The semi-finalist stories highlight important common ingredients, such as the need for infectious enthusiasm and the motivation to work for a cause bigger than oneself. But, they also underline the importance of political buy-in, adequate financial and human resources, good communication, and the establishment of strong and transparent coalitions and partnerships to translate inertia into collective action. Finally, many of the stories demonstrate strong potential for growth: a viral propensity to be replicated and scaled up in other contexts. These elements can all be considered as keys to their success.
We invite you to discover these stories and enter into contact with their authors on the Water ChangeMaker website.
Jury of Thought Leaders
In recent weeks, the Water ChangeMaker Awards have been joined by an impressive jury of thought leaders who will be tasked to determine the Top Ten submissions. They include:
Chair: Oyun Sanjaasuren, Director of External Affairs for the Green Climate Fund and Former GWP Chair
Sergio I. Campos G., Chief, Water and Sanitation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank
Norbert Kurilla, Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic
Scott Michael Moore, University of Pennsylvania and Chair of Stage 1 Jury
Ravi Narayanan, Chair, Asia Pacific Water Forum
Madiodio Niasse, Formerly of International Land Coalition and GWP Technical Committee member, Senegal
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Robert Šakić Trogrlić, Vice President of Water Youth Network
Trevor Thompson, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Grenada and GWP’s Chair of Chairs
The results of their deliberations will be announced during GWP’s Network Meeting on 21 October 2020.
We are very excited to see which finalists will emerge for the final stage of the process and which winners will be named at the beginning of next year. But at the same time, there are no losers! All Water ChangeMakers will be invited to continue the journey by exchanging and learning from each other through the communities that will be established. These fresh perspectives will also contribute to the reinvigoration of the GWP Toolbox. There is still much more to come, so stay tuned!