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Agri-water mini Share Fair- Overall Report


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The Agri-water mini Share Fair took place on the 3rd February 2011 on the ILRI Campus, Ethiopia. It was organised by the International Water Management Institute with support from Peter Ballantyne, ILRI and Nadia Manning-Thomas, CGIAR ICT-KM/ILRI. This report was compiled using some innovative methods for analysis, reporting and sharing.

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Agri-water mini Share Fair- Overall Report

  1. 1. Date: Thursday 3rd February 2011<br />Location: Large Auditorium, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA<br />Organised by: International Water Management Institute, supported by Peter Ballantyne, ILRI KMIS and facilitated by Nadia Manning-Thomas, CGIAR ICT-KM Program<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />Agri-Water Mini Share Fair: Report<br />
  2. 2. Rationale and Objectives<br /> “Many project meetings going on during same week, all in Addis. So a great opportunity to bring together the different project representatives to exchange information on project scope, objectives, methodologies, to identify areas of overlap, gaps, corresponding and contrasting methodologies and views, leading to a better fit between the projects”<br />Charlotte de Fraiture, Scientist and Project Leader, IWMI in discussions about planning the Agri-Water Share Fair<br />“We need to capitalize on every opportunity we have to really collaborate and know what is going on in different places. This is an excellent opportunity to do that and to network, and to begin to think ahead to future projects.”<br />Quote from Timothy Williams, Africa Director, IWMI on opening the Agri-Water Share Fair<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  3. 3. Agenda Overview<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  4. 4. Getting to know each other<br />Part 1:<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  5. 5. 03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />Activity: ‘Speed dating’<br />Charlotte de Fraiture (IWMI)<br />Meredith Giordano (IWMI)<br />Alexandra Evans (IWMI)<br />Nicole LeFore (IWMI)<br />AditiMukherji (IWMI)<br />RegassaNamara (IWMI)<br />RavinderMlik (IWMI)<br />Barbara van Koppen (IWMI)<br />Steve Cinderby (SEI)<br />Rudolph Cleveringa (IFAD)<br />Ian Wright (Consultant)<br />DomitilleVallee (FAO)<br />Leone Magliocchetti-Lombi (FAO)<br />Timothy Williams (IWMI)<br />Kees Swaans (ILRI)<br />Peter Ballantyne (ILRI)<br />Matthew McCartney (IWMI)<br />Lisa Rebelo (IWMI)<br />WimBastiaansen (Water Watch)<br />Frank van Steenbergen (MetaMeta)<br />Abraham MehariHaile (UNESCO-IHE)<br />…and a few others who came in and out during the course of the day!<br />Participants were given 15 minutes to move around the room and meet as many people as possible and sharing:<br /><ul><li>Name
  6. 6. Where from/live/work
  7. 7. Organisation and position
  8. 8. …what they wanted to be as a child!
  9. 9. Deborah Bossio(IWMI)
  10. 10. Claudius Chikozho (IWMI)
  11. 11. Katherine Snyder (IWMI)
  12. 12. JP Venot (IWMI)
  13. 13. Tilahun Amede (ILRI/IWMI)
  14. 14. Prue Loney (IWMI)
  15. 15. Diego Valbuena (ILRI)
  16. 16. Douglas Merrey (Consultant)
  17. 17. BancyMati (Consultant)
  18. 18. TadelleSelassie (IWMI)
  19. 19. Stefanos Xenarios (IWMI)
  20. 20. Nadia Manning-Thomas (CGIAR ICT-KM/ILRI)
  21. 21. David Molden (IWMI)
  22. 22. LennekeKnoop (MetaMeta)
  23. 23. Nihal Fernando (World Bank)</li></li></ul><li>Share Fair Participants<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  24. 24. Activity: Spectrums<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />Participants were asked to place them physically along a line in the room that represented the following spectrums. ..and were asked to look at where everyone else had placed themselves and also asked why they chose that position<br />
