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Pooling Together: Enabling Participation Through Good Governance

Key Words:

  1. Institutional Affairs;
  2. Integrated Water Resource Management;
  3. Legislation and Regulation;
  4. Policy; Skills Development;
  5. Information and Communication Technology;
  6. Governance;
  7. Stewardship;
  8. Smart Cities;
  9. Data Sharing

Challenges within the water sector can be solved through good governance. Efficient institutions with balanced regulation are key for sustainable management and enforcement of water resources. The structure of governance arrangements within and across national borders and through interbasin transfers, is critical to promote effective communication and strong partnerships. At a regional and local scale, stakeholder and community engagement are having greater applicability in the provision of water services, specifically in the delivery of community based water services. An understanding of social engagement structures continue to deliver alternative governance solutions and tools. Water Stewardship remains a significant tool in promoting responsible management of water resources. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are trending consistently and offer opportunities to utilities and services authorities to engage and communicate with their customer base for improved service delivery.

Some Guiding Questions

  • Are relevant institutions getting the basics right and is this a prerequisite to advancing the delivery of services and stakeholder engagement?
  • What can we learn from collective action which includes the private sector and their supply chains more actively engaged in water governance, and how can this be scaled up and out?
  • What can be learnt and applied by sharing water stewardship objectives across government, business and community sectors?