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Perspectives on the Technical  Function  in Southern Africa
Perspectives on the Technical  Function  in Southern Africa
Perspectives on the Technical  Function  in Southern Africa
Perspectives on the Technical  Function  in Southern Africa
Perspectives on the Technical  Function  in Southern Africa
Perspectives on the Technical  Function  in Southern Africa
Perspectives on the Technical  Function  in Southern Africa
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Perspectives on the Technical Function in Southern Africa

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Address to the Global Water Partnership (GWP)'s Consulting Partners Meeting 2009, reflecting on the GWP Technical Function in Southern Africa.

Address to the Global Water Partnership (GWP)'s Consulting Partners Meeting 2009, reflecting on the GWP Technical Function in Southern Africa.

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  • 1. GWP Consulting Partners (CP) Meeting Global Water Partnership for Southern Africa ‘ Perspectives on the Technical Function of GWPSA’ Michael Mutale GWPSA-RTEC Stockholm Sweden 15 August 2009
  • 2. Outline <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>GWPSA Structure & Strategic Goals </li></ul><ul><li>GWPSA Technical Function Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>GWPSA Strategy (2009-2013) Technical Support </li></ul><ul><li>Key Messages </li></ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul>
  • 3. Background <ul><li>GWP Technical Function </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set of functions by which GWP services the knowledge management needs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GWP-SATAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment of GWPSA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern African Water Vision; Framework for Action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need for Sharpening GWPSA Technical Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Reports: 2003 GWPSA; Consulting Partners Governance Task Force </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GWPSA CP 2004 agreement on a small technical group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st Set of Constituted RTEC (2005-2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current RTEC Established (2008-2011) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GWPSA Technical Function Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advancing the subject of IWRM and providing substantive guidance and policy support to regional and country water partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GWPSA RS(2009-2013) focuses on strengthening technical expertise at all levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GWPSA RS has set out Strategic goals and Outcome Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GWPSA SBP (2009-2013) 5-year Programmatic instrument for RS implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  • 4. GWPSA Structure & Strategic Goals <ul><li>GWPSA Governance Structure’s 4 distinct organs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consulting Partners - highest decision-making body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Partnerships (RWPs/CWPs) - support IWRM implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Steering Committee - steers the operations of the partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secretariat - coordination/management/administration of all GWPSA activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Staff - provide day-to-day technical support in the Secretariat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RTEC - provides technical backstopping to Secretariat and the Partnership as a whole </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>GWP SA’s 4 Strategic Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put IWRM in the region into practice at all levels/scales & across different sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address critical development challenges in region & use IWRM as entry point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure Effective knowledge management & communications in the region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build a more effective Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategic Goals’ clusters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Goals 1&2 are ‘Programmatic Goals’ - highlight what is to be done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Goals 3&4 are ‘Enabling Goals’- summarize how capacity can be built </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. <ul><li>5 member RTEC Team Expertise: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge Mgmt/Communications & Partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finance/TBWRM/Legal/Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agric/Rural Dev/Climate Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disaster Risk Reduction/TBWRM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Financing/ Climate Change/TBWRM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Major Current RTEC Outputs to date </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed the outline of the GWPSA Strategic Business Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development 10 PCNs along two focused strategic goals (1&2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review of Partnership & Institutional Dev Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GWP TEC publication “ Investing in infrastructure: The value of an IWRM Approach” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical representation of GWPSA in Regional /International Meetings (UNDP and Danish Ministry – Copenhagen ) /Zambezi Stakeholder Forum-CCA-TBWRM </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>GWPSA Secretariat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided support services to RTEC & work coordination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul></ul>GWPSA Technical Function Outputs
  • 6. GWPSA Strategy 2009-2013 Technical Support <ul><li>GWPSA Outcome Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing PCNs for 5 year programme </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Boundary Actors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing Strategic messages of influence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Management Function support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generating Information by extracting it from partners & close strategic allies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organising information into knowledge products & ultimately wisdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing Information with targeted boundary actors (dialogue, policy briefs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons being drawn in implementing Outcome Mapping, evaluating & able to develop and evaluate knowledge products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment of who does what and at what level – crucial </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Addressing Role of IWRM in Economic Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global TEC/RTEC Interaction in developing technical papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeting key messages to policy makers in specific countries at a time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Piloting dialogue at country level – draw lessons for technical paper’s input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Key Messages <ul><ul><li>The technical function is the responsibility of the entire network and not only one part of it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The roles, capacities, resources, level of organisation, communication and coordination amongst all the GWP structures are critical to strengthening GWPSA’s technical function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A regional professional network is important to link countries within the region and also link the region to global processes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global TEC’s position is vital in responding to critical challenges through conveyance of timely strategic messages, such promoting the role of IWRM in Climate Change Adaptation at global level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening of Global-Regional-Country level linkages will intensify the richness character of GWP as network phenomenon </li></ul></ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul>
  • 8. <ul><li>“ Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Mutale </li></ul><ul><li>GWPSA – RTEC </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> 15 August 2009 </li></ul>

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