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Information about GlobalWaterOperators PartnershipUNHabitat

Published on March 27, 2008

Author: Oceane


World Bank Water Week Washington, February 2007:  World Bank Water Week Washington, February 2007 Proposal to Establish a Global Water Operators Partnership (Second Draft) Presented by Bert Diphoorn Ag. Director, Human Settlements & Financing Division UN-HABITAT “HASHIMOTO ACTION PLAN”:  “HASHIMOTO ACTION PLAN” The Compendium of Actions (COA) – “Hashimoto Action Plan” - was announced by the UNSGAB during the 4th World Water Forum One recommendation of the Action Plan is a proposal to create and implement a global mechanism to promote WOPs The WOPs has received approval and support worldwide, including the UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank, amongst others. Rationale and Underlying Premise for WOPS:  Rationale and Underlying Premise for WOPS The burden of meeting the enormous global WATSAN challenge (effectiveness, efficiency, financial soundness etc) rests with the key players in the sector operating in urban areas (including small urban centres) The rationale to establish the WOPs stems from concern about the risk of missing the MDG targets on WATSAN The underlying premise for WOPs is that: capacity building and retention, facilitated by networking and mentoring (through partnerships) can equip key players in the sector to play a crucial role in meeting the challenge facing the sector Actions Undertaken:  Actions Undertaken Regional capacity building workshops have been held in Asia (Bangkok) in October and in Africa (Nairobi) in December, and consensus arrangements achieved during these workshops In Asia, the Asian Development Bank and the Global Water Partnership have signed a cooperation agreement covering, among others, the implementation of the WOP initiative in the Asia Pacific region, with a key task to set up water utility networks in the region. WSP – AF has agreed to support the implementation of the WOP in Africa, in collaboration with the African Development Bank and UN-HABITAT. UN DESA Latin American WOPS Conference in Brazil (end May) IWA – Northern WOPS Conference in May Design of WOP:  Design of WOP WOP is designed to: have inherent mechanisms for improving mutual cooperation, with a focus on the key players operating in the water and sanitation sector (both public and private) exploit the valuable experiences and lessons learned from well performing utilities for the benefit of others provide WATSAN utility operators with a platform that would allow them to systematically communicate and share knowledge, and build their own capacity through a “learning by doing approach”, and providing mutual support among themselves MISSION:  MISSION The mission of the proposed Global WOP will be determined in a participatory way by its members. Start-up mission is: “to promote improved performance of operators of WATSAN systems through mechanisms for direct partnerships and networking to facilitate a process of “learning by doing” amongst them to enhance their capacities” FUNCTIONS:  FUNCTIONS The key functions and services of the Global WOP will include: Serving as a framework for advocacy and lobbying for water utilities at international, regional and national forums Promoting effective capacity building tools, experiences and best practices, acting as a broker for water and sanitation utility needs and demands including proposal development and cooperative and pooled purchasing Information provision and dissemination, including information on employment opportunities for returning nationals and the establishment of a bibliography of best practices FUNCTIONS (Contd):  FUNCTIONS (Contd) Networking through personal and electronic contacts, providing one another with feedback on experiential learning Establishing a web based platform to facilitate sharing and exchange of lessons and experiences (e.g. a “question and answer forum” where members could post questions and receive answers) Hosting of annual conventions as well as specialist technical events driven by demand from members Facilitating issue of labour-management (the whys and hows) as a tool in utility management. Guiding Principles:  Guiding Principles These functions will be guided by the following principles: Avoiding duplication of work by others, while seeking to complement and enhance Supporting and facilitating on-going partnerships Learning from regional experience and organizing international exchange of experience Learning from the successes and failures of the past, especially, identifying weaknesses and strengths of past twinning arrangements Guiding Principles (contd):  Guiding Principles (contd) Ensuring that the knowledge receiving partner has a voice on what it needs to learn Promoting south-south networking, and stimulating exchange of knowledge on a north-south basis Universal access Accountability, transparency, simplicity and feasibility of operational mechanisms STRUCTURE OF WOPS:  STRUCTURE OF WOPS It is envisaged that eventually, there will be WOP at three levels, namely, global, regional and national levels. The Global WOP will help to strengthen and coordinate