  25. 25. Getting to know the projects<br />Part 2<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  26. 26. Activity: Project presentations<br />AgWater Solutions<br />AWM in Challenging Contexts<br />Rethinking climate change and water storage<br />CPWF NBDC<br />IMAWESA<br />SmartICTs<br />Spate Irrigation network<br />Groundwater<br />The Water Channell<br /> MUS<br />Projects/network/activities were given an opportunity to briefly present an overview about themselves, using a common template which included:<br /><ul><li>Title slide providing project name, lead organisation, key partners, budget, and duration
  27. 27. Map your location
  28. 28. What is the project trying to achieve
  29. 29. What approaches in the project using
  30. 30. Who is the project working with and for
  31. 31. Project unique selling points: 2 things it is good at, and 1 challenge or struggle the project has
  32. 32. Synthesis of these components are found on following slides…</li></ul>4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  33. 33. Check out the Project presentations…<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br /><br />
  34. 34. Who is involved: Funders and Lead organisations<br />Funders:<br />IFAD<br />Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation<br />UNESCO-IHE<br />Cap-Net<br />UNESCO-IHP<br />World bank<br />Challenge Program on Water and Food<br />Danida<br />FAO<br />WSSCC,<br />Other various<br />Lead organisations:<br />MetaMeta<br />Nymphaea<br />IWMI<br />UNESCO-IHE<br />WaterWatch<br />Global MUS Group<br />Others<br />
  35. 35. Who is involved: Key partners<br />UN agencies:<br />FAO<br />UNESCO-IHE<br />Research partners<br />SEI<br />IRC<br />Winrock<br />WRI<br />CGIAR Centres:<br />IFPRI,<br />IWMI<br />Country partners:<br />Ghana: ISSER, WRI <br />Ethiopia: EEA, AMU, OWRB, HU, MoWR<br />Germany: PIK, ZEF<br />Yemen (WEC)<br />Pakistan (SPO, PARC),<br />Sudan (MoWR), <br />Donors:<br />IFAD<br />Projects:<br />IFAD projects, <br />Challenging Contexts<br /> AWM Solutions<br />IDE<br />CH2MHill<br />WaterWatch<br />Basfood<br />DLV-Plant<br />Cap-Net<br />GSE<br />Universities:<br />UDS in Ghana<br />IDS<br />AAU<br />Local partners<br />…and many more!<br />
  36. 36. Budgets<br />
  37. 37. Project durations<br />Smart ICTs<br />MUS<br />MUS<br />Groundwater<br />The Water Channel<br />Projects<br />CPWF (NBDC)<br />Spate Irrigation<br />IMAWESA (2)<br />IMAWESA (1)<br />AWM in CC (3 years)<br />Rethinking CC and storage<br />AWM Solutions (3 years)<br />2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 ….<br />Years<br />
  38. 38. Geographical areas<br /> This is a tag cloud of all the countries mentioned by the projects in their presentations. The varying size of the country names indicates frequency of their mention.<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  39. 39. What do the projects want to achieve…the most common words<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  40. 40. Top 50 words used in describing the projects’ approaches<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  41. 41. Collective strengths:<br />Stakeholder engagement<br />Dialogue with key stakeholders throughout the project<br />Closely working with the national and regional partners to spur widespread innovation, policy influence and institutional strengthening and reform in combination with rainwater management interventions;<br />A lively global community which is learning rapidly about cost-effective knowledge generation on innovative community-driven multiple-use water services<br /> Network<br />Research/Technical capacity<br /><ul><li>Focus on institutional context across scales: from local to National
  42. 42. Climate, hydrological and water resource modeling
  43. 43. Anthropological research
  44. 44. Hydrogeological and socio-economic assessments</li></ul>Evidence<br />Evidence based (!) solutions and business models<br />Objective solid evidence from the field<br />Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building<br /><ul><li>Open source sharing
  45. 45. Cross-basin learning, knowledge sharing and continual communication for adaptive management
  46. 46. Capacity building in AWM and in knowledge sharing skills, and knowledge sharing platform.
