Governing Access to Water at Local Level

Workshop Session 3
October 7, 14:30 – 16:00, Venue: Umweltforum/Seminar 12
Language: English

Organisers

Petra Zimmermann-Steinhart, Project Manager, Decentralisation and Local Development Support Programme, Cameroon

Eike Vater, Project Manager, Decentralisation for Development, Zambia

Speakers

Daniel Nordmann, Planning Officer (Introduction)

Eike Vater, Project Manager, Decentralisation for Development, Zambia (Case study Zambia)

Petra Zimmermann-Steinhart, Project Manager, Decentralisation and Local Development Support Programme, Cameroon (Case study Cameroon)

Sarah Habersack, Technical Advisor, Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme (Case study India)

 
Moderation

Renate Kirsch, Lead Governance Advisor

 
Objective
Bridging the gap between increasing need, scarce resources and good governance in sector decentralization.

Contextualization

The SDG-Umbrella: Local Authorities as “implementers” of the SDG Agenda and safeguards for the supply of basic services in the metropolitan area

GIZ Portfolio on the nexus of governance (decentralization) and water: Where are we now? Where do we want to go?

Programme experiences of implementing the interlinkages between sector governance and decentralization: challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in the intersection between governance and water

Inputs from Cameroon, Zambia, India along the following questions: Which ones are the intersections of governance and water? How do we design these intersections? Which instruments do we use? Which results do we achieve?

Discussion, mutual exchange and collegial coaching on challenges, opportunities and lessons learned re: sector governance and decentralization

Increasing the quality of and the access to basic services: What happens to the quality of services? A lack of good governance and/or a lack of technical capacities/knowledge lead to higher costs paired with a decrease in quality of the services and a lack of universal access. Discussion on experiences and on how to improve service provision in the existing framework conditions.

Sustainable infrastructures via good governance and participatory management of facilities on the local level? What are mechanisms to assure accountability and sustainable service provision? Could PPPs be helpful governance models?

Relevance to the sector day’s key topic

Supporting innovative and intersecting governance approaches for efficient, effective and coherent planning and monitoring of basic public service delivery in urban areas.

Investments in infrastructure for basic social services such as water, sanitation and others face a number of challenges beyond technical questions as they are related to governance questions and capacities on the local level. On the other hand, governance programs especially programs working in decentralized contexts or directly advising decentralization processes benefit from technical experience.

Practical relevance for our governance services

Improved services and management of services through better integration of governance related questions in technical programs and vice versa. Using potential synergies in order to strengthen GIZ’s innovative advisory services.

Relevance for other projects

Applicability of experiences and lessons learned in the intersection of water and governance for other sectors (education, health…).

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