Introduction to the CPWF Topic Working Groups

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  • 1.
    • Basin Leader Meeting
    • Topic Working Groups: The Basics
    • Sophie Nguyen Khoa
    • & the Challenge Program Management Team,
    • Challenge Program on Water and Food
    • Vientiane, Lao PDR
    • 18 January 2011
  • 2. What is a TWG? What it is not?
    • Community of people sharing interest on a topic
    • A mechanism to foster learning & produce outputs across basins (e.g. synthesis, IPG)
    • An interface between the CPWF and the global community
    • Diverse and wide range of models for implementation
    • An iterative learning process
    • Topic in one basin - even though of high interest from the basin perspective
    • A one-off initiative like a study tour in several basins
    • Additional funding to do your research in your project/basin
    • A blueprint to do cross-basin research
    • A ‘command & control’ approach
  • 3. Cross-basin learning Cross-basin learning through TWGs BDC
  • 4. CPWF with TWG CPWF without TWG
    • More than 6 basin research programs
    • More synthesis outputs
    • Contribution to key messages at program and global level
    • Enhanced cross-basin learning, fasten progress
    • Increased exchange between CPWF & global community
    • A set of basin research programs
    • Lack of synthesis research, outputs
    • Difficulty to draw program & global messages from basin outputs-outcomes
    • Focus on basin research & implementation
  • 5. What is a TWG in Practice? (WHO)
    • A Core Team
      • TWG Leader (min. of 30 days/yr)
      • MT-contact person: TWG MT-Lead
      • Basin champions
      • Possibly external experts
    • A Larger Community
      • Interested people within the CPWF
      • Interested people outside the CPWF
  • 6. What is a TWG in Practice? (HOW)
    • Role of the TWGL with core team in demonstrating that it’s worth engaging in it (buy-in, engagement) – build on the added-value of the TWG
    • Needs to be inspiring
    • Internal and external communication
    • To be discussed with you…
  • 7. First set of Topic Working Groups
    • Resilience of water & food systems (Resilience)
    • Multiple-Use of water (Multiple-Use)
    • Global Drivers of change (Global Drivers)
    • Learning to Innovate (L2i)
    • Criteria for selection:
    • interest in the majority of CPWF basins
    • potential for impact beyond basin level
  • 8. Strengths vs. Challenges
    • Innovation
    • Built on interest
    • Flexibility, adaptability
    • Diversity (size, scope, etc.)
    • Seeking commonalities amongst numerous and various approaches/methods applied (e.g. Multiple-Use TWG)
  • 9. How could a successful TWG look like?
    • Growing bigger: more people joining the group (within and/or outside the CPWF)
    • Attracts interest in the global community, profile on the global agenda
    • Attracts extra funding as a result of growing interest
    • Model or results used by other programs such as CRP5
  • 10. CGIAR CRP5 Draft Proposal
  • 11. Emerging Topics
    • Benefit sharing mechanisms
    • Research to Policy (Africa)
    • Spatial analysis
    • Modeling
    • RWM
    • Other emerging topics from the BL meeting
    • (open space for further discussion on Thu)
  • 12. A role for the BLs
    • BLs are part of this mechanism
    • Interface between the TWGLs and the championing project teams
    • Contribute to internal communication e.g. report on interest and new ideas of project teams
    • Contribute to motivating and getting buy-in from project teams
  • 13. How would this translate into your BDC? What, Who & How?
    • What?: which topics in your basin? Including emerging topics
    • Who?: who are the potential champions?
    • How?: how to make this happen, how to keep the momentum and how to support champions
    • - What is the role of the Basin leaders?
    • - What is the role of the project teams?