Asian Development Bank / Global Water Partnership / Stockholm International Water Institute / UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility / University of Pennsylvania

Water governance with and for all: Is it working? (3/3)

Thursday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: L10
Susanna Starck, SIWI

Water governance refers to the political, institutional, social, economic and administrative systems in place that influence water’s use and management. The design and development of water governance arrangements is grounded in the conceptual understanding of cultural, economic, moral, religious and ethical dimensions of allocations. Good multi-level water governance is a prerequisite for leaving no one behind. There is the link between poverty and access to water services and to the anticipation and mitigation of water related risks, including for sanitation and productive water uses. Enhanced access to water is one of the conditions to eliminate poverty with defined mechanisms of delivery to the poor. Pricing arrangements are rarely equitable and financing arrangements often discourage service provision. Drawing on experiences of good practices and failures, the seminar will focus on bench marking and hence calls for the submission of water governance cases from large and small; water abundant or scarce countries.

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


Session 3: “Water Governance for all: How does it work?”

Water governance faces many challenges. This session will unravel the concept and debate whether approaches to water governance have been effective. Following a key note speech, this session will present some of the water governance methods and practices. Come and join us in the debate and discussion!

14:00 Welcome and introduction to the session

Chair: Alejandro Jimenez, UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility

14:10 Keynote: Unravelling the concept of water governance in SDG era

Panchali Saikia, Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden

14:25 The paradox and progress of rural water sustainability in Africa 

Johanna Koehler, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

14:35 Updating Ukraine’s water governance system: From infrastructure to governance-oriented institutions 

Yelysaveta Demydenko, Global Water Partnership, Ukraine

14:45 Quantifying laws and regulations for better water resources management 

Bill Garthwaite, The World Bank Group, United States

14:55 The opportunities in water diplomacy to complement regional water governance 

Erik Salminen, Aalto University Water & Development Research Group, Finland

15:05 Debate and the repeated run of the mentimeter

Moderator: Francois Brikke, Global Water Partnership

15:25 Closing remarks

Amy Syvrud, YSPC member

15:30 Close of session