Public Private and Civil Society Platforms for Development

Sunday 23 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: FH 307
Photo: World Bank Water and Sanitation Program

Effective integrated water resources management projects are by nature cross-sectorial, bringing together a wide variety of partners from government, civil society, the private sector and bilateral agencies.

A Multistakeholder platform (MSP) can bring together the wide range of actors needed to develop successful IWRM projects, and ensure that the project selection and development process is open, transparent and inclusive.

These platforms can mobilise political support at the highest level, attract funding through innovative partnerships, and engage with communities to ensure they receive the maximum benefits possible.

2030 WRG will present examples of successful multistakeholder partnerships it has facilitated, and some of the water projects these MSPs have implemented.   Representatives from government, private sector and civil society from Peru, India and other countries will explain how they work together on these initiatives, providing water for development and reducing water stress.

Selecting priority projects and obtaining funding is a key step in implementation.  2030WRG will present innovative financial tools and prioritisation techniques used to deliver projects.  These attract new funding into the sector, ensuring that multi-purpose projects are not overlooked, and making sure that resources are available for key projects that address political, social and environmental needs while closing the water gap.

Programme

Public Private and Civil Society Platforms for Development

Effective integrated water resources management is by nature cross-sectorial and requires engagement from a variety of partners including government, civil society, the private sector and development partners. A Multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) can accelerate action on water by bringing together key actors needed to support and scale up water solutions whilst ensuring that the process of prioritization and project implementation is transparent and inclusive. These platforms can mobilise political support at the highest level, attract funding through innovative partnerships and engage with communities to safeguard the public good aspects of water for socio-economic growth.

This seminar is hosted by the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), a public-private-civil society partnership. 2030 WRG facilitates open, trust-based dialogue processes to drive action on water resources reform aimed at closing the gap between water demand and supply in water-stressed developing countries. The session aims to demonstrate the potential of action-oriented multi-stakeholder partnerships on water resources management in such diverse contexts as Peru, India, South Africa and the newly initiated Kenya 2030 WRG Partnership.

This interactive discussion will further explore key success factors and lessons from concrete water initiatives implemented through these MSPs. Through high-level panel discussions with representatives from government, private sector and civil society alongside audience interaction, the focus will be on:

 (1) How priority engagements are identified balancing the needs of different stakeholders and;

 (2) How innovative financing models can be applied for agri-technology acceleration, wastewater treatment and reuse, water conservation and cost-effective water storage infrastructure. 

FINAL PROGRAMME

11:00 Welcome by moderator and framing of the agenda on multi-stakeholder collaboration

  • Moderator Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue

11:05 The role of 2030 WRG in developing solutions to sustainable water resources management by catalyzing multi-stakeholder partnerships

  • Anders Berntell, 2030 Water Resources Group

Global perspectives on the 2030 WRG engagement by 
André Fourie, SABMiller

11:20 Panel discussion on strategic prioritization of engagements and the case for collective action: Lessons from Peru, India, South Africa and Tanzania

  • Rajendra Singh, Tarun Bharat Sangh and 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate
  • Obey Assery, Prime Minister’s Office of Tanzania 
  • Meenakshi Sharma, SABMiller India
  • Mercedes Castro, Agualimpia, Peru

11:40 Panel discussion on innovative financing and the viability of different financing models and instruments

  • Aravind Galagali, Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited, Government of Karnataka, India
  • Oksana Nagayets, IFC

12:00 Q&A session with the audience

12:20 Summary and wrap-up by moderator