Although water scarcity is a global concern, its effects are more likely to be felt locally. And although water scarcity affects everyone in water-stressed community, not every member of the community will experience its effects in the same way. A clear understanding of such characteristics of water scarcity guides our work in each country we are in. Accordingly, we have adopted an approach that focuses on the need to ACT: Analyze, Convene, and Transform.
The 2030 WRG raises awareness through analysis, triggers momentum by convening initiatives, and enables transformation. After applying this approach in our country engagements across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, this framework is still flexible, allowing us to tailor our engagements to meet the needs of each country.
Every water challenge exists within a specific context. The 2030 WRG works with local partners to develop peer-reviewed studies that will provide much-needed data that can be shared with their stakeholders. Having reliable and credible data enables us, our partners, and their stakeholders to raise awareness about the urgency and scale of their shared water challenges. It also gives them a common point of reference that makes dialogue – the starting point of collaboration – possible. Crucially, it gives them a basis to prioritize issues and formulate solutions that fit their unique needs.
Large and complex issues such as water security cannot be tackled without the commitment of all relevant stakeholders. Solutions are sustainable only when the voices of all stakeholders are heard. Using a macro view, the 2030 WRG conducts detailed stakeholder analyses to identify key decision-makers in the public sector, private sector, and civil society that can help create change. We bring them to the table and coordinate the efforts of stakeholders – many of whom have never had the opportunity to work together. Through these Multi-Stakeholder Platforms, stakeholders can engage in joint dialogue, build trust, and co-create solutions over which they can feel ownership.
Ultimately, overcoming complex water challenges requires fundamental transformation in the way governments, companies, and communities act. Based on the outcomes of our studies and the meetings we convene, we draft concrete proposals to help stakeholders implement innovative solutions and build lasting policies, institutions, and processes that can help them increase water efficiency and decrease pollution. In doing so, we help our partners build a water-secure future for themselves, their communities, and future generations.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership that supports country-level collaboration designed to unite diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources.