SIWI is implementing a regional Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme for the Middle East and North Africa region in collaboration with regional and local partners from 2014 to 2017. The programme is funded by Sida and builds on extensive experience gained from similar capacity building programmes in other regions. It has the political endorsement in the five Project countries and on December 4, 2014 it was officially labelled by the 43 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme in MENA
Develop capacities of the different water stakeholder groups at different governance levels in the MENA region thereby improving transparency and accountability practices in water resources management
Water scarcity in the MENA region is not only a result of physical water shortage, but is also linked to lack of good governance structures, high water demand, and low levels of trust between different parties sharing the same water resource. Poor resource management, insufficient capacity, lack of institutional integrity, bureaucratic inertia and a shortage of new investments further undermines effective governance of water and lead to conflicts at the local, national and regional level. Although most of the countries in the region have already developed comprehensive and precise water laws and policies, many face significant challenges when implementing them.
Most of the region’s countries have already constructed significant water resource infrastructure, but the effectiveness of water governance and management has often lagged behind, particularly in relation to transparency, accountability, and participation
Good governance of the water resources will increase the water use efficiency. In addition, better water management at the resource level is necessary in order to manage the effective and equitable allocation between existing uses and the growing needs of urban and industrial sectors. Hardware solutions to these challenges are not, by themselves, sufficient.
Combine peer learning and professional mentorship. Focus explicitly on behavioural change i.e. to be able to translate knowledge acquired through the trainings into actual pro-integrity changes on the ground.
Conduct a series of workshops and training at different levels, using interactive learning methods such as discussions, role play, group exercises and experience sharing. Each of the trainings is adapted to the relevant capacity need of the target groups in this region
The programme combines a series of trainings at different levels. By combining peer-to-peer learning and professional mentorship in a participatory learning environment, the programme has an explicit focus on behaviour change i.e to be able to translate knowledge acquired through the trainings into actual pro-integrity changes on the ground.
Five Rapid Assessments of the Water Integrity Risks and Capacity Needs for each of the target groups have been carried out in all five pilot countries by the national partners. The results have informed the adaptation of the training materials and a synthesis report will present the main findings on the regional level.
To kick-start the capacity building activities a Training of Trainers Workshop was held on December 1-5 2014 in Tunis, Tunisia with the objective of creating a pool of water integrity trainers in the MENA Region, as well as validating the adapted training materials.
Twenty national training workshops have now been held in the five Project countries. These national workshops were officially launched after a presentation about the programme at the 3rd Arab Water Week, by the Dead Sea, Jordan, and the first regional training workshop “Water Integrity for MENA Region” took place directly after on 14-15 January 2015.
UfM made an official launch of their labelling to the programme after the second regional training workshop, at the the Regional Knowledge Sharing Forum RKNOW organised by IUCN-ROWA and partners on 12-14 May, 2015.
Five high-level advocacy workshops are being organised in the Project countries to further support decision makers on improving water governance.