Social capital is considered an important instrument to induce collective action in natural resource management. It can be defined as: the internal social and cultural coherence of society, the norms and values that govern interactions between people, and the institutions in which they are embedded. The social networks of civil society, notably of Women, Youth and Indigenous People, unite and represent large groups of citizens. They present a mechanism of horizontal integration: across professional backgrounds, political or religious affiliation, ethnicity or interest. They also integrate vertically: from local and national to international level, within their own peer group and across. As such, they provide an existing institutional framework that can be a valid partner of governments to reach down into the capillaries of society and mobilize its social capital. This session discusses the drivers, benefits and challenges of coordinated actions and engagement between water sector entities and social networks of civil society.
Citizen's Forum Process Commission
Coord. and Moderator:
Pedro Jacobi – University of São Paulo, Brazil
• Dr. GLORIA SONIA DAVILA POBLETE, Gender & Water Alliance, Bolivia
• JOSEFINA MAESTU UNTURBE - Executive Director Environmental Management Organisation of Navarra, Spain; Former Director of United Nations Water for Life Decade Programme
• Maruf Malluov –Tajikistan, Ahmad Jumaa- Somalia land
• ASHA ABDULRAHMAN, Women for Water Partnership Kenya and member of the AMCOW Technical Advisory Committee.