Introduction to CPWF Topic Working Groups


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This presentation was given on Tuesday 18th January 2011 in Laos at the CPWF Basin Leaders Meeting. This presentation serves to introduce the concept of the Topic Working Groups that the CPWF is championing.

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Introduction to CPWF Topic Working Groups

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