GWOPA/UN-Habitat and IHE Delft in Support of Water Operator Partnerships

  • Partners: UN-Habitat (GWOPA Secratariat)
  • Donor: Stichting IHE Delft
  • Donor Programme: DGIS - UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Coorperation II

This project proposes to manage knowledge for the European Union funded EU-WOPs programme, so very close coordination between these initiatives is required. The BEWOP4 project will be firmly aligned with the EU-WOPs Programme. This 4 year, 7-miillion Euro programme will fund approximately 20 WOPs of 3-year duration, mentored by European utilities. The BEWOP 4 project will be the fourth IHE-GWOPA collaboration to focus on Water Operators’ Partnerships. The project follows and draws heavily upon the work of previous BEWOP phases, notably the research and case studies of BEWOP I and the tools and guidance products produced through BEWOP II. Similar in design to BEWOP III which provides knowledge and advocacy support to the WaterWorX programme, the proposed BEWOP IV will draw on the lessons learned through early implementation of WWX about how to effectively manage knowledge and organize exchange within such initiatives. Insights gained from the WWX mid-term review will be incorporated in the BEWOP4 project. The knowledge produced through BEWOP 4 will be used in GWOPA’s project work around the world, such as the OFID WOPs initiatives, and extended for use by regional WOP platforms who facilitate WOPs within regions. BEWOP 4 proposes to manage the knowledge of the EU-WOP programme. Knowledge Management in this programme refers to the full cycle of knowledge generation, sharing, application and capture that supports and adds value to the EU-WOP programme. BEWOP will manage knowledge relating to four main aspects (partnerships, technical topics, financial linking and enabling environment) through the knowledge cycle. Objective 1: Generate knowledge to address the needs of WOPs and the EU-WOP programme in particular. Objective 2: Share knowledge to address the needs of WOPs and the EU-WOP Programme in particular. Objective 3: Apply knowledge within WOPs Objective 4: Capture and Analyze knowledge Objective 5: Ensure strong management of project and close collaboration with EU-WOP Programme More than funding isolated WOPs, a key ambition behind the EU WOP programme is to generate benefits from the collective learning, reflection and exchange between these projects. There are different reasons why knowledge needs to be managed in the EU-WOP programme. Most WOPs concern single projects between two water operators. For these projects there is little support to improve the effectiveness of these projects. Moreover, the knowledge generated and shared in these partnerships is not captured and shared to a broader audience. This project will both support partnerships to make them more effective and capture and of water operators in allowing them to improve the effectiveness of their WOPs.

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