can also arise for business. Institutional factors, such as weak regulation and governance, are often identified as a significant contributors to the manifestation of these risks. In response, businesses are partnering with NGOs, donors and governments in collective action to attempt to mitigate shared water risks.
However, as companies start to engage in what are often weakly governed systems, how can checks and balances be established to ensure broader society also benefits and corporate policy capture is avoided? What roles can the different actors play to ensure these partnerships are transparent and help to strengthen water governance? How can these partnerships complement existing water sector strategies and strengthen the role of the public sector, rather than initiating parallel activities? This seminar will explore these complex questions and changing dynamics using experiences and lessons from a series of on-the-ground case studies to bring discussions to life.
09:00 Opening Statement. Mr. Franz Marré, BMZ, Germany
At the Coal Face: Building Partnerships to Benefit Society
09:05 Catalysing Impactful Collective Action. Mr. Robin Farrington, GIZ/WFP
09:15 Interview Round 1 – Building Participatory Partnership Processes
09:35 Questions & Answers
09:55 Interview Round 2 – Working for Outcomes that will Benefit Society
10:25 Questions & Answers
10:45 Coffee Break
Moving Beyond Islands of Excellence
11:15 Fishbowl Discussion: How to Ensure Sustainability and Long Term Benefits for Society
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