Public governance


Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Water Governance

This report assesses the current trends, drivers, obstacles, mechanisms, impacts, costs and benefits of stakeholder engagement in the water sector. It builds on empirical data collected through an extensive survey across 215 stakeholders, within and outside the water sector, and 69 case studies collected worldwide. It highlights the increasing importance of stakeholder engagement in the water sector as a principle of good governance and the need for better understanding of the pressing and emerging issues related to stakeholder engagement. These include: the shift of power across stakeholders; the arrival of new entrants that ought to be considered; the external and internal drivers that have triggered engagement processes; innovative tools that have emerged to manage the interface between multiple players, and types of costs and benefits incurred by engagement at policy and project levels. This report provides pragmatic policy guidance to decision makers and practitioners in the form of key principles and a Checklist for Public Action with indicators, international references and self-assessment questions, which together can help policy makers to set up the appropriate framework conditions needed to yield the short and long-term benefits of stakeholder engagement.

Published on April 13, 2015

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Foreword and acknowledgements
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Stakeholder engagement and the water agenda
Drivers of stakeholder engagement in the water sector
Mapping water-related stakeholders at all levels
Obstacles to engaging stakeholders in the water sector
Stakeholder engagement me chanismsin the water sector
Assessing stakeholder engagement in the water sector
Stakeholder engagement in the water sector: Key principles and a Checklist for Public Action
Stakeholders’ profiles11 chapters available
National governments
Sub-national governments
International organisations
Service providers and their networks
Watershed institutions and their networks
Financial actors
Civil society
Science and academia
Annexes6 chapters available
Parliamentarians in water-related stakeholder engagement
Agricultural actors in water-related stakeholder engagement
Trade unions in water-related stakeholder engagement
Media in water-related stakeholder engagement
Cross case study list
List of respondents to the OECD survey
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