SPECIAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT | PROJECTS MAPPING GLOBAL EFFORTS I This overview presents a selection of UNESCO-IHE’s more than 140 capacity development projects around the world. The Institute works with international partners to advance the competencies of knowledge and capacity-building institutes in the Global South, to strengthen water sector organizations to improve their performance and to contribute to the global agenda on water sector capacity development. UNESCO-IHE utilizes a range of different capacity development activities – often in combination – to engage its beneficiaries in learning and the generation of knowledge and innovation. INNOVATIVE PRACTICES IN URBAN WATER CYCLE MANAGEMENT Contribute to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change effects on water scarcity in Cuba by introducing innovative practices and enhancing knowledge, education and research capacities in innovative urban water cycle practices in the Cuban water sector. WATER PROGRAMS IN HIGHER EDUCATION Enhance the academic capacity to perform water programs at higher education institutes by supporting strategy development for water education and research, strengthen curricula as well as setting up research units that focus on water supply and sanitation, river and coastal engineering and hydrology and water resources. PILOTING COLOMBIA’S NEW IWRM POLICY Contribute to the development of a framework and specific tools through which Colombia’s new basin management plans can be implemented. Facilitate the design and implementation of a Learning Alliance to effectively capture and communicate lessons learned from the programme. Support the implementation of awareness raising and the production of educational materials for primary schools. ENHANCING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY IN WATER AND WASTE WATER TREATMENT Enhance the capacity of the Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology to design, deliver and disseminate education and training programmes of high relevance for the water and sanitation sector. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES EDUCATION & TRAINING 14 Fostering the competences of beneficiaries through local education and training activities, using standard or tailored course material, includes class-room teaching, workshops, e-learning, distance education as well as training and/or utilizing local trainers and lecturers. Study tours pay visits to learn from specific organizations or at project locations. RESEARCH Research activities involve MSc & PhD students, postdocs, researchers and experts from local knowledge and capacitybuilding institutes in projects to participate in the generation of new knowledge, thereby improving local capacity. ADVISORY SERVICES Advisory services are aimed at creating an enabling environment for local capacity development by providing specific guidance or advice, including needs assessments, curriculum development and the compilation of a strategy, policy or research agenda.
IN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT NILE BASIN CAPACITY BUILDING NETWORK FOR RIVER ENGINEERING Strengthen water professionals’ capacity and collaboration in a region characterized by political tension, poverty and growing water scarcity through an inclusive knowledge network approach that has nodes at knowledge institutes in all Nile riparian countries. HIGHER EDUCATION CAPACITY IN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT Enhance capacity development at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology by reinforcing its study, training, research and service/consultancy offer, focusing on integrated water resource management and disseminating knowledge, technology and expertise from innovators to practitioners, from classroom educators to field users. ANTICIPATING AND RESOLVING FLOOD ISSUES, DIFFERENCES AND DISPUTES PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT OF WATER UTILITIES Improve the organizational performance, financial sustainability and urban pro-poor focus of three utilities in medium & small towns with respect to enhanced staff empowerment, performance accountability, customer voice and choice, operational efficiency, revenue enhancement and improved service provision to the urban poor. Training programme tailored to three target groups (policy and decision makers, mid-level professionals and academics, and operation/ administration professionals) who need to be knowledgeable of transboundary dimensions and implications of basin developments and flood management. FOCUS Technological competence KNOWLEDGE NETWORKING & PARTNERSHIPS Knowledge networking and partnerships foster competences by setting up networks, such as professional associations or Communities of Practice, whereby relevant professionals and organizations participate in a (thematic) network and its activities to disseminate and generate knowledge. Management competence Governance competence Learning / Innovation competence SCALE Individual organization Sector / Several organizations Community / Civil society 15