Workspace - Drafting a Regional Water Strategy for Europe & CIS


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Welcome to the Workspace for the Development of the "UNDP (Coprorate) Regional Strategy on Water Governance in Europe & CIS".
The sections below describe the background and outline of the drafting process. Once this "roadmap" (and the Table of Content) are agreed upon, the text of the strategy itself and various new "Wiki-Articles" will be drafted. - You will find the link here in due time.

-> Feel free to edit/add/contribute to this page, preferably until 30 April 2006 (suggested deadline for finalizing the "roadmap").
-> If you like to comment on this page, you are welcome to do so on the associated Discussion-page
-> Please refer to the Help section to see how this works... (For any query you can also contact Juerg Staudenmann, (Regional Water Governance Advisor, Bratislava)



UNDP has been active over the past decade in the RBEC region in various areas of "Water Governance" on the national, regional and global level. A number of different units have been involved in the developing and implemention of projects and interventions, including:

  • Country Offices (CO) and the Bratislava's Country Support Team (CST)
  • RBEC New York
  • Bratislava Regional Center (BRC) / Energy & Environment Practice (comprising both RBEC and GEF colleagues, and a newly created "Regional Water Governance Advisory Post")
  • the BDP/EEG Water Team in New York
  • UNDP/GEF-IW in New York
  • Water Governance Facility (WGF) in Stockholm
  • A newly created sub-regional WG Advisor post (outposted in Almaty)
  • External and National Partners ad-hoc

Sub-regional work programmes and (isolated) strategy papers have been produced ad-hoc (e.g. the CA Water Strategy). Yet, no systematic and comprehensive (in the sense of both regional and corporate) analysis of UNDP's potential niches and options for strategic positioning and tagreted interventions - based on comparative advantage, experience and capacity - has been attempted to date.

In discussion between BRC, RBEC, and BDP colleagues in Nov 2005, the need and timeliness to engage into a coprorate "strategy and positioning drafting exrecise" became obvious: Besides 'Water Governance' as a key strategic priority for UNDP/RBEC, "Water" is the HDR 2006 topic, featured in a number of running or upcoming events and activities (includimng the UN-Decade "Water for Life" 2005-2015), and has received increased attention by partner and donor organizations in the region.

It was decided to engage into a corporate drafting and consultation process, and it was further suggested to use the newest knowledge management tool, this WaterWiki, for that purpose.

Motivation / Purpose (WHY)

UNDP's Activities in Europe & CIS

  • RBEC designated 'Water Governance' (WG) as key environmental prioriy for the region. Investments were made into Human Resources (new Regional Water Governance Advisor post in Bratislava; new sub-regional (CA) Advisor in Almaty).
  • UNDP office/units involved in Water Governance interventions include:
    • Country Offices (CO) and the Bratislava's Country Support Team (CST)
    • RBEC New York
    • Bratislava Regional Center (BRC) / Energy & Environment Practice (comprising both RBEC and GEF colleagues, and a newly created "Regional Water Governance Advisory Post")
    • the BDP/EEG Water Team in New York
    • UNDP/GEF-IW in New York
    • Water Governance Facility (WGF) in Stockholm
    • A newly created sub-regional WG Advisor post (outposted in Almaty)
    • External and National Partners ad-hoc

UNDP's Strategic Planning to date

  • "Stategy and project Activities to Support Improved regional Water Management in Central Asia" (short: CA Water Strategy) and review notes from Tim Hannan (former CA Water Advisor).
  • No relevant strategic papers for other sub-regions exist to date.

  • Ad-hoc sub-regional work programmes and (isolated) strategy papers to date (e.g. the CA Water Strategy). Need for a systematic and comprehensive (in the sense of both regional and corporate) analysis, startegic positioning, operational approach:
    • UNDP's potential niches
    • options for strategic positioning an future programming (value-added / cutting-edge / tagreted interventions)
    • options for strategic partnerships and resource mobilization
    • bases: UNDP's comparative strengths/advantages, experience and capacity

Aim (WHAT)


(based on Susanne's brainstorm summary)

Two main aspects:

  • Niche for UNDP and put UNDP on the map as organization to go for water issues in the region
  • Matrixed working of water governance sub-practice - COs, BRC (RBEC & GEF Bratislava, Outpost in Almaty), RBEC NY, EEG-Water NY, Water Governance Facility, ...

