29-31 May 2013, Delft, The Netherlands

CD Symposium
Developing Capacity from Rio to Reality: Who's Taking the Lead?

Capacity Development for Water Cooperation – Cases of Success

The UN General Assembly declared 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation and on the challenges of water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services.

Water education and capacity development are vital for realizing the potential of water cooperation. A multi-disciplinary and integrated approach is essential to grasp the many facets of water cooperation cutting across a wide range of actors, disciplines and scales. However, implementing this approach has been challenging. This session aims to present cases where efforts to strengthen knowledge and capacity have resulted in improved coordination between water sector actors across multiple government institutions, civil society, the private sector and knowledge institutes. In dialogue with the session participants, innovative capacity development experiences will be shared and success factors for water cooperation will be identified, with possibilities for discussing up- and out-scaling.

Convening organisations
UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) & UN-Habitat

Bert Diphoorn (UN Habitat)


  • Salmah Zakaria, Senior Water Resources Officer, UN-ESCAP
  • Mahmoud Hafsi, Head of Division, Office Nationale de l’Eau et l’Electricite Morocco
  • Themba Gumbo, Director, Cap-Net UNDP
  • Daniel Tsegai, Researcher, UNW-DPC
  • Neno Kukuric, Head, IGRAC – the Groundwater Resources Assessment Center