The Water Governance Programme advises governments at all levels on how to design and implement better water policies for better lives. It relies on the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI) and provides guidance through the OECD Principles on Water Governance.

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Water in Africa

As follow up of the 2021 OECD Water Governance in African Cities report, the OECD and UCLG-Africa launched a Roundtable of African Mayors for Water Security, which brings together 50+ Mayors from cities of different sizes across the five sub-regions of Africa to raise the voice and boost the capacity of city leaders. Read the flyer.

Read the Highlights of the launch of the Roundtable at the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal.

Read the Action Plan of Mayors, Local and Regional Governments for Water Security in English or French.

Cities and Regions for a Blue Economy

The blue economy is a major driver of urban and regional development, providing millions of local jobs. However, cities are facing growing water risks: urban property damage from flooding already costs USD 120 billion per year, and a drought can reduce a city’s economic growth by up to 12%. This project supports cities, regions and basins to tackle these risks and foster a resilient, inclusive, sustainable and circular approach to the blue economy that contributes to economic growth, social well-being and ecosystem preservation. Read the flyer in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Read also the blog post.

Women in Water Decision Making

Women and girls are the primary providers, managers, and users of water. However, women make up less than 17% of the water, sanitation, and hygiene labour force in developing economies and a fraction of the policymakers, regulators, management, and technical experts. The OECD, the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development Cooperation (BMZ) are joining forces to develop women-inclusive governance guidelines for water. Find the flyer here.

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