Governance , Citizens Process
Over the past 25 years, there has been mounting recognition that stakeholder participation in the development, implementation and management of water service provision is truly beneficial, and that the chances of improved performance and sustainability are greatly increased with the inclusion of all stakeholders in the planning and operation of water supplies. Taking stock of the implementation of participatory water governance, there are pockets of success. In many countries of the world however, the inclusion of Civil Society groups (Women, Youth, Indigenous People and CBOs) is still in its infancy. With the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ 2018-2028 around the corner, a joint High-Level session during World Water Forum 8 is proposed to take stock of the progress and gaps in the development of participatory water governance approaches over the past 25 years; to illustrates some key success and failure factors; and to bring to the fore the preconditions for building inclusive Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to effectively address the mounting water challenges.
Iman Abd El Al