WOP: MCPWB, World Waternet and WRI
The main goal of this partnership is to exchange knowledge and experience among the Surinamese and Dutch partners
GENERAL WOP INFORMATION
October 24, 2008 - December 31, 2015
Was the code of conduct followed?
Did the operators sign a formal partnership agreement?
New opportunities/challenges for employees
PARTNERS AND THEIR INPUTS
THEMES AND OBJECTIVES
Non Revenue Water (NRW) management
The main goal of this partnership is to exchange knowledge and experience among the Surinamese and Dutch partners in the areas of management of water boards and water systems
What types of activities were carried out to help develop operator capacity?
Describe WOPs activities
Support of organizational structure of recipient organization
Support long term strategy
Support operation and maintenance plans
Describe the overall results
The water operators’ partnership between the Surinamese and Dutch water boards teaches some
valuable lessons. First, this water operators’ partnership learns that exchange of experiences between
water boards that function under different geographical and physical circumstances is possible. It is
manifest that water boards everywhere strive to maximize the use of available water resources
through efficient water management systems. There are plenty of innovative practices to teach others.
Second, notwithstanding the fact that the MCP Water Board has been established only recently in a
third world country, while the Dutch water boards have a long tradition in a highly developed
country, the water operator’s partnership has been characterized by mutual respect for each other’s
socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Mutual respect for each other is fundamental in
international water partnerships.
And finally, the three partners worked hand in hand over a prolonged period of time. Such a long
term relationship led to trust among the partners, and provided frank insight in each other’s
strengths and weaknesses. It is evident that it requires long term commitment to build sustainable
and effective water operators’ partnerships.
Which factors had a positive influence on the success of your WOP?
Which factors impeded the success of your WOP?
Lack of financing for WOPs