Key requisite for a Sector Wide Approach are national ownership and a broad vision for sector development. But is this enough? Challenges remain to connect policies, plans and implementation on the ground, and to support capacity development and sector learning beyond ad-hoc activities.
|Water SWAps in motion : meeting the challenges in a complex sector : produced for the Joint Learning Programme on Sector Wide Approaches
|Year of Publication
|Boesen, N, De la Harpe, J, Uytewaal, E
|17 p. : boxes, fig.
|case studies, financing, policies, sdipol, water supply
The paper builds on the experiences from the JLP and the rich discussions in a workshop hosted by Europe Aid in Brussels on June 10-11th, 2008 with 24 participants from development agencies, water programmes and water research institutions. The paper argues that the water sector has characteristics which prompt SWAps to focus strongly on collaborative processes between multiple stakeholders at multiple levels. National ownership and a broad vision for sector development are essential requisites for success, but challenges remain in SWAps to connect policies, plans and implementation on the ground, and to support capacity development and sector learning beyond ad hoc activities. It first outlines key characteristics of the water sector. It then presents common features of successful SWAps, followed by a discussion of challenges to water SWAps. The paper draws particularly on the experiences from water SWAps in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Nicaragua, South Africa and Zambia where learning events have been held in the context of the Joint Learning Progamme on SWAps or in the context of the European Union Water Initiative