March 27th, 2017
Under the jointly implemented BEWOP initiative, GWOPA and UNESCO-IHE hosted a 1-day workshop in Delft, the Netherlands on Capacity Development and Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs). The workshop brought together the main partners collaborating in the recently launched WaterWorX programme, to identify how BEWOP can best support these SDG-focused WOPs.
WaterWorX is a new flagship program that brings together 10 Dutch water utilities to provide 10 million people with sustainable access to clean drinking water through WOPs. Supported by the Dutch Ministry of foreign Affairs (DGIS), this programme will enable Dutch mentorship in 24 WOP projects, across Asia, Africa and Latin America, over the coming 14 years.
Since 2013, the BEWOP project, a collaboration between IHE and GWOPA, has been helping utilities do better WOPs, drawing on the experience of WOPs practice worldwide. Now in its second phase, the focus has shifted from research to the development of tools to support WOPs knowledge transfer and effective practice.
The meeting served as an opportunity for synergy, where BEWOP partners showcased already developed WOP facilitation and training tools that can help the Dutch mentor utilities in implementing their WOPs under WaterWorX. Existing tools such as the Asset Management Game, Utility Simulation Game, QGIS Course Manual, Water Safety Planning Roleplay and Training of Mentors Manual were presented, while the operators also identified additional tools that the BEWOP partners, working closely with the utilities, could develop to support Capacity Development in the WaterWorX programme.
Within WaterWorX’s vision to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6, BEWOP has an important role to play in supporting the water and sanitation utilities involved in peer-to-peer partnerships with guidelines, training and tool packages on a demand basis.