existing Regional WOPs and help nurture the establishment of new regional and national level WOPs as the need arises. Global WOP:  Global WOP At the global level it is envisaged that there would be a WOP Centre to support the regional and national WOP. The staffing for the centre will comprise: WOP Project Manager (who must be a former utility manager) Communications Expert Capacity Building Expert, and Support staff Junior Program Officers will be recruited (preferably on secondment from donors) as the need arises in due course Proposed Activities of Global WOP:  Proposed Activities of Global WOP The activities of the global WOP Center will include: Analyse and review existing partnerships Identify and support existing (successful/struggling) or evolving partnerships Provide support for the establishment of other partnerships based on expressed needs and demands Undertake an assessment of existing WATSAN services delivery practices Identify and document best practices in WATSAN service delivery Develop and maintain a database of best practices Develop a communication strategy (and tools) for WOP Facilitate the sharing/exchange of best practices in WATSAN service delivery among the partnerships Proposed Activities of Global WOP (Contd):  Proposed Activities of Global WOP (Contd) Support and promote benchmarking activities within the national and regional WOP in liaison with IB-Net Investigate existing capacity building programmes and reasons for their success or failure Support the development of capacity building tools for enhancing capacities within the partnerships Develop and implement pilots based on new mechanisms for "knowledge transfer contracts"(including management/ service contracts and twinning arrangements based upon transparency and accountability principles). Develop of financial instruments Support the organization of regional WOP conferences, workshops etc Organize global stakeholder conferences and conventions Detailed information on the terms of reference for the Center and the two units is available in the proposal. Membership :  Membership Membership of the Global WOP will be open to: regional WOPs, international institutions, international and regional associations, as well as networks that work with or support regional and national WOPs. Regional WOPs:  Regional WOPs The key to a strong Global WOPs lies in the strength of Regional WOPs. At the regional level, WOPs mechanisms would best be implemented existing key partners including : regional financial institutions (like the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, or the Inter-American Development Bank), regional and/or sub-regional associations of water utilities such as the South East Asian Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN), the African Water Association (AfWA), Water Utilities Partnership (WUP) and regional chapters of the International Water Association as well as networks/partnerships, and regional governmental bodies. Management, Hosting and Governance:  Management, Hosting and Governance A Secretariat will be established at the Global WOP centre to manage the affairs of the Global WOP The Center will be hosted by the UN-Habitat, and located within its Water, Sanitation and Infrastructure Branch. Steering Committee:  Steering Committee There will be a Steering Committee which will be responsible for providing advice on the work plan of the Global WOP, and serve as a forum for south-south dialogues. The Steering Committee will meet at least once a year. As far as possible, Steering Committee meetings will be held back-to-back with major international meetings. About half the membership of the Steering Committee will be representatives of water operators Membership of SC:  Membership of SC Proposed membership of the Steering Committee will be as follows: Chair: UN-Habitat Regional WOP representatives (one per region?) Representative from the UNSGAB Representative from an international professional organization (IWA) Representatives of external support agencies (The World Bank, a Representative of the Regional Banks, and a Representative of donors) Local government representative Civil society representative International NGO representative UN Water representative INITIAL ACTIVITIES :  INITIAL ACTIVITIES Formulate the WOP project (ongoing) Initiate donor consultations (ongoing) Initiate at least four regional meetings (in Sub-Saharan Africa, latin America, Asia [Pakistan], and in the North [IWA] Initiate staff recruitment Start Global WOP Center activities Develop network and communications software Launch the Global WOP (Stockholm WWW 2007) Hold first meeting of the Steering Committee Hold first Annual convention – Singapore/ADB January 2008 Slide21:  WOPS Activity Schedule – Dec 2006 – Feb 2008 Slide22:  Table 1: Budget for the 1st Year Slide23:  Thank You Water Supply and Sanitation Issues:  Water Supply and Sanitation Issues Population growth outpaces infrastructure development Intermittent supply Tariffs artificially low High NRW levels Inadequate HR development Weak customer service Slide25:  Need for innovative and aggressive action to address sector needs!

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