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WOPs: Principles and practices – Special Issue Journal WASH for Development

Wednesday, 24 May 2023
13:30 — 15:00
Kleiner Saal

Water Operators’ Partnerships are increasingly recognized as instruments to strengthen the operational capacities of water utilities and to foster knowledge exchange between utilities with the ultimate aim of expanding and improving the provision of water services to consumers. Recent programmes like the EU-WOP Programme, sustainable utility partnerships developed by the German Water Partnership, or the WaterWorX Programme are illustrative of this growing recognition of WOPs. Contributing to the achievement of SDG target 6.1 figures prominently in these programmes.

At the same time, much of the literature on WOPs is either written in the context of the public versus private debate (where WOPs are presented as an alternative to PPPs) or has a strong case study focus that simply describes a particular WOP case study. What is missing is a more critical yet constructive analysis focused on understanding different dimensions and phenomena of WOPs and how such partnerships work in practice. Such a more critical perspective is necessary in order to further the discussion on WOPs as an instrument for improving service provision and, ultimately, to contribute to making such partnerships more effective.

During this session series the following papers submitted to the special issue will be presented and discussed:

  • Practices in WOPs – Operational
  • The Beacon Project: a long-term Water Operator Partnership working towards universal access to WASH services in Lahan, Nepal. – WaterAid, Sheffield University, Anglian Water, Nepal Water Supply Corporation
  • South-South cooperation and strong local teams as catalysts for innovation and digitalization within water utilities in Tanzania – Vei Dutch Water Operators, AUWSA, MWAWASA
  • Development of Community Water Boards (CWB) Partnerships in Rural Areas of Colombia – UniValle, AQUACOL, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Implementation of Data-Driven Operational Decision Making for reducing Non-Revenue Water. Case Study: SPAM Gunungpati in Perumda Air Minum Tirta Moedal kota Semarang – PDAMT Kota Semarang
  • Review and Critical Analysis of Operation and Performance of South-South and North-South Water Operators’Partnerships in Africa
  • Experiences of Knowledge Management in WOPs: A review of the EU-WOP projects – GWOPA, IHE Delft, Independent consultant
— Session Programme
This is a series of three sessions. Organized in themes, authors of the papers submitted to the special issue WOPs: Practices and Principles will present the results of their papers and will engage in discussion with the guest editors, other authors, and the audience.