European Commission / Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation / United States Agency for International Development

Donors’ Water Strategies under the 2030 Agenda

Wednesday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH 202

The rising importance of water in the development agenda is proven by a dedicated SDG on water as well as by the fact that water is integrated into more that 90% of the NDC adaptation chapters. A new dynamic is needed to actually deliver on SDG 6 and other water-related goals and targets. How do donors react to this? The event presents and discusses donors’ water strategies of the post 2015 era. Several donors have put forward new strategies like Germany’s BMZ or Swiss SDC,  or work on guidance documents like the EU.

In what aspects are donor’s strategies reshuffled: How are they aligned to the SDGs (like the rising importance of water resources management or hygiene i.e.)? In what aspects are interlinkages better represented than in the past? And how is the Paris Agreement mainstreamed?

Selected donors are invited to present (aspects) of their strategies, and of their approaches to to avoid trade-offs and create synergies across sectors. BMZ has developed a new instrument, “interlinkages strategies” on developed jointly between sectors and owned by them collectively. The water strategy is to be accompanied by 6 such strategies, e.g. one on “water, environment and climate change".

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


14.00-14.05 Welcome Remarks
Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, BMZ

14.05-14.20 Donors’ Water Strategies – An overview highlighting common topics and unique approaches
Eileen Hofstetter, SDC

14.20 - 14:30 Ignite talks
• Mike Muller, University of Witwatersrand
• Katrin Gronemeier, GIZ

14.30 - 15.00 Panel Discussion
• James M. Peters, USAID
• Antton Keto,  Ministry of Environment, Finland
• Ylenia Rosso,  EU DEVCO
• Franz Marré, BMZ
• Eileen Hofstetter,  SDC

15.00 - 15.20 Audience discussion

15.20 - 15.30 Close of session
Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk,  BMZ