29-31 May 2013, Delft, The Netherlands

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

Expert Workshop

On 27-28 May 2013, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education convened an Expert Workshop on Knowledge and Capacity Development in the Water Sector. The meeting gathered 37 international experts and was held to share knowledge and experiences on critical issues for making knowledge and capacity development in the water sector more effective and efficient.

The workshop used a special method enabling participants to go through a very creative and interactive knowledge-sharing journey. The workshop agenda started with a brief online survey three weeks prior to the workshop whereby participants were asked to rank the 12 most critical issues (from a list of 18) by order of relevance for discussion at the Expert Workshop. “Strengthening the leadership abilities of water professionals,” and “How to foster locally-driven capacity development” were the top two items on the discussion topics list. Other issues discussed included:

  • How to enhance capacity development to effectively address nexus issues (water-energy-food)
  • Making the business case for capacity development
  • How to arrive at a coherent national strategy for capacity development for the benefit of the water sector
  • Improving organizational capacity: the key for addressing water-related problems
  • Improved measuring, monitoring and evaluation of capacity development
  • How to foster regional and country-level networks and partnerships for water sector capacity development
  • How to step up sector-wide and inter-sectoral approaches to capacity development
  • Improving the quality of water education
  • Fostering community-based initiatives and the role of civil society in water sector capacity development
  • "Fostering 'inter-generational cooperation' (senior and junior professionals working/learning together) to improve water sector capacity development."

Some outcomes of the workshop fed into selected sessions of the Symposium that took place later in the same week.