During GWOPA’s 2013 Steering Committee meeting, representatives of the Pacific and the Caribbean platforms identified the opportunity for exchange between these two regions, noting the common challenges facing the operators in the two regions (climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness), as well as the challenges faced by the platforms themselves in WOPs financing and facilitation.
GWOPA helped fomalize the collaboration that began this year by convening an Inter-Regional session during the WWF in which a Memorandum of Understanding laying out a framework for exchange between the platforms will be signed, and then by supporting its implementation. GWOPA also continued to support exchange between the Pakistan WOP platform and Indonesia’s national platform, PERPAMSI. Also, for the first time, it supported a learning visit by WOP-Africa’s coordinator to the WaterLinks Forum, during which he was introduced to the matchmaking and facilitation processes developed by the Asian platform and where the coordinators studied the possibility of inter-regional WOPs between African and Asian utilities.
The value of these interactions so far have highlighted the importance of more systematic exchange between the platforms within the Global WOPs Alliance. In 2015 GWOPA will hold the first workshop dedicated to exchange between the WOP platforms within its network, just prior to the next Steering Committee meeting. The objective of the meeting is for the national and regional platforms to better understand the value of being part of the WOPs Alliance, the opportunities for exchanging with one another, what support they can receive from or contribute to the GWOPA Secretariat.