Water and sanitation
Building on Issue 36 of Capacity.org journal, which explored capacities needed to meet the water and sanitation-related MDG targets by 2015, this page aims to show case interesting case studies and policy-related studies that can contribute to broader learning and exchange in this area.
A Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management & Water Quality is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva from 27-28 February. The meeting will prepare for the High level Meeting in The Hague which concludes the Thematic Consultation on Water. The discussions will be accessible by live-stream video at http://www.worldwewant2015.org/waterMore
02 January 2013
The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), released every three years in conjunction with the World Water Forum, is the UN’s flagship report on water. The fourth edition, published in March 2012, seeks to offer leaders in government, the private sector and civil society tools and response options to address current and future challenges related to the pressures driving demand for water and affecting its availability.More
10 November 2012
Plans are underway for the establishment of a Global Campus for Water and Development based at the UNESCO Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) in 2013. The objective is to close the gap in the broad field of specialist capacity needed in the field of water worldwide by providing more education at a regional level to young talented people via partners and in the future also in collaboration with regional UNESCO-IHE institutes.More
01 June 2012
One of the arguments commonly advanced against commercialisation of basic services is that this will take place at the expense of the poor. While this risk is acknowledged, the experiences discussed in the latest Practice Brief from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation confirm that poorer groups in small towns and peri-urban areas - who are disproportionately affected by inadequate services - can benefit from socially responsible commercialisation.More
16 August 2011
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is widely recognized as a prerequisite for achieving equitable and sustainable development. However, this approach is poorly understood, even within the water sector. Using case studies, this book published in March 2009 explores how IWRM has contributed, at different scales, from very local, village-level experiences to reforms at national level and beyond to cases involving trans-boundary river basins.More
22 March 2011
The eThekwini Municipality in Durban, South Africa, is one of the two global recipients of the 2011 UN "Water for Life" Best Practices Award. The local authority was commended for its innovative approach to communication and awareness raising and its outstanding contribution to addressing key challenges related to water and sanitation in an urban area.More
08 December 2010
En la práctica del desarrollo de la capacidad, hemos presenciado una gradual transición desde capacitar a personas individualmente hacia fortalecer a las organizaciones. Actualmente, parecería que hubiera una nueva transición, desde colaborar con organizaciones individualmente hacia facilitar procesos multilaterales. Pero sería erróneo presumir que esos procesos son meramente la última moda en el discurso sobre desarrollo de la capacidad. En verdad, siempre han sido parte integrante de la interacción humana. Los procesos multilaterales surgen cuando las personas o las organizaciones perciben que la colaboración puede contribuir a aprovechar las oportunidades de desarrollo.More
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