Developing legitimacy and mandate in programme development – WACDEP in Africa
Developing legitimacy and mandate in programmedevelopment – WACDEP in Africa GWP Regional Days Stockholm, Sweden 23 August 2012
WACDEP in Africa AMCOW – is the African Ministers’ Council on Water . •formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and provision of water supply services. •Brings the African Ministers in- charge of water together •A Special Technical Committee of the African Union
GWP and AMCOW MoU• GWP in Africa developed a working relationship defined thorough an MoU with AMCOW.• However, was not being implemented
WACDEP in Africa The Water Climate and Development Programme is an AMCOW Programme implemented by GWP and is aimed at integrating water security and climate resilience into development processes.
Repositioning GWP in Africa to addressemerging critical challenges• In line with the GWP Strategy 2009 – 2013 interpreted to support AMCOW WorkPlan objectives and Sharm el Sheik Declarations• IWRM as an approach to address emerging critical challenges such as CC
• GWP had no “legitimacy/track record” for climate change and was known for advocating for IWRM• So what was done to get this legitimacy and mandate?
Establishing track record: Documentwhat we have achieved• Highlights political leaders – the IWRM Planning in Africa highlighted GWP’s ability to serve.
Report launched by AMCOW – Highlightedemerging challenges and gave GWP credibilityeffecting the MoU
AMCOW requested GWP to support theimplementation of the Sharm el SheikDeclarations in Abidjan• In Financing Water• In Transboundary Water Management• Climate Change Adaptation
GWP responding to Africa’s challenges• Discussions among GWP-Africa and GWPO on what should be done to support AMCOW and operationalise the MoU
Using the GWP platform to consult in theregionsGWP and AMCOWorganised regionalworkshops to consult onpriorities. Beyond COP 15 – Water,Climate and Developmentin Nairobi (East andSouthern Africa), Beninand Cameroon
Developing a Framework Programme Climate community Development community Water community(UNFCC COP people)Linking Water, Climate and Economic Development agendas, strengthen coordination frameworks, Capacity development, institutional building
GWPO coordinated presentation of Frameworkprogramme in UNFCCC global events to seekinputs from international partners
Contributions from Pan African Meetings –Partner in the Africa Water WeekThe Global Water Partnershipas a partner in implementingthe Africa Water Week usedthe platform for inputs:•Financing Water ResourcesManagement•Water Climate andDevelopment
Framework Programme presented to AMCOWand mandate given In November 2010 in Addis Ababa, AMCOW EXCO issued a decision for GWP and partners to operationalise the Water, Climate and Development Programme
‘In the face of climate change, partnerships such as those launched in the Water, Climate and Development Programme with Global Water Partnership represent a good first step’. Hon. Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa, and President of AMCOW President, at the 3rd Africa Water Week, Nov. 2010 WATER, CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
WACDEP Africa Progamme Programme was developed andmarketed as an AMCOW Programme as part of the AMCOW WorkPlan implemented with GWP as the executing agency
Support political commitmentsIn Africa commitmentshave been made at thehighest level – it isimportant to support theimplementation of these.GWP in Africa supportsthe•Africa Water Vision 2025•The AU Heads of StateSharma el SheikDeclaration
Champions to drive the relationship buildingprocess
Anchor relationships in the region• Relationships in the regions with Regional Economic Communities and RBOs are important and build up to Africa wide engagements.
CONSTANT CONSULTATIONS WITH AMCOW TAC MEMBERS FOR GUIDANCE IS IMPERATIVE