Including all: participatory approaches in water governance and programmes
Public participation has widely been recognized as essential for sustainable water resources and services management. An extensive multi-disciplinary literature draws attention to the broad benefits of ensuring wider consultation processes. but significant challenges remain to enable wider democratization and public participation in water governance. Insights from other recent reports about social inclusion in WASH and IWRM programmes will be shared too.
Inclusive participatory processes and programmes, when adequately implemented, have the potential to give voice to users who have historically been left-out of public decision-making. However, if not designed to be intentionally inclusive, these processes may generate harmful impacts and perpetuate inequalities among societies. The event will include of an ignite speech calling attention to trends and innovative approaches related to inclusive governance and case studies, highlighting different aspects of inclusive participation as well as approaches and tools to integrate social inclusion in different phases of a programme cycle. Presentations will be followed by interactive work group breakouts, focusing on challenges and approaches unique to IWRM, WASH and transboundary water management. The Showcase will conclude with session participants, feeding into a set of recommendations to improve inclusive participation in water, sanitation and water management projects.
09:00 Key note speakers WASH projects and framework for analysis
Alejandro Jiménez, SIWI
09:10 Watershed-Empowering Citizens” programme Operational model social inclusion in WASH/IWRM programmes.
Sara Ahrari, Simavi
9:20 Presentation from stakeholders
- Nile basin: Women in Water Diplomacy
Belaynesh Birru, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia
- Kenya: Including people with disabilities. Water Action groups (KWAHO) (Video presentation).
Felix Brian Kwena, Watershed
- Bangladesh: Nomadic groups
Mohammed Zobair Hassan, DORP
- Bangladesh: Pro-poor initiatives
Dr Akramul Islam, BRAC
- Indigenous peoples
09:50 Group discussion
10:10 Plenary feedback of groups, wrap-up, Q&A
10:30 End of session
Policy Brief: Water diplomacy: Facilitating dialoguesWhat does diplomacy have to do with water? Can water diplomacy lead to peace? Is cooperation over transboundary surface and ground waters the exclusive domain of diplomats and foreign policy experts? Or mainly the purview of water professionals negotiating agreements on the management of shared water resources? Why should for example NGO representatives be involved in transboundary water dialogues and what is the most effective setting? This Policy Brief examines these questions that lie at the heart of debates and dialogues around why there is a need for water diplomacy.
Socially inclusive WASH programminghttps://simavi.org/quick-read/report-launch-socially-inclusive-wash-programming/
This working paper document presents the result of a study conducted by the Watershed-Empowering Citizens Programme analysing how social inclusion is included in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) projects and programmes.
Quick-scan of socially inclusive Integrated Water Resources Managementhttps://www.ircwash.org/sites/default/files/084-201904dgis_joint_paperdef_web.pdf
This document presents the results of a quick-scan study conducted by IRC on behalf of the Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) department in the Directorate for International Development Cooperation (DGIS), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Netherlands.