In 2017, Fundación Avina, the Open Government Partnership, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Water Integrity Network (WIN), and the World Resources Institute (WRI) formed a Community of Practice on Water and Open Government. Bringing together water and open government experts from around the world, the community facilitates knowledge sharing and the development of innovative, cross-sector approaches that leverage transparency, inclusive participation, and accountable decision-making to improve water and sanitation services.
The Community of Practice aims to strengthen linkages between water and open government reformers and mobilize actions that help realize the human right to water and sanitation. With support from the OGP Multi-Donor Trust Fund, supported by the World Bank, the Water Open Government CoP goals for 2019-2021 include:
- Creating a help desk to work with interested governments on developing and implementing country specific commitments through OGP National Action Plans;
- Creating a knowledge and exchange mechanism to provide governments and civil society with technical information and expertise needed to create transformative water and sanitation commitments;
- Producing guidance materials to help water professionals understand the OGP process and the specific opportunities to advance water reforms;
- Organizing learning events that increase data sharing, technical expertise, good practices, and peer learning to boost the development and implementation of more ambitious commitments;
Strengthening international and national coalitions that effectively use the OGP platform to push for water reforms.