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Multi-stakeholder WOPs: Where NGOs, Academia and Others are adding Value to Utility Partnerships

10 speakers

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#Governance
Languages: EN, FR, SP

At their core, WOPs are partnerships between peer water and sanitation operators. However other types of organizations can enrich these partnerships greatly. In a growing number of WOPs, NGOs, researchers, workers and community groups are complementing utility knowledge and expertise. With their specialized skills, approaches and access, they can expand on traditional WOP activities and engage more effectively with WOP beneficiaries. In this session, a sampling of non-traditional WOP partners will share how they are taking these partnerships into new domains, and helping them be more effective on topics ranging from community outreach to social marketing, and gender sensitivity to sanitation services.

Agenda :
Welcome
Julie Perkins, GWOPA Officer-in-Charge, GWOPA/UN-Habitat

Session Introduction – “From City Partnership to WOP”
Annette Lang, Head International Relations and Development Cooperation, Senate Chancellery of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Pooling Exercise
Linnea Foelster, Strategic Infrastructure Coordination Officer, Hamburg Wasser

Part I Case study: A multi-stakeholder EU WOP
a. e-Thekwini water and sanitation
Vishnu Mabeer, Professional Technologist, e-Thekwini
b. Partners indicate what they contribute to WOPs
· Ismail Banoo, Senior Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
· Richard Gevers, Founder, Open Cities Lab
· Christian Wiebe, Divisional Manager WASH, Viva con Agua

Pooling Exercise
Linnéa Foelster, Strategic Infrastructure Coordination Officer, Hamburg Wasser

Part II: How can and should other stakeholders be involved in WOPs?
· Moderator: Linnéa Foelster, Strategic Infrastructure Coordination Officer, Hamburg Wasser
· Klaas Schwartz, Acting Head of the WG Department, Associate Professor of Urban Water Governance, IHE Delft
· Nadine Arce Haanraadts, Project Manager, FINISH Mondial
· Guillermo Saavedra, President, FESAN Chile

Facilitated Discussion
Linnéa Foelster, Strategic Infrastructure Coordination Officer, Hamburg Wasser

Wrap Up & Closing
Sarika, Senior Water Quality Officer, e-Thekwini

Co-conveners