  47. 47. Provide local and specific assistance, quasi real time
  48. 48. The largest water related video collection
  49. 49. drawing upon lessons from Asia</li></ul>Implementation and solutions<br /><ul><li>Focus on practicals and do-ables
  50. 50. Implement new projects quickly (DVD package, live streaming, develop materials)
  51. 51. A concrete solution for all investments in water infrastructure, and if well targeted, the best way to use water for empowering women, the land-poor, disabled and other marginalized</li></ul>03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  52. 52. Challenges<br />Partnership<br />Sustaining functional partnership, beyond financial incentives <br />Operationalizing a strong learning alliance to generate and share knowledge in a way that responds to our target group needs, is participatory and inclusive and increases the use of research outputs.<br />Communication, outreach and impact<br />Converting a set of complex information captured in researchy language into a simple slick message appealing to demanding donors and high level policy makers <br />Creative and effective outreach<br />Outreach – linking to relevant government personnel and others<br />Engage much more with people from outside the water world<br />Avoiding that investment programs remain business as usual<br />Project Operation<br />Fund raising is difficult, because of the single-water use silos among donors and disciplinary boxes of scientists, and low costs of e.g. the global MUS Group<br />Time: 3 years isn’t enough!<br />Scope: vast region and many challenges<br />Clients’ challenges<br /><ul><li>Not all beneficiaries having access to water and fertilizers</li></li></ul><li>For more information on Projects/Networks/Activities involved<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />A flip chart sheet was made available for participants to provide websites, blogs or other sources of information on projects and related activities. To the left is what was provided:<br />4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  53. 53. Other related projects/networks/activities<br />Use of ICT’s for delivery of direct subsidies in India<br />Funded by World Bank, <br />Linking farmers and electric utilities<br />[Presented by AditiMukherji]<br />AGWA<br />IWMI is a member<br />Opportunities for scaling up investment in AgWater<br />ESA and WCA and Pan Africa Committees<br />Working with NEPAD and CAADP policies<br />[Presented by Doug Merrey]<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  54. 54. Activity: Projects ‘marketplace’<br />Projects/networks were each given a space in the auditorium to display posters, documents and other materials. Participants were invited to move around the ‘marketplace’ to visit the various projects and learn more about them.<br />4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  55. 55. Project Synthesis and Synergies<br />Part 3<br />4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  56. 56. Activity: Finding the common elements and challenges, observations and Aha! moments<br />All working on agricultural water<br />All working in Ethiopia<br />Not clear on target groups, end users and clients<br />All challenged by outreach—looking to improve<br />Many projects using Learning Alliances as a mechanism—even in same areas<br />Difficult to use websites<br />Information is difficult to access by real users<br />Projects/networks did not share with each other early on—a lot of parallel and overlapping work<br />Common assumption that research will turn into change<br />“Where is the research for development?”<br />There is a vast range of multiple clients<br />After the project presentations, the participants were asked is there were any commonalities across the projects. They were also asked to provide any observations, comments, and Aha! Moments. <br />4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  57. 57. Activity: Group discussion on key cross-cutting topics<br />Data sharing<br />Achieving impact and change<br />Research communication and getting the message out<br />Learning Alliances<br />Understanding the clients<br />Working in similar countries<br />Based on the presentations of the projects and subsequent discussions- a list of topics based on common tasks, challenges and goals was presented back to the participants. They were asked to consider if this was a representative list of topics that could/should be discussed or pursued further.<br />After some discussion and modifications, the participants arrived at a consensus for four main topics(in the blue box) to be the basis for smaller group discussions.<br />The results of the group discussions can be found in the following slides.<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  58. 58. Group 1: Data sharing<br />Harmonise and gather<br />Identify focal persons in each projects<br />Develop inventory booklets saying what data is available<br />Write joint papers where data is integrated and used together<br />Validate data with external sources<br />Incentivize people by putting datasets into IOPs and evaluations<br />4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  59. 59. Group 2: Learning Alliances<br />Develop common understanding on Learning Alliances mechanism through definition and objectives<br />Share what is working or not<br />Explore and share what is already happening and build on that<br />Work together on Learning Alliances<br />Consider the institutional challenges<br />Use an existing platform as a partnership-create joint agenda, events<br />Make use of IMAWESA network<br />4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  60. 60. Group 3: Research communication/getting the message out<br />Thinking about research communication in two ways:<br />Communicating ABOUT the research<br />Communicating THE research<br />Developing key contacts—can share these<br />‘Slick’ communication of the science can happen once the science is ready and has been communicated in its traditional avenues (e.g journals, etc)<br />Develop and share a list of appropriate and successful tools that work for projects<br />Share examples<br />Develop videos<br />What do we mean by project communications?<br />Communications start high and finish high with a lull in the middle and stop at end of project. What do we want our communications to be?<br />We have to communicate about the science, the project and the organization and this needs to start early and the buzz needs to continue throughout the whole project.<br />4/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  61. 