The 2030 WRG Strategy
In early 2014, the 2030 Water Resources Group undertook an evaluation that delivered insights and arguments towards optimizing quality, steering and accountability of the platform and its deliverables. The objective was to reflect on its relevance, to determine its performance against expectations and to capture its efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. It will promote organizational learning and provide a source for evidence based decision making for enhanced strategic guidance, operational management and results orientation of the 2030 WRG in general. In particular, the outcomes of the evaluation informed the elaboration of the new Strategic Plan (July 2014 – June 2017) of the 2030 WRG.
The evaluation was performed by Dalberg and was based on a desk review, three country visits and close to 60 interviews with a diverse group of stakeholders and experts including 2030 WRG staff, Steering Board and Governing Council members, sector experts, and representatives from the public sector, private sector, and civil society. Some of the concrete conclusions and recommendations were immediately addressed and incorporated in the new Strategic Plan and Budget. This plan was approved by the Governing Council in its 27 June meeting.
- A clearer value proposition
- A better description of the ACT (Analyze, Convene, Transform) approach that 2030 WRG is using, including explicit reference to the flexibility and modular approach by which we implement it
- Opening up for a tiered approach when it comes to the level of involvement in a country, and when we can leave over the responsibility for the work to someone else
- Clearer definition of targets and indicators for our Objectives and Outcome
- Staffing and HR issues, including team size and structure
Other conclusions and recommendations were more briefly addressed in the Strategic Plan and Budget, where 2030 WRG committed to continue to develop those aspects of our work in the near future. Many of those recommendations focused on the need for 2030 WRG to develop effective partnerships with various actors; private sector, international organizations and civil society, at the global and local level. We find this a very important aspect of our work, particularly since we ourselves are one such partnership, working with other partners should be one of our strengths and core elements. This will be one main focus area for this upcoming year. Such aspects, building on recommendations in the evaluation include, but are not limited to:
- The development of a Theory of Change
- Structured approach for stakeholder mapping and engagement
- Partnerships with other international organizations
- Working with our global partners in the countries we work in
- Involvement of civil society in the governance of 2030WRG
- Strengthening of fundraising capabilities and attracting more private sector actors