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