From August 27 to September 2, the GPSA participated in the World Water Week 2016, which was hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. The objective of this engagement was to raise the visibility of the GPSA’s work in the water sector and to connect with relevant stakeholders, with a particular focus on forging new collaboration and partnership arrangements.

The GPSA participated in a meeting organized by Water Integrity Network (WIN), which is part of the GPSA Global Partners Network, to review their strategy for the period 2017-2022. The meeting brought together members and partners from WIN to discuss future engagements to implement their new strategy and to share practical experiences. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the valuable work that WIN and its network are doing to advance the water integrity agenda around the world. Most interestingly, WIN is implementing a multicounty-program with Helvetas to improve transparency and good governance in the water sector in Guatemala, Mozambique, and Nepal.

In one of the meeting’s roundtable discussions, the GPSA presented its approach to building constructive engagements to solve governance challenges to the broader WIN network. This event provided a great venue to highlight the newly launched collaboration between the GPSA and the World Bank’s Water Partnership Program (WPP) to accelerate the adoption of social accountability tools in the water sector. This collaboration entails a series of knowledge and programmatic activities that will be implemented over the course of the next 9 months. Stay tuned for more information to come about these activities in the coming weeks.

Furthermore, as part of the World Water Week 2016, we co-hosted a session with U4, Water Aid, Water Witness International, and WIN on “Secure Water, Empowered Citizens: The Essential Role of Social Accountability”. This event was well attended and included participants from donor countries, CSOs, governments, and private sector. The presentation from Oxfam Tajikistan, one of the 23 GPSA grantees, was well received by the audience and sparked a lot of interest in the upcoming work of the GPSA in the water sector. Overall, our participation in the World Water Week was very productive. It allowed us to enhance the visibility of our work within the international community of water practitioners. Please find attached the presentation for your reference.