Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Improved Water Governance

Workshop Series

Multi-Stakeholders Platforms for Improved Water Governance

Workshop Series

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What are the workshops about?

The Global Water Partnership, in collaboation, with Cap-Net UNDP and Wagenigen University and Research are launching the “Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) for Improved Water Governance Workshop Series” to enhance the skills of CWP leaders, RWP staff, and Cap-Net network managers on key MSP capability areas and reveal actionable insight on what makes an effective MSP for the water sector.  


To provide an opportunity for country leaders and network managers to learn about cutting-edge tools, strategies, and concepts to strengthen their skills in key MSP capability areas for transformative change in the water sector. Specific objectives include:

  • To increase peer-to-peer exchanges and leverage cross-learning insights for country platform leaders on how to build stronger MSPs for increased impact;
  • To harvest groundtruthing experience identifying successful strategies and lessons learned from CWPs and networks on their work in relation to gender, climate, private sector engagement, transboundary, and SDGs;
  • To enhance country leaders’ sense of belonging to, and benefiting from, a global network and a global community of MSP practitioners.

Content and Format

The MSP Workshop Series will consist of six different workshops, each of them linked to a key capability area needed to establish and maintain an effective MSP in the water sector (schedule below). Each workshop will be held on Zoom and last 3 hours. The sessions will be divided into three segments of about 45-50 minutes each, separated by short coffee/comfort breaks. They are:

  • Keynote lecture where cutting-edge tools, concepts and strategies linked to a specific MSP capability area will be introduced by leading experts in the field;
  • Story telling on real-life GWP partner experiences, showing practical wisdom gained and challenges met in practice with specific focus on the lessons learned and implications for other MSPs operating in the water sector.
  • Practical exercises in small breakout groups where participants can test their understanding of specific elements introduced in the workshop. These breakouts will include visioning tools, strategic scenario making, and serious games.

Workshop participants are invited to access the MSP Workshop Series page hosted on CAP-NET’s Virtual Campus platform. All workshop materials including the recording of the sessions, readings, references, slides, tools, etc., will be uploaded onto the virtual campus. The virtual campus also has discussion board feature where participants will be able to exchange and ask questions to workshop facilitators and invited experts.

Click on "register for the course" to get access to the Virtual Campus (course registration will open on the 12th of July)


To increase the quality of the training and exchanges, the participation for these workshops will be by invitation only. The target audience will be limited to:

  • Country Water Partnership
  • CAP-NET Network Managers
  • Regional Water Partnership

Participants are encouraged to attend the entire MSP workshop series though they can also choose to attend specific sessions.


The workshop series will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation available in Spanish, Russian, and French. Please indicate your language preference in the zoom registration form in advance.

The workshops

Schedule (all events 14:00-17:00 CET)

Workshop 1

15 July: Context Analysis

Primary Components: Policy analysis; Stakeholder analysis

Secondary Components: GESI analysis; Network mapping

Workshop 2

12 August: Setting an agenda for change

Primary Components: Theory of Change; Project Design
Secondary Components: Impact pathways; alliance building; Cynefin framework

Workshop 3

9 September: Knowledge management

Primary Components: Virtual platforms and innovative technologies for knowledge transfer; Leveraging research.

Secondary Components: Inclusive monitoring and evaluation; Learning loops.

Workshop 4

13 October: Financial resource mobilisation

Primary Components: business planning model canvas; climate financing.

Secondary Component: gender responsive budgeting.

Workshop 5

11 November: Effective communication

Primary Components: Non-violent communication; Communication strategy and techniques; Liberation Structures

Secondary Components: Gender transformative communications; Youth and social media management

Workshop 6

9 December: Negotiation and Conflict Management

Primary Components: Interest-based negotiation, Consensus building

Secondary Components: Transboundary cooperation, Leveraging traditional/indigenous forms of cooperation and conflict resolution

Language: English, French, Russian, and Spanish

Structure: lecture, case studies, practical exercises, readings, videos

Level: Introductory.

Content: readings, videos, workshops.

Total time dedication: 18 hours.

Institutions: GWP, Wageningen University, Cap-Net UNDP

Certification: upon completion of at least 5 workshops