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1 Summary of theme 1 CHALLENGES Uta Wehn de Montalvo 30 May 2013

2 Sub-themes addressed Post Rio+20: increasing and changing demands for knowledge and capacity development Fostering water leaders through standards for water leaders programmes Local knowledge and local ownership of capacity development: changing understanding, roles and relations

3 Post Rio+20 Session 1 Capacity development: key to meeting a water-related SDG General incr. appreciation of importance of CD for a) monitoring progress and b) sustained attainment of SDG digital age: ICTs for CD Recommendations need a single water-related SDG incl. CD need to anchor CD more firmly in SDG debate Next steps produce relevant input to advise UN Water, OWG et al. high level involvement at the subsequent events (e.g. drafting group for Budapest Summit) seek collaboration with CD initiatives for other SDG themes

4 Post Rio+20 Session 2 Challenges and responses for water education in a changing environment General insights Green economy implies major economic and political and economic transition Limited capacity, skills Lack of R&D, insufficient on-the-job training, need for practical and innovative solutions High expectations regarding impact of SDGs for KCD Recommendations Engagement in SDG process, consider required CD for proposed goals Strengthen regional and country networks and regional partnerships, develop (young) professionals’ capacity to cooperate in solving water issues

5 Fostering water leaders Session 3 Exploring water leadership development General insights need for leaders at all levels, not just high; middle management can make difference WLP for participants from diff. countries, cross-cutting skills (vision, communication, etc.) Recommendation tailor-made water leadership programmes at national level with linked sectors (agriculture, forrestry, environment…) leadership modules in existing technical Master programs Next steps adopt 2 pager on standards set up Community of Practice on leadership in water sector

6 Fostering water leaders Session 4 Boosting proficiency in water professionals General insights proposed proficiency certification system: fill a gap in present education systems performance benchmarking & certification: helpful to assess and to know what level of competence is needed for each job refinement; requires greater input from the social sciences Youth leaders: desire to be engaged in this process Recommendation proficiency certification and competency frameworks will be needed to equip organizations to manage the complex challenges of IWRM help to attract more professionals into the sector and provide recognition and incentives for their career development

7 Local knowledge & local ownership Session 5 Strengthening governance capacities to overcome mismanagement and corruption in the water sector General insights water: at high risk of mismanagement and corruption weak governance capacities and systems: worsen situation CD in governance seems to be lagging behind in most DCs. generic element of anti-corruption: leadership Recommendation Social accountability measures Turn to capacity development allies: media and organisations outside the water sector Leadership to create change: CD to target leaders in society Everyone: do everything possible to strengthen governance, start by practicing integrity and accountability.

8 Local knowledge & local ownership Session 6 The local challenge: the role of citizens in capacity development to address their needs General insights Effective CD: map and understand the various stakeholders, their issues and CD needs address local issues incl. stakeholder diversity (e.g. gender, vulnerable groups) conditions for effective CD: stakeholder participation (all CD), ownership and action to address local issues; trust between actors; no recipe for leadership (but coordinator) Recommendation Effective CD: methodological approach; encourage stakeholders to develop & implement actions in their own communities.

9 Purpose of 5th Symposium Thank you for your attention. Dr. Uta Wehn de Montalvo UNESCO-IHE


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