Network Launch of the MSP Sourcebook & Launch of the Community of Practice for CWPs

Tuesday 30th May 2023 (14:00-15:45 CEST/Stockholm Time) 
Registration link: Meeting Registration - Zoom 
Language: English, Spanish, French, Russian 

This webinar marks the network launch of the The MSP Sourcebook: A Guide for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Water Management. During this webinar, we will also be launching the Community of Practice for Country Water Partnerships (CWPs), an online space hosted by the IWRM Action Hub where CWP leaders will be able to exchange and learn from each other. 

About the MSP Sourcebook
In 2019, GWP, in collaboration with Wageningen University and UNDP Cap-Net, launched the “Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) for Improved Water Governance Programme.” The MSP Programme is a learning and knowledge initiative that aims to build the capacity of our network at regional and country level and use this experience to leverage insights on how to coordinate effective multi-stakeholder action towards improved water governance.  

As part of the MSP Programme, the
MSP for improved Water Governance Workshop Series was launched in July 2021. The series consisted of six different workshops, each of them linked to a key capability area needed to establish and maintain an effective MSP in the water sector. The MSP Workshop Series brought together over 240 participants form the GWP network to share and exchange with each other valuable experiences. These tools and insights gathered through these workshops led to several publications and knowledge products which explore how water-related MSPs can contribute to making progress in relation to gender, climate, private sector engagement, transboundary, and the SDGs.  

These learnings were further
consolidated into a GWP flagship publication: The MSP Sourcebook: A Guide for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Water Management. The MSP Sourcebook is a practical guide for those seeking to establish and strengthen MSPs as a means of catalysing action to achieve more sustainable water management. The MSP Sourcebook is full of practical tools and experiences that we can use to strengthen GWP’s multi-stakeholder platforms at local, country, regional, and international levels. 

About the CoP for CWPs
The term Communities of Practice (CoP) describes a “group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger-Trayner & Wenger-Trayner, 2015). A CoP provides a platform for social learning, enabling stakeholders to network, share information, enhance their skills, experiment with new techniques, receive feedback, and collectively develop a practical understanding of a shared challenge or domain. 

The CoP for CWPs will provide a unique platform for GWP network at country level to exchange with
one another on how to address key challenges, grow programmes, and build more inclusive and vibrant partnerships. More specifically,
this CoP for CWPs will:   

  • Provide CWPs with access to an online platform through which to engage between each other and with GWPO 

  • Enable information sharing between CWPs 

  • Facilitate knowledge exchange between CWPs on common barriers, solutions, and success factors 

  • Provide a channel of communication between the global and country levels 

  • Foster a sense of network community among CWPs 

The CoP for CWPs will be hosted on the IWRM Action Hub, a GWP-led online knowledge sharing platformthat supports water professionals in designing and implementing action towards improving water management across the globe. As of April 2023, the platform’s IWRM Action Network had over 2000 water professionals from over 150 countries, thus constituting a strong pool of water experts and professionals for CWP leaders to exchange with. The platform currently hosts more than 20 Communities, which foster online learning, networking, exchanges and discussions on a variety of topics in water resources management. Click here to sign up and create yourself an account!