It is a feeling of endorsement of the vision and ambitions of the new GWP strategy that the members of the General Assembly were expressing at the launch, held on November 1, 2019. Indeed, Central African partners contributed to the consultations that led to the development of this strategy entitled "Mobilising for a Water Secure World". This launch coincides with the validation and adoption of the GWP-CAf's Three-Year Work Programme (2020-2022).
Mobilising for a Central Africa where all water needs are met
For the GWP-CAf, this new strategy is an opportunity to better address water issues in Central Africa, by involving more stakeholders and sectors, including the private sector. Above all, it highlights the urgent need to act in the water sector with innovation and openness, because "water crises require increased attention and coordinated action for systemic change". Also, for its effective and efficient implementation in Central Africa, GWP-CAf intends to rely on its regional network and mobilize more actors, to create a dynamic in favour of coordinated action.
About the Strategy
Our Strategy argues for agility and urgency. Its purpose is to guide how our Network focuses its work between 2020 and 2025. Because we are a network, the Strategy operates at different levels. It provides direction for our Country Water Partnerships and Regional Water Partnerships – outlining our consistent thematic priorities and codifying our distinctive approach to delivering change while allowing for autonomy and innovation. The Strategy also offers insights to our Network, laying out areas of action and impact we can collectively pursue. And, finally, the Strategy clarifi es the roles of those supporting the Network – the GWP Organisation and its governance bodies – in enabling and in being held accountable for helping deliver the Strategy.
- Our strategy highlights that, as countries and development partners work to address major water challenges, GWP will mobilise key players and learn from new experiences in order to create and maintain momentum for coordinated action. A multi-stakeholder action network, GWP will leverage global policy frameworks and mobilise its 3,000+ partner organisations – both within and beyond the water sector – to bring voices of water to the table and get things done.
- The new GWP Strategy focuses on three main areas: 1) water solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2) climate-resilient development, and 3) transboundary water cooperation. The Strategy also emphasises engagement with the private sector, ensuring that youth participate in decision-making, and taking a gender-inclusive approach to water secure development