Water, Environment and Business for Development

Strengthening the Capacity of African Stakeholders

 In Policy Brief

AfriAlliance combined a top-down approach (policy analysis) and a bottom-up approach (workshops, surveys and interviews) to analyse the specific capacity needs, in view of Climate Change, of African water practitioners from three key stakeholder groups involved in water management, namely water utilities [WUs], river basin organisations [RBOs], and civil society organisations [CSOs]

The Key Messages of this Policy Brief are:

  1. Collaboration to achieve SDGs 6 and 13 depends on a sound understanding of what the general capacity needs identied at policy level actually consist of at local level.
  2. Strengthening the capacity of water managing organisations to envision how Climate Change will enable them to design (and implement) strategies for water security.
  3. Information on the conditions of water resources and how they may be affected by Climate Change is needed to implement Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
  4. In order to participate in IWRM, communities need to understand climate and water issues and support the search for solutions for the problems they face.
  5. Good governance is crucial to ensure water security amidst Climate Change.
  6. Strengthening capacity at different levels to achieve SDG6 amidst Climate Change (SDG13) requires collaboration and partnerships (SDG17).
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