Capacity-building to improve water management and accelerate investments in the water sector

  • Executing agency: UN/DESA Division for Sustainable Development
  • Start date: 1 January 2000
  • End date: 1 July 2003
  • Partners: Regional Commissions
  • Total budget: USD 1,650,000

The project aims to develop national capacities that will promote the development and implementation of national water strategies in developing countries at local levels through (i) a network of national capacities; and (ii) a Water Virtual Learning Centre in support of national capacities, with regard to water supply in undeserved areas (rural and suburban) and to water resources management of shared river basins.

There is an urgent need in developing countries to improve water resources management and water services, and to accelerate sustainable investments in the water sector, at the pace of demographic trends. Policy development, networking of national experts, information exchange and dissemination of proven experiences are essential for the implementation of UN conference recommendations related to water issues. Despite current efforts and initiatives in the water sector, many barriers need to be removed in order to accelerate sustainable investments. New, concrete support is needed at the local level.

Distance learning and exchange of information electronically can contribute to capacity building in water management and sustainable water investments. These activities can also provide a framework for South-South cooperation. Through a network of national institutions and on-going projects of technical cooperation in the water sector, DESA, along with other international partners, can organize and facilitate exchange of capacities, experiences and relevant information with potential multiplier effects.

The project facilitates water information exchange and training through consultations; establish a network of national, basin and local institutions involved in the water sector; enhance an exchange of information and experience between five International River Basin Organizations in order to develop an adaptable basin-wide methodology and mobilise funding for sustainable development programmes; and lead to the creation of a UN Water Virtual Learning Centre to train government officials and trainers, as well as educate actors/users, public and private, in the water delivery chain.