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.

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Perspectives on the Technical Function in Southern Africa

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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>