This report tracks our activities between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 (Fiscal Year 2019). It provides a record of our strategic approach, our governance structures, and our work at the country level during the year.
The track record of the 2030 WRG in stewarding Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) from dialogue to action and impact is growing and has shown significant results in Fiscal Year 2018 (1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018). A total of 746 partners (308 from the private sector, 154 from government, 284 from civil society/other) participating in MSPs in 14 countries/states, have created working relationships across stakeholders and helped to break down traditional silos to establish MSPs that survive changes in government.
The year was mostly focused on the hosting transition from the International Finance Corporation to the World Bank Water Global Practice. As part of this new arrangement, Kristalina Georgieva, at the time Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank Group, appointed Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, as Co-Chair of the 2030 WRG Governing Council to serve together with Paul Bulcke, Chairman of Nestlé. As the 2030 WRG welcomed new Steering Board Members, the year offered the opportunity to revisit work program priorities as well as 2030 WRG communication efforts. This new and revised Annual Report aims to focus more on impact and innovation stories, showcasing collective action and partner contributions.
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The working groups identified their priorities and developed 83 concept notes in total, which were used to create 67 proposals during the year. Of these, 58 are being prepared for implementation, and 53 have been fully implemented.
In 2016, the 2030 WRG helped set up 10 national Multi-Stakeholder Platforms, 36 working groups collaborated on proposals, 505 active partners participated in steering boards and working groups, and 14 programs were being implemented on the ground.
This year’s annual report cover is a photo of a cotton flower. The 2030 WRG launched the Maharashtra Cotton Water Platform to enhance and de-risk the livelihoods of over 500,000 cotton farmers by delivering coordinated solutions for sustainable agricultural practices and water security in the Marathwada and Vidharba regions of Maharashtra, India.
In 2015, the 2030 WRG continued to work with water-stressed countries, at their invitation, to coordinate a response to the immense challenge of water security. We help the public sector, private sector, and civil society work together to find solutions to the water crisis and responsibly manage this precious resource.
The report contains key highlights of our work in ten country engagements, including our efforts to invest in irrigation solutions in Karnataka, prioritize water projects in Peru, and incentivize improved water usage in South Africa. Read more about our plans to expand to other countries.
This report presents some exciting results in the 2030 WRG countries, where the past year has seen much progress. The team has worked hard to facilitate the process and discussions needed to identify focus areas for upcoming projects and programs. The 2030 WRG, now operating in its second phase, continues to build and foster valuable partnerships among relevant key stakeholders to achieve a more water-secure future. Bringing transformative change to water resources planning is a complex process. By facilitating open, trust-based dialogue processes with all stakeholders, key priorities have been collectively identified and agreed upon in many of our countries of engagement.
Sustainable change cannot be achieved through better water resources management unless boundaries are regularly enlarged to be more inclusive. The 2030 WRG is adding a second, “horizontal” dimension to its institutional growth. We are highlighting a priority that we assign to this approach through this report entitled Expanding Our Horizons.
We expand knowledge and involvement in water management issues well beyond ministries by engaging the public and private sectors, and civil society, to whom we reach out because we want them to become part of the solution to water management issues.
The 2030 WRG entered a new phase in 2012. Thanks to the collaboration between the 2030 WRG and our partners, donors, governments, companies, NGOs, and CSOs, we experienced great progress and achievements in the year. Together, we have shaped the agenda for discussion on water resources and established new models for collaboration.