WHEN TO USE IT
- To benchmark and monitor the state of water governance in different regions or at different levels (local, national).
- To inform planning processes for resource allocation and identify potential gaps in policy reform implementation.
- When different stakeholders need to develop a common understanding of the state of water governance: to spur discussion, find entry points for civic engagement, and facilitate peer-to-peer learning.
- To evaluate the indicators, framework, or methodology of a governance assessment or benchmark that has been put into question.
Development of a holistic governance assessment framework that encompasses institutions and stakeholders, performance, and integrity principles.
HOW IT WORKS
- Government officials
- Civil society organizations
- Consultants and water governance experts
There are no blueprints for water governance: every country as its own set of legal and governance systems, institutional arrangements, and stakeholder dynamics. A water governance assessment therefore has to be adapted to the context and designed to fit specific objectives.
The User Guide to Assessing Water Governance is a conceptual framework and set of guiding questions to help identify key areas of focus, priorities, and challenges for water governance, including those related to corruption. It provides resources to better integrate the dimension of integrity and integrity principles in an assessment framework.
It contains resources on three main components:
- Power, as analysed from the perspective of stakeholders, institutions, and interests;
- Principles, in particular transparency, accountability, and participation;
- Governance performance, including efficiency and effectiveness of institutions in delivering and achieving their goals.
The guide also includes examples and lists of cases where different frameworks have been used.
Steps to develop a framework and conduct a water governance assessment:
HOW IT WAS DEVELOPED
The User Guide on Assessing Water Governance was developed by the Water Integrity Network (WIN) together with the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI and the Oslo Governance Centre.