61. Continued…Group 3: Research communication/getting the message out<br />Meetings/milestones – different type of communication<br />Slick messages – are the science messages we need to get out when we are ready<br />Tools/template to be given to project at the beginning to help project understand what types of communications are applicable for their project and what tools are best for their type of project. Need to share appropriate tools with each other<br />Even if we have great messages who do we send them to? We need good up-to-date effective contacts lists<br />PLEDGE: Tilahun Amede to give an example on communication through guides<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  62. 62. Group 4: Making change, achieving impact (knowing our clients)<br />Question of who our clients are? Donors, Government (link in with University system), private industry- Multiple clients to satisfy<br />& whether it is possible to change our clients to make change and achieve impact.<br />Donors – not so easy<br />Government – need to keep good people in government (financial incentives to keep them there?) to help train up junior staff to build capacity. We need to help empower government<br />University – involve more in projects – builds local capacity.<br />Private sector – increases competition if they are helped to become involved<br />Long term projects needed – good to see linkages between projects that are finishing and ending<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  63. 63. Continued…Group 4: Making change, achieving impact (knowing our clients)<br />Accountability – who are you accountable to – donor, especially where we are trying to change the way in which the donor invests.<br />Don’t you find it’s so donor driven that we don’t necessarily meet the needs of the countries as per their country plan because donors revert to their comfort zones. We feed into individual projects rather than country processes. <br />We write proposals and over promise. <br />Lack of technical expertise in donor; lack of understanding governments and the constraints that they work under. We need to create solutions that are politically possible to implement.<br />Get inside donors more but also get inside government more.<br />Our target is the poor but do we actually get through to them?<br />Donors are critical for injecting ideas into governments. So on one hand they impose on us but are also useful tools for us to reach governments. <br />But all donor governments also have their agendas. <br />Have we been adequately looking at the capacity that our clients have. <br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  64. 64. Continued…Group 4: Making change, achieving impact (knowing our clients)<br />We go to the people that we want to change far too late. We go when we’ve already got an idea or a funded project. <br />Is it possible to engage these donors to the extent that you can actually influence what they fund?<br />Often only work with one or two people in a ministry and when they leave it falls apart. Would like to see more collaboration with universities and students on projects. <br />We need to get the right technical expertise on development projects. <br />There are lots of people with expertise in country but they are not staying because there is not enough money in it. <br />How do we instill practical experience into young graduates?<br />Should we be building up the water bureaus or private companies?<br />How can we engage government and other stakeholders in the project as project partners not just as boundary partners or invitees to workshops?<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  65. 65. Continued…Group 4: Making change, achieving impact (knowing our clients)<br />Are there things that we as researchers are doing wrong that we should change to achieve impact? Are we competing too much to achieve impact?<br />Continuity is an issue – our intuitional priorities change. <br />To what extent should researchers achieve impact? We should be achieving outcomes but impact are too far away from us. <br />If we want to achieve practical outcomes is it really feasible? What do we need to do to achieve it?<br />Do the clients e.g. donors and NGOs – need to also change the way that they do business. <br />We won’t change the donors and the people they recruit, so do we empower governments more? Do we need to empower the private sector?<br />But the private sector is mainly profit driven. What is their role?<br />How do we introduce these social and political components into our “business models”? <br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  66. 66. Activity: Pledging<br />Pledges:<br />Doug Merrey- success measured by extent to which IFAD changes its investments in response to our suggestions . Pledge to work to better understand IFAD structure to know how/who/when to influence—and will share this information<br />DomitilleVallee- Understand better the gates Foundation and also share solutions and information with FAO<br />Nicole LeFore(IWMI)- set up a virtual space for projects to continue sharing and communicating (e.g Yammer community)<br />Tilahun Amede (IWMI/ILRI)-Involving other projects in the National Platform his program is setting up in Ethiopia around (rain)water management<br />David Molden (IWMI)- IWMI Management team to support better communication on joint topics and across projects<br />During the group work-participants were asked to not only discuss the topics but to come up with possible action points of how the projects could collaborate, share or work together related to those particular topics. After the groups gave their feedback, participants were asked to make ‘pledges’ for tasks or activities to take some of the action points or other ideas forward. Participants were asked to only make pledges that they were serious about carrying out. The pledges made can be seen to the right:<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />
  67. 67. Credits<br />Idea and follow-through: Thank you to IFAD for pushing this idea and to IWMI for following through with it.<br />Planning: Charlotte de Fraiture (IWMI), Nicole LeFore(IWMI), Peter Ballantyne (ILRI), and Nadia Manning-Thomas (ICT-KM Program/ILRI)<br />Report: Nadia Manning-Thomas (CGIAR ICT-KM Program/ILRI)<br />Notes and other information: Alexandra Evans (IWMI), Prue Loney (IWMI), Nicole LeFore (IWMI)<br />Photographs of Share Fair: Nadia Manning-Thomas (CGIAR ICT-KM program/ILRI)<br />Presentations: Thank you to all the projects/network/activities for sharing their information—all information and images are from those projects<br />All the people who helped organise the Share fair and supported is operation on the ILRI Campus.<br />Thank you to all the participants for their time, energy, ideas and commitment to sharing knowledge!<br />03/02/2011 ILRI Campus, ETHIOPIA <br />Water and Agriculture Share Fair<br />