Would do analysis to identify niche. -> Neeed some criteria for analysis in relation to UNDP's overall focus & strategic objectives, comparative strengths, etc.:

  • How strategic is the issue (??Susanne, please explain??)
  • is it wide-spread enough (widely relevant)?
  • Does it lend itself to donor interest
  • Does it related to work UNDP is doing in other areas (e.g. poverty-environment link)
  • Key issues for which we are well suited - water and conflict, transboundary WRM issues (neutral interlocutor)
  • ...

Identifying partners - what mix of gov't, private sector, CSOs?

Goal / Objectives

The finalized strategy will allow (Outcome):

  • Coherent UNDP vision and programme of action (in the RBEC region)
  • Coherent presentation to outside world (incl. donors)
  • Coherent reource Mobilization Efforts (thus effectiveness & efficiency)

Therefore, the objectives for drafting the strategy are:

  • Analyzing current situation based on document review, consultation with CO-colleagues, experts and pratitioners (e.g. project staff), stakeholders (?)...

Draft Outline of Approach & Process (HOW and WHO)

Suggested General Approach

Clasically, when UNDP enters into any stratgic exercise, consultants are mandated to review existing documents, go on missions and gather additional information, consult with (a limited number of) HQ and CO colleagues, and suggesting a strategy (or more seldomly options).

Altenratively, THIS exercise tries to adopt a consultative and team-based approach: Instead of solely targeting the endPRODUCT (= a strategy paper), a main focus will be on the PROCESS of gathering knowledge (= not only information, but also experience, lessons from the past, and opinions) and involving relevant stakeholders. Additionally, this knowledge gained should not only serve as "introduction chapter" for the strategy, but will be made available for the CoP and practitioners in the region FOR THEIR DAILY WORK.

Colleagues throughout the UNDP have agreed in Nov 05 to engage into such a process of corporate elaboration of a strategy for UNDP in Europe & CIS. It was further suggested to use up-to-date media and tools. WaterWiki can provide both a working platform (workspace) for this process as well as the host/media for the "end-product": A core-text (the strategic directions and recommendations for UNDP's Water Governance interventions in Europe & CIS) embeded into all the information (regional and country situations, reports, external information, etc.) and knowledge (lessons from projects and policy advice on national, regional and global level) that was generated during the process and recorded on WaterWiki.

In a way, WaterWiki in its entirety and as sytematic record of this whole process would replace any single-document strategy paper, and would provide not only related information and knowledge on demand (by simply following the hyper-links in the core-text), but be flexible and grow further after this exercise will end.

Roles & Responsibilities (Matrixed working approach)

UNDP's Water Governance Sub-Practice consists of various colleagues and processes, situated in different offices with istinct functions:


Functions / Role in the process:

  • Strategic direction setting / Prioritizing
  • Link to RBEC's "daily business"
  • Regional Policy- and Donor- perspective


  • No specialized technical mandate
  • Line-unit (mandated to implement activities)

BDP/EEG Water Team

Functions / Role in the process:

  • Global dialogue, advocacy (UNDP-intern)
  • Avice on methodological approach
  • Knowledge Management (global level)
  • External/global Policy & Donor-perspective


  • Global policy guidance
  • Substantive/technical direction setting (global level)
  • Informed about on-going (external) policy discussions
  • Informed about donor/partner landscape

BRC PSPD/E&E Practice

Functions / Role in the process:

  • Process Coordination & Driving
  • Regional Dialogue, advocacy
  • Knowledge Management (regional level)
  • Regional Partner- and Donor-perspective


  • Actively implementing regional projects
  • CO-support, advocacy, programme/project formulation

BRC: Sub-regional Water Governance Advisor (Almaty)

Functions / Role in the process:

  • Sub-regional dialogue, advocacy, Knowledge Management, Partner/Donor-perspective
  • Knowledge Management (regional level)
  • Substantive contribution
  • ...


