A Workshop on knowledge transfer and capacity building for water and sanitation services in Asia and the Pacific
17-19 February 2009
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) assisted local governments, civil society organizations and community based organizations to introduce pro-poor water and waste water management systems in their towns. The project built on the work of the numerous national and international agencies responsible for water and sanitation in Asia and the Pacific. It facilitated knowledge exchange across the region on policies and practices that can extend water and sanitation services for poor citizens. Preliminary outcomes of the project have been:
• Case studies. 14 innovative practices from 7 different countries in Asia have been documented and published at www.unescap.org/pdd/water. They describe a wide variety of arrangements to extend water and sanitation services to the urban poor.
• Pilot projects. ESCAP assisted the local governments of Serang (Indonesia) and Villareal (Philippines) in developing pro-poor integrated water and sanitation strategies in their towns. The strategies favored projects that were financially sustainable, required little initial donor funding and encouraged community contributions.
• Analysis and dissemination. Results and lessons learned from the case studies and the pilot projects have been disseminated to local governments through national and international workshops in Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Bangladesh and the Marshall Islands.
• Training materials. ESCAP has partnered with UNDP for preparing training materials on municipal public-private partnerships in water and sanitation and with UNITAR for an e-learning course on urban sanitation.
Through this experience, ESCAP has appreciated the importance of information dissemination and knowledge sharing among practitioners and policy makers. It has observed a gap in access to knowledge between local level institutions (municipalities/communities) and international development organizations and networks. For this reason, it plans to continue supporting national level institutions in accessing knowledge that is available in existing international networks and adjusting it and disseminating it at the local level.
Objectives of the workshop
1. To review the outcomes of the various components of the project, their usefulness and potential applications.
2. To assess existing knowledge gaps among local governments and national institutions for water and sanitation delivery.
3. To propose future activities for ESCAP and its partners to address these gaps.
Participation at the Meeting was by invitation only. Participants comprised experts and representatives of national and local governments, research and training institutes, civil society organizations as well as international organizations working in this field.
List of Participants