A Stake in Water: Advancing inclusive water resources decision making through dynamic multi-stakeholder and learning platforms

Contract partner: GWPO - Global Water Partnership OrganisationCountry: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 1.338.545,00Project start: 01.10.2019End: 31.03.2022

Short Description:

Overall goal

With the overall aim of IWRM principles, inclusive of gender equality, incorporated into the water governance processes and investments of mandated institutions, the proposed intervention will apply a learning approach across the GWP network. This will ensure that, in establishing a strong knowledge base and enhancing individual capacities

• GWP’s multi-stakeholder platforms at regional and country level are successful in mobilizing and facilitating diverse and gender inclusive input to and engagement with water governance processes;

• Actors with a mandate to deliver towards SDG 6 and other development objectives apply IWRM principles, inclusive of gender mainstreaming, when delivering water management and governance change.

Expected results

• Actionable insight on the structural features and dynamics of facilitation that has proven to turn multi-stakeholder platforms into catalysts of change to advance IWRM

• Gender is mainstreamed and embedded with ongoing and future work across GWP’s regional and country agendas and work programmes, including the thematic impact areas of water solutions for the SDGs, climate resilient development and transboundary water management; GWP staff regionally and globally are trained to ensure they can take knowledge and experi-ence further.

• Launch of a redesigned GWP ToolBox website that offers a centralized and collaborative hub on all water, climate-related, and gender-specific issues in the water sector.

• 21 publications and knowledge products that advance the thinking on the role of MSPs as catalysts of change to advance IWRM

Target group / Beneficiaries

• The GWP Network: A key objective of the intervention is to enhance the capacity of the thirteen GWP Regional and 65+ Country Water Partnerships. 60 CWPs shall achieve a health-check score of ‘high’ (composite indicator reflecting, inter alia, partner diversity, active engagement and gender inclusiveness)

• 60 government institutions/other mandated actors shall be utilising GWP knowledge and learning in governance processes related to SDG 6 and other water-related development agendas

• 20 mandated institutions supported in integrating gender inclusive water components into development planning and decision-making processes

• Direct beneficiaries: 20.000 persons will benefit through enhanced capacity obtained from improved knowledge and learning flows facilitated through the GWP ToolBox


1) Priority Area 1: The role of multi-stakeholder platforms as catalysts of change in the water sector. Actionable insight on the structural features and dynamics of facilitation that have proven to turn multi-stakeholder platforms into catalysts of change to help countries address water security challenges.

2) Priority Area 2: The role of knowledge, motivation and opportunity in shaping meaningful progress on gender equality in water resources management. Outputs would include interventions that are gender mainstreamed and embedded with ongoing and future IWRM processes in-country; Other outputs may engage across the thematic impact areas of SDGs, climate and transboundary water management.

3) Priority Area 3: The role of mechanisms through which to make learning opportunities more easily available, attractive, social, and timely: Outputs would include specific products and platforms that would ensure flows of knowledge and learning on water resources management facilitate ex-changes and strengthen capacities among actors to achieve SDG6 implementation pathways.



Improvements in governance structures, management and planning frameworks and institutional capacity to deliver both are core to achieving a water secure world. This insight has become clear through the UN’s SDG6 Synthesis Report, released in July 2018, and it is at the heart of the Global Water Partnership’s strategy and its underlying theory of change. By embedding the notion of water security into broader governance processes such as development planning, institutional reform, legislation, etc., an enabling environment is created through which investments can be made in water sensitive and water wise ways.

project number2840-00/2019
source of fundingOEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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