Alliance for Water Stewardship;
Businesses increasingly recognize that partnering with stakeholders can help them better address their greatest water-related risks. Donors are investing in these partnerships to leverage private sector involvement for sustainable water management. Although the case for water stewardship partnerships appears strong, it comes with governance challenges for all parties involved.
There is still much to learn to move from short-term projects with positive local impact to long term shifts for better water governance and societal benefits. While good practices are regularly brought to international attention, the perception of ‘bad practice’ can undermine the opportunity these partnerships present. Two key inter-related questions urgently need addressing:
The seminar will explore:
a) how to design and establish high-integrity partnerships that serve the public interest;
b) how to conduct participatory water risk assessments to develop broad consensus on priorities and build momentum for collective action;
c) how to strengthen public sector capacity and policy implementation;
d) how to transparently monitor, evaluate and communicate impacts. Audience inputs will contribute to a framework for assuring integrity in water stewardship partnerships.
09:00 Opening and introduction
Part 1 - Managing Integrity: How to Improve the Impacts and Effectiveness of Corporate Water Stewardship Initiatives that Serve the Public Interest
09:10 Scene Setters:
09:30 Fishbowl panel discussion
1) Do the key integrity risks presented by the scene setters reflect your experience with WSIs and do you sense the operating principles are adequate to address such WSI integrity risks?
2) What are the key contextual factors (i.e., situation within the river basin) that most influences integrity issues relating to an WSI (i.e., what are some of the key barriers/challenges in managing the integrity of an WSI)?
10:15 Discussion round with audience
10:30 Coffee Break
Part 2 - Reflecting on water stewardship collective action within the context of broader water governance
11:00 Scene Setters:
11:20 Fishbowl panel discussion
1) What are some of most important ways that WSIs can improve or undermine water governance at the watershed level?
2) What are important safe guards that can be implemented to ensure that the capacity of public entities is not undermined or negatively influenced?
12:10 Discussion round with audience
12:25 Concluding remarks
Gavin Power, Head, CEO Water Mandate; Deputy Director, UN Global Compact
12:30 Close of seminar
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