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Balancing Hardware with Software for Sustainable Agricultural Water management

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  • 1.IFAD Workshop on: Balancing Hardware with Software for Sustainable Agricultural Water management Rome, 18 April 2011 Contribution to the discussionbyJan Luijendijk

2. Vision & Mission UNESCO-IHE envisions a world in which people manage their water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner, and in which all sectors of society can enjoy the benefits of basic services. Mission of the Institute is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organisations and knowledge centres in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure, in developing countries and countries in transition. 3. Importance of Knowledge and Capacity

  • We are living now in aKnowledge Society
  • The need for knowledge and know-how is rapidly changing as well:both in quantity and in content
  • As a consequence:Information and knowledge have become crucial factors in the performance and effectiveness of individuals and organisations.
  • Developing countries haveinsufficient human and institutional capacityin professional organizations to fully participate in the knowledge society.
  • KM and CDare in fact two sides of the same coin

4. Knowledge

  • Explicit Knowledge:
  • Knowledge (Information) stored in:
  • papers, reports, books, CD-Roms,
  • (grey) literature, Models, Technologies
  • Implicit Knowledge = Tacit Knowledge:
  • Knowledge in people
  • Knowledge Management:
  • KM: Creating a learning organization in which everyone is stimulated to handle his/her personal knowledge with care, and share his/her knowledge.

5. Capacity Development

  • Capacity development:
  • is the process by which individuals, organizations, institutions and societies develop abilities (individually and collectively) to perform functions, solve problems and set and achieve objectives.( Lopes and Theisohn,1997)
  • CD is aimed at solving problems and improving performance.If problems and challenges change, so does the required capacity.
  • Capacity Development involves concerted efforts at multiple levels

6. + INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATION ENABLING ENVIRONMENT Knowledge & Capacity DevKnowledge and Capacity Outcome Factual knowledge Understanding Skills Attitudes Explicit Knowledge : Training Education Tacit Knowledge : ApprenticeshipPeer learning Learning-by-doing Political priorities Policies Regulatory frame Public administration Fiscal frame Accountability Strategies Human Resources Management Pol Administrative procedure Budget frame Accountability frame System to learn lessons Change management Tech advice on structure, mgmt, & incentives Human Resources Dev. Peer learning Learning-by-doing Networking Press Technical advice Dialogue Peer learning Learning-by-doingKNOWLEDGE UNDERSTANDING SKILLS ATTITUDES ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE CONDUCIVENESS GOOD GOVERNANCE + =>> SECTOR PERFORMANCE Indicator/ Attribute

  • Competences of the individual and the organization:
  • Technical
  • Managerial
  • On governance
  • For continual learning and innovation

CIVIL SOCIETY Water literacySocial/indigenous capital Culture Awareness raising Mass communication Learning-by-doing Framework for Capacity development(Alaerts and Kaspersma, 2010) 7. Balancing H:S (1)

  • Some considerations/questions:
  • Theneed for Capacity Development in the water sector is increasingbecause of new challenges, like
      • Population growth and urbanization
      • Climate change
  • Many countries are in a process ofwater sector reformadopting
  • IWRM and changing the paradigm (from a focus on development to management and from specific users to multiple users)
  • As a consequence: - more involvement ofmultiple stakeholders - increase incomplexityof the problems -Need for new knowledge and skills of all actors involved

8. Balancing H:S (2)

  • Some considerations/questions:
  • Capacity Development is becoming more diverse. In the past : Capacity building was mainly training;
  • In the future : Based on a capacity building needs analysis a well-balanced set of CB measures and interventions should be implemented.
  • Case Indonesia: (request for staff training)
    • No HRM policy
    • Staff not qualified
    • No HRD unit in place
    • Tasks organization unclear
    • Water Law is too vague and not enough elaborated
  • Its all about learning: individual, organizational and social

9. Balancing H:S (2)

  • Some considerations/questions:
  • How do we define the S-component? In the past : focus on H-implementation.Standard 2- 5% of investments spent on CB activities (mostly training); In the future?focus on an inclusive design and formulation process, maximum performance and sustainability. It includes all activities needed to build the capacity of different actors involved to realize an optimal H-investment.
  • Criteria: include knowledge of relevant stakeholders maximize relevance/effectiveness optimize cost-benefit/efficiency maximize sustainability/ownership
  • The S-component comprises all KCD activities to optimize and sustain the H-component

10. Ideas for applying new frameworks

  • A framework to identify and involve multiple actors (4Bs)
  • A framework to facilitate information and knowledge sharing in water related development projects (WICKS)

11. A new framework for facilitating cooperation, communication and co-learning among stakeholders in the public domain (4B-framework)

  • The classical paradigmis characterized by separation of public power and responsibilities leading to long top-down hierarchical and bureaucratic decision making procedures and technocratic solutions for societal problems.
  • The new paradigmis proposing new, effective and efficient ways of dealing with problems in society by introducing an open andmultilateral cooperationand network based decision processes amongfour societalBasicforcesto develop collaboratively creative and innovative solutions.(Physics of cooperation by Ad de Rooij ;in Dutch)

12. A new framework for facilitating cooperation, communication and co-learning among stakeholders in the public domain (4B-framework)

  • The basic hypothesis of the framework is the multiple interactions of four societal Basic-forces connected to groups of actors, each with their own role and responsibility:
      • i)citizens/communities force : end-users with experienced problems and wishes;
      • ii)administrators force : vision and the public decision power for the realization process;
      • iii)bureaucrats force : care-takers of the process and the integration approach, and
      • iv) companies/NGOs force : creation and realization of solutions
  • Any infrastructure or community development can be described and analyzed with the 4B-Framework.It structures objects, subjects and actors, and supports multiple co-learning on integrated strategies to solve social, economic and ecological problems on a local scale.

13. Aframework for facilitating information sharing and communication (WICKS) R.Price Figure: Information communication framework Data collection interface Procedural interface Analysis interface Data collection interface 14. Aframework for facilitating information sharing and communication (WICKS) R.Price

    • This framework is built on thenotion that:
    • We live and work in the physical and social world simultaneously
    • The involvement of stakeholders in water projects is essential for the sustainability of associated physical, technical and social interventions.
    • Successful involvement depends on a suitable generation, analysis and communication of information between the engineering, technical and social science professionals, the decision makers, and the beneficiaries.
    • Information and communication technologies (ICT) can increasingly facilitate the information and knowledge management and the involvement of all stakeholders in water projects.
    • The corresponding information communication system (ICS) tools can facilitate the decision making processes in the water sector taking into account the proposed physical interventions and the related social changes.

15. Aframework for facilitating information sharing and communication (WICKS) R.Price

    • Information communication tools can facilitate the decision making processes by:
    • Monitoring, Modelling, and Managing the physical (water)world
    • Knowledge mapping, Knowledge acquisition, Knowledge sharing (communication) and developing Decision Support Systems

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