6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sector (Online)

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6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sector

The 6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity Development: From Capacity Development to Implementation Science will bring together scholars, decision-makers and practitioners to discuss the current and future role of capacity development within policy, operational practice and education. As in previous years, the event will act as a catalyst to build commitment among participants, leading to future action and collaboration. For this 6th edition, the Symposium will pay particular attention to effective implementation and aim to move towards a concept of implementation science for the water sector.

Focus of the Symposium
By bringing together key stakeholders to consider the most pressing challenges and emerging solutions in the field, the Symposium aims to identify and improve upon the concepts, priorities, strategies and tools to develop institutional capacity and share knowledge at a global scale for addressing these challenges. The Symposium will help outline the core skills, knowledge and attitudes the world’s water professionals and the institutions will need, and to build clear commitment to identify and act on concrete multi-stakeholder actions.

The Symposium aims to build on the concepts of capacity development and move towards an implementation science. Though most countries now dispose of policies, laws and plans, their effective implementation remains the systemic challenge. Implementation science is commonly defined as the study of strategies and methods to promote the embedding into routine practice of interventions that have proven effective, with the aim of enhancing overall water security

Themes of the Symposium:
• Unpacking and redefining the nature and goals of capacity development. How can implementation science help in developing capacity and strengthening state capability?

• Capacity for water agencies and the water sector as a whole to operate under conditions of risk, complexity and uncertainty. How do strengthened capabilities for effective governance systems in water management support institutional change processes? 

• Capacity for negotiation and for managing risk and conflict in water services, river basins and international waters. 

• Capacity for helping water organizations such as utilities, water boards, ministries, private operators and water users (NGOs, CSOs, and other community groups) to become better targeted, more resilient and more effective through deeper partnerships for the extension of water services, especially the ‘last-mile’ to reach the more vulnerable and poor communities.

• Capacity in the water and financial sectors to ensure sustained and sustainable financing. 

• Capacity to accelerate knowledge-sharing and commitment among individuals and organizations, across civil society. How do we share our knowledge, and how can we raise more ownership and responsibility about water matters among our staff, our families, society, and current and future generations?

• Developing strategies and methods to enhance the quality, impact and effectiveness of education and training and to develop behavioral and leadership skills, and continual-learning attitudes among professionals and inside institutions. 

• Capacity to optimize the use of new ‘big data’, ICT, Artificial Intelligence, internet-based communication, and other enabling e-based technologies to strengthen institutional and individual capacity.

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