Coordination and Change in the Volta River Basin

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“Given that four research projects have been designed to respond to the Volta Basin Development Challenge (VBDC) of integrated management of rainwater and small reservoirs for multiple uses, the Coordination and Change Project V5, is formulated to orient, align and integrate the VBDC to contribute to poverty reduction and improved livelihood resilience in the Volta Basin. To do this, the project team will apply seven strategies: ensuring and coordinating quality research, fostering change through multi-stakeholder processes, communications, adaptive management, innovation research, gender mainstreaming and capacity development while working in collaboration with the other four projects (V1 – V4) to achieve the VBDC”

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  • How to achieve these? Through four interdependent research projects and one coordination project challenges  and opportunities of working across Ghana and BF (linguistic, cultural, socio-economic, etc)- wider macro economic and political environment in West Africa makes this R4D particularly timely - with BDC taking a multi-scale approach and integrating institutional arrangements, governance issues, technical initiatives and strong hydrology and soil perspective - BDC team is well positioned to contribute to improved livelihoods in the basin- region particularly hard hit by and vulnerable to both global food price hike and global financial changes- Builds on strength of Phase 1, particularly SRP and BFP
  • Actor analysis: relative importance a influence processes involved in decision making, how learning and uptake take place
  • V5 is the repository of information/results of VBDCs
  • Research into use/uptake(the social process of change)
  • Coordination and Change in the Volta River Basin

    1. 1. Project V5 Coordination and Change Olufunke Cofie VBDC Annual Science Reflection Workshop 3-5 July, 2012 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    2. 2. Project Summary “Given that four research projects have been designed to respond to the Volta Basin Development Challenge (VBDC) of integrated management of rainwater and small reservoirs for multiple uses, the Coordination and Change Project V5, is formulated to orient, align and integrate the VBDC to contribute to poverty reduction and improved livelihood resilience in the Volta Basin. To do this, the project team will apply seven strategies: ensuring and coordinating quality research, fostering change through multi-stakeholder processes, communications, adaptive management, innovation research, gender mainstreaming and capacity development while working in collaboration with the other four projects (V1 – V4) to achieve the VBDC” Lead Institution: VBA Partners: GWP, IWMI and INERA Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    3. 3. Strategic Interventions Effective Communications Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta M&E/ Adaptive management Fostering Change through MSP Capacity Development Innovation Research Gender Mainstreaming Research Coordination
    4. 4. 1. Research Coordination How best can we orient and integrate research conducted by BDC Projects V1, V2, V3 and V4 to achieve expected outcome? – is the VBDC research implementation relevant to the issue on the ground? – are projects being implemented in perspectives (e.g considering gender aspect etc.) and delivering on agreed outputs and outcomes? How? -Engage V1-V4, Ensure synergies and interactions between BDC projects, -Customized capacity development to enhance VBDC research ad uptake -Evaluation of 6-monthly reports -Gender audit Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    5. 5. V1 – Targeting and Scaling Out •Guideline on rainwater management strategies (RMS) that improve s farmers livelihood targeted to different biophysical and socio-economic domains •Innovation platforms on crop-livestock value chains •Tools for integrated analysis of RMS V3 – Integrated Management of Small Reservoirs (SR) for Multiple Use •SR management options that improves the livelihood of reservoir water users •SR management that improves the functioning and the resilience of reservoir Watershed V4 – Sub-basin management and governance of RW and SR •Information on governance decisions that combine sustainability, planning concerns and livelihood priorities Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta V5 – Coordination & Change Community V2 – Integrated Management of rainwater for Crop-Livestock Agroecosystems •high quality integrated research results effectively communicated to next and end users provides enabling environment for RW and SR management Basin Identification of successful agricultural water management (AWM) interventions in specific locations and under specific conditions VBDC Research
    6. 6. Project Links • • • • • Review on AWM: completed Joint publication: on-going Policy and institutional analysis: ongoing Volta Storylines and Scenarios (VSS) project: What are the common research threads, that link the different VBDC projects: ongoing What are the interventions that enhance ecosystem services and that could put our target communities in the Volta Basin on a resilient path?: about to start V2 &V4 : on PhD of Balma? V4 & V3 on the PhD on health? Application of V4 participatory tool to validate issues identified by V1, V2 and V3 issues? Further PGIS on the sites of V2, V3 and V4? • Cross cutting topics: MSPs, modeling, …. • • • • Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    7. 7. 2. Fostering Change through multi-stakeholder processes • Stakeholder database • Mapping and analysis • Engagement plan with various levels of stakeholders Region, National Local • Capturing the feedback of end users and other stakeholders • Document and analyse processes for learning Focus on national regional level stakeholders: GWP/VBA platforms Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    8. 8. 3. Communicating VBDC R4D • Internal & External to VBDC. • Multiple actors and scale • Multiple channels and products focused on use not mere production • Compliments project level communication activities Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    9. 9. 4. M&E and Adaptive Management • Ensure learning oriented monitoring in the VBDC • Clear basin level M&E plan based on the V1-V5 impact pathways and harmonised BDC level theory of change • Monitor the Impact Pathway to analyze it for intended outcomes and provide regular feedback • Ensure that V1-V5 is leading to planned outputs and identify triggers that can enhance achievement of VBDC Goal. • Regular reflection meetings. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    10. 10. 5. Innovation Research • Understanding policy processes in agricultural water management sector – IWMI (JP) • Evaluation of the whole spectrum of research and change processes within the BDC for learning and for up/out scaling (Karen) Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    11. 11. V5 Presentations • • • • Policy and institutional analysis Communications Innovation Research M&E Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
    12. 12. Thanks www.volta.waterandfood.org Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta

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