29-31 May 2013, Delft, The Netherlands

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

WOPs: How to Make Them Even Better?

The session on will share experiences and stimulate dialogue on effective partnership models between water operators which promote capacity development.

Peer-to peer capacity development is a proven relationship model which can deliver change and operational improvement. The session will discuss outcomes from water operator partnerships (WOPs) and discuss from this experience how peer-to-peer learning can be applicable in diverse operational environments. The session will seek to identify partnership models which may prove more acceptable to a range of financing institutions as instrument towards delivering financially sustainable operations. These may be called ‘bankable formats’ and could include performance based contracts. The objective of the session is to probe or improvements in the way WOPs are delivered, and to consider new approaches for sustainable and self-financing formats, mapping-out a way forward beyond current platforms. Presenters will be provocative to trigger open discussion, within the session’s objective of ‘how to make WOPs work even better’.

Convening organisations
International Water Association (IWA), Asian Development Bank (ADB) &Vitens Evides International (VEI)

Lieve Declerq (Vitens)