Knowledge and capacity development in the water sector: special issue of Water Policy

Water management is particularly dependent on strong capacity, a solid knowledge base and awareness at all levels, including those of the individual, the organization, the sector institutions and the ‘enabling environment’. Yet getting all levels to operate in a coherent manner is challenging, and requires vision and leadership. A special issue of Water Policy seeks to further the understanding of leadership in knowledge and capacity development in the water sector. However, its theoretical and methodological insights will be of interest beyond that arena. The special issue resulted from selected papers presented at the 5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development held in Delft, The Netherlands. The best thing: they are free to download!

2014.02.15 Water PolicyCollectively, the contributions examine knowledge and capacity development in both the water services and water resources sub-sectors. In order to be linked well to current local realities, the papers rely on both academic analyses based on empirical research as well as practitioners’ accounts based on their professional experience. They present an overview of the current state of the art in knowledge and capacity development in the water sector.


acrobat icon Leadership in knowledge and capacity development in the water sector
     A status review
     by Uta Wehn de Montalvo and Guy Alaerts

acrobat icon Exploring water leadership
     by Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns and Uta Wehn de Montalvo

acrobat icon Developing T-shaped water professionals
     Reflections on a framework for building capacity for innovation through collaboration,
     learning and leadership
     by Brian S. McIntosh and André Taylor

acrobat icon Meeting the water and sanitation MDGs
     A study of human resource development requirements in Tanzania
     by Richard Kimwaga, Joel Nobert, Victor Kongo and Mpembe Ngwisa

acrobat icon Community management and sustainability of rural water facilities in Tanzania
     by Christina Geoffrey Mandara, Carja Butijn and Anke Niehof

acrobat icon Readiness and willingness of the public to participate in integrated water management
     Some insights from the Levant
     Philippe Ange Ker Rault, Heleen Vreugdenhil, Paul Jeffrey and Jill Hillary Slinger

acrobat icon Capacity development for urban development
     The evolution of the integrated urban management Masters course at the Ethiopian Civil Service University
     by Meine Pieter van Dijk, Carley Pennink and Saskia Ruisink

acrobat icon Local solutions in Non-Revenue Water management through North–South Water Operator Partnerships
     The case of Nakuru
     by Nancy Ndirangu, James Ng'ang'a, Anthony Chege, Reint-Jan de Blois and Adriaan Mels

acrobat icon Water operator partnerships and institutional capacity development for urban water supply
     by Richenel Breeveld, Leon Hermans and Siemen Veenstra

acrobat icon Key success factors for capacity development in the Brantas River Basin organisations in Indonesia
     by Tjoek Walujo Subijanto, Harianto, Raymond Valiant Ruritan and Fahmi Hidayat

acrobat icon Monitoring for learning and developing capacities in the WASH sector
     by Carmen da Silva Wells, René van Lieshout and Erma Uytewaal

acrobat icon Monitoring outcomes and impacts of capacity development in the water sector
     A Cap-Net UNDP experience
     by Indika Gunawardana, Kees Leendertse and Wibisono Handoko

acrobat icon What counts as ‘results’ in capacity development partnerships between water operators?
     A multi-path approach toward accountability, adaptation and learning
     by Maria Pascual Sanz, Siemen Veenstra, Uta Wehn de Montalvo, Rob van Tulder and Guy Alaerts

acrobat icon From knowledge and capacity development to performance improvement in water supply
     The importance of competence integration and use
     by Silas Mvulirwenande, Guy Alaerts and Uta Wehn de Montalvo

acrobat icon Knowledge leads, policy follows? Two speeds of collaboration in river basin management
     by Ellen Pfeiffer and Jan Leentvaar