  • Sub-regional perspective

COs (in RBEC region)

Functions / Role in the process:

  • National Dialogue, advocacy, partner/Donor-contacts
  • Knowledge Management (national level)
  • Consultation and "Reality-ckeck"


  • National (regional) project implementation (support)
  • Most direct contact to regional partners
  • CPs

WGF Stockholm

Functions / Role in the process:

  • Substantive contributions & advocacy
  • Knowledge Management (global level)


  • involved in targeted project activities
  • mandate to technically support project & activities

External partners

HDR Office
Function / Role in the Process:


WHO Europe
Function / Role in the Process:


EEA - European Environment Agency
Function / Role in the Process:


EAP Task Force
Function / Role in the Process:


Function / Role in the Process:



Consultation with a) COs and b) key practitioners and partners in the region will be crucial to ensure relevance, adequacy, and comprehensiveness of the Strategy. Major consultation steps are foreseen as follows:


Coordination with other processes

HDR 2006:

  • Jan-Mar 06: identify common grounds, potential for joint analysis, etc.
  • Apr-Aug 06: cooperation (as identified and feasible)

"Environment for Europe" / Belgrade 2007:


(potential) UNDP-WHO joint assessment of regional WSS status:

  • Rural Water Supply & Sanitation (WSS)
  • New set of indicators to assess situation in Europe & CIS

Suggested Roadmap and Timeline (BY WHEN?)

Step 1: Agreement on the drafting process & roadmap itself

Jan06: Developing & agreeing on a "Roadmap" for the drafting process (this workspace)

  • aim and approach
  • target group & beneficiaries (audience)
  • work plan / timeline / "Roadmap"
  • expected work volume and financial needs
  • consultation process / steps
  • ...

by ....06: Draft Roadmap

Mar 06: Consultation with RBEC/BDP management & colleagues on the process

  • identifying & allocating financial resources

by 15 April 06: Final Roadmap, workplan, financial coverage, work organisation

  • responsibilities for (sub-) chapters

Step 2: Defining Objective, Scope and Sructure (ToC)

by .....06: Draft ToC

  • main objective and scope of strategy
  • overall structure & main chapter headings
  • ....

Apr/May 06: First Introduction to, and consultation with COs and Water-CoP

  • introducing exercise itself (Aim, Approach, Roadmap)
  • Presenting Objectives, Scope, draft ToC
  • inviting comments on process / contributions to ToC / substantial inputs

by 30 Apr 06: Final ToC

Step 3: "Drafting I": Info and knowledge codifying (on WaterWiki), editing, on-line discussions, etc.

May-Aug 06: Drafting main chapters

  • Analyzing available info & material (UNDP and external sources)
  • tasking consultants for in-depth background and analysis (result: thematic and geographic WaterWiki articles)
  • collaborating with HDR 06 team & drafting process, projects (TWME-ECCA), etc.
  • collaboration with "Water Knowledge Fair" project (preparation of "knowledg exhibit", virtual interactions, etc. planned for fall 2006)
  • close exchange and working (tele-)meetings among core group and with external resource persons

Jun/Jul 06: mid-term work group meeting in NY

Step 4: "Drafting II": Strategic Core-Text

Aug-Oct 06:

  • drafting strategic approach core-text (by expert team)
  • fully linking with info on WaterWiki
  • consultation process with COs, partners, RBEC management

by Oct 06:

  • Finalization and launch of UNDP's Regional Strategic Aproach (= WaterWiki with core-text) parallel to launch of HDR 2006

possibly following Oct 2006: further consultation and verification steps (e.g. linked to a regional Evaluation Exercise on Water Governance) ....

Summary of Milestones

Draft (& annotated) ToC

-> Please proceed to the Annotated TOC-page.

Key Reference Material

Whole region and Global

Central Asia


Central & S/E Europe

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