Cap-Net focuses on education, training and applied research, and encourages partnerships and networking at national, regional and global levels. GWP and Cap-Net regularly add new training materials, references and information on courses to their on-line databases. The materials are freely available for educational purposes.
Capacity Building in Integrated Water Management for Africa and the Caribbean 2006–2009 was a programme managed by Cap-Net, the international network for capacity-building in IWRM. Together with GWP's facilitation of national IWRM planning, nine training workshops, reaching over 150 water managers and decision makers, were held during the life of the programme. There were two workshops in 2009:
- Kigali, Rwanda, National Training on IWRM, organised by GWP Eastern Africa, and
- Maputo, Mozambique, Climate Change and Water Resources, organised by GWP Southern Africa and WaterNet for African Portuguese-speaking countries as part of the strengthening of the Lusophone Water Partnership.
Trainees have been putting what they learned from the courses into direct use in national IWRM planning processes, particularly in countries supported by GWP's Partnership for Africa's Water Development (PAWD) programme.
The GWP Regional and Country Water Partnerships, by linking regional capacity building networks to intergovernmental water organisations and governments, helped articulate capacity building needs and identify target groups for training. In several cases, joint activities transferred knowledge and experience to trainees in a position to put skills and concepts directly into practice. This raised the profile of Country Water Partnerships as key instruments for articulating the demand for capacity building at national levels. As a result, courses have been widely replicated, extending the reach of the programme and contributing to sustainable water management.
The new training materials that GWP helped put together, for example for the course on Economic and Financial Instruments for IWRM, are now widely used by regional capacity building networks, the European Union Water Initiative Finance Working Group and universities. These materials are available on the GWP ToolBox and Cap-Net websites.
Memorandum of Understanding between GWP and Cap-Net.