scientists, water service personnel and civil society groups.
A new capacity-building network for Southeast Asia (SEA-CapNet) was launched in December 2002 during a regional forum. A capacitybuilding network was also formally launched in Vietnam in June 2003.
SUSTAINING THE NILE DELTA Ensuring sustainable use of water resources in the Nile Delta means addressing water issues and conflicts throughout the entire river basin, as far afield as Uganda and Rwanda.The Nile Basin Initiative is a multinational program designed to resolve water management problems by adopting the principles of IWRM, and thereby to alleviate poverty and promote economic development in the region. In recognition of the importance of capacity building, one of the major projects focuses on applied training. “It is through collaborative programs like this that capacity building can assist in translating water policies into better management,”Taylor concludes.
advancement of policy reform and language constraints.” The forum also provided an opportunity for capacity building promoters and service providers to present their programs and activities.This served to highlight current capacity building needs, available opportunities and gaps. A training workshop on the IWRM ToolBox helped to familiarize people with its concepts and applications.The participants will form local focal points and will pass their knowledge on to others, translating information into local languages where necessary. A capacity building network was formally launched in Vietnam (VietCapNet) in June 2003 during a national workshop on capacity building for IWRM organized by the Vietnam National Water Partnership with Cap-Net support.The main reason for forming VietCapNet is to support improved water management in Vietnam. The network will create a basis for co-operation between volunteer organizations in IWRM, strengthen the internal capacity and co-ordinate the actions of the members, base its activities on demand and develop co-operation with regional and international organisations.The first task of VietCapNet is to complete a detailed study of the requirements of specific target groups, which include government officers, water managers,
MAKING NETWORKS MORE EFFECTIVE Cap-Net and WaterNet undertook a review of lessons learned from the southern African network to assist other newly established networks. Experience shows that networks need clear management and operational guidelines for the sake of transparency and decision making. Membership should be open and inclusive and members will benefit most when the network functions by decentralizing operations and decision making to members as much as possible.These and other lessons have been included in the Network Management Guidelines available on the Cap-Net website: www.cap-net.org. Network managers’ meeting The first meeting of SEA-CapNet network managers produced the following guidelines for making networks effective: n Network structure need to be open and democratic to gain legitimacy and credibility n Networks should have a proper legal status n Networks should monitor changes in capacity building demand n Members should be motivated to participate and effective communication is vital to achieve this n Strategic planning is vital n Networks need to secure financial support.
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