GWP Regional Days 2019

GWP staff from around the world gather once a year to discuss current issues and plan for the future. This year's meeting takes place in Amman, Jordan, on 13-16 May. The main focus will be around the GWP Strategy 2020-2025.

The GWP Strategy 2020-2025 is nearing completion and the Regional Days will be an opportunity for everybody to have their last input to any final improments or clarifications. The process of developing the Strategy has been going on for nearly a year, and has included extensive consultations with GWP staff, Partners and external key stakeholders. It was the main topic of GWP's 2018 Network Meeting.

The Regional Days agenda also aims to build a common understanding of GWP's work in convening multi-stakeholder dialogues and assess any compentency gaps around this. Furthermore, the participants will advance work on the 3-year work programme for 2020-2022.

GWP's work in Jordan

Between the years 2013-2017, GWP Mediterranean and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) jointly designed and implemented  a project called Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector. It was carried out in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia.

The project addressed the strong linkages between water governance and sustainable financing, with the aim to identify and assess challenges and find realistic solutions to overcome them.

Reports from all four countries were compiled, building on active input and feedback from key stakeholders - this included answering questionnaires, giving input during policy workshops and bilateral interviews held in each country, as well as providing written comments. The reports shed light on the structures and processes of policy-making in the water sector of the focus countries and the way these processes challenge sustainable financing, including through private sector participation.

The country report for Jordan - “Water Governance in Jordan: Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation” - identifies a number of actions to support the efforts to strengthen financial sustainability in the water sector and ensure that private sector participation would bring value for money.

Photo: The GWP Regional Days 2018 took place in Budapest, Hungary.