Description/achievement of initiative
Many developing countries have not yet been able to develop and integrate the requisite suite of human and institutional capacities into an effective water management regime.
What is urgently needed is a new water paradigm, one of integrated, holistic capacity development based on country ownership, adaptive homegrown policies, inclusive stakeholder participation and greater equity in the North-South development relationship.
Through partnership with national and regional capacity building networks in integrated water resources management, and as GWP's spearhead for capacity building, with support of IHE, UNDP/Cap-Net supports the establishment of networks and facilitates their access to global information. It also facilitates the exchange of information between the regions and responds to demands from regional and country networks. It aims to improve access to capacity building materials and in partnership with the networks to develop new tools and materials based on capacity building needs analysis. UNDP/Cap-Net strongly advocates local ownership of networks and capacity building activities and materials being developed for integrated water resources management. At the global level Cap-Net takes the role of ensuring access to information and experience for local practitioners. Local adaptation must then take place to ensure cultural and technical relevance to specific country situations. This way local ownership and responsibility is being enhanced. In collaboration of specialized international agencies, UNDP/Cap-Net develops adequate tools and materials to be put at the disposal of regional and country networks based on their demands and to improve their capacities in addressing capacity building for integrated water resources management.
Government of Argentina
Government of Netherlands - DGIS
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (United States of America)
Other intergovernmental organizations:
Global Water Partnership (GWP) (Greece)
AwareNet (eight countries in the Arab Region) ()
CapNet Lanka (Sri Lanka capacity building network) ()
CapNet-Pakistan (Pakistan network) ()
InaCapNet (Indonesian network) ()
LA-WetNet (Latin America network for Central and South America) ()
MyCapNet (Malaysian network) ()
NBCBN-RE (Nile Basin) ()
REDICA (Central America) ()
SaciWATERs (South Asia) ()
SeaCapNet (Southeast Asia) ()
VietCapNet (Vietnam national capacity building network) ()
WA-Net (sixteen countries in West Africa) ()
WaterNet (eight SADC countries) ()