From 27 to 29 November 2013, the intended activities and outcomes of BEWOP (Boosting Effectiveness in Water Operator Partnerships) will be presented and discussed at the GWOPA General Assembly in Barcelona. This will be the last out of three inception workshops, intended to involve different stakeholders.
BEWOP is a 5-year research and outreach initiative aimed at boosting the effectiveness of WOPs (Water Operator Partnerships) around the world. BEWOP, launched in September 2013, is a collaboration between UNESCO-IHE and UN-Habitat’s Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA), the organization leading the global WOPs movement.
BEWOP aims to address a potential paradox of the WOPs approach: operators are uniquely placed to share their experience and technical expertise with their peers, yet they sometimes lack the pedagogical capacity to effectively transfer their knowledge and the ability to manage the partnership process. The goal of BEWOP is to strengthen knowledge transfer and change processes in WOPs in order to maximize the potential for operational improvements of water operators.
Over the long run, the BEWOP project should contribute to the enhancement of operators' capacity to cope with emerging technical, financial and institutional issues, leading to better performance of water utilities and improved water and sanitation services for an estimated 50 million end-users.
The BEWOP project has six complementary activity areas:
- Documentation of WOPs worldwide to draw lessons-learnt and best practices.
- Comparative analysis of existing approaches for knowledge transfer and learning processes in WOPs.
- Development and testing of a WOP management tool for the potential use of both partners, encompassing the following main tasks.
- Assessment of existing guidelines, training modules and materials to support operators' performance improvement.
- Development and testing of new capacity development products/services (guidelines, training modules and materials) for WOPs, with a double focus.
- Communication, outreach and use of the Capacity Development products in WOPs.
More information about the project can be found here.