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News Special issue of Water Policy on Knowledge and Capacity Development launched at IWA Congress

On Tuesday, 15 October 2013, a Special Issue on Leadership in Knowledge and Capacity Development in the Water Sector in the journal Water Policy was launched by guest editors Dr. Uta Wehn de Montalvo and Professor Guy Alaerts from UNESCO-IHE’s core group on Knowledge and Capacity Development.

Collectively, the contributions examine knowledge and capacity development in both, the water services and the water resources sub-sectors. In order to be linked well to current local realities, the papers rely on academic analyses based on empirical research as well practitioners' accounts based on their professional experience. Together, the papers in this special issue and the insights from the Symposium summarised in the editorial introduction to the special issue present an overview of the current state of the art in knowledge and capacity development in the water sector. The editorial introduction raises salient policy implications and outlines a research agenda for knowledge and capacity development in the water sector and beyond. All papers are available online.


The 5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development had been successfully convened in May 2013 and was co-organized by UNESCO-IHE, Cap-Net UNDP, ADB, VEI and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More than 220 delegates (water professionals and managers, development practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and capacity development specialists) from 60 countries gathered at UNESCO-IHE to take stock of progress made around the world and to review challenges, experience, and innovation in water sector knowledge and capacity development. The main focus was who is - or should be - taking the lead in developing capacity development across sectors, disciplines and other boundaries so they can be leveraged to become more effective and efficient. The Symposium consisted of 28 parallel sessions, 7 plenary sessions and a total of 45 papers were presented that had been selected from 115+ received abstracts in response to a call for abstracts. Both abstracts and full papers had been reviewed by a Scientific Committee consisting of 22 international experts. All Symposium-related information is available here.

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Source of information UNESCO-IHE
Keyword(s) water policy
Geographical coverage Netherlands,
News date 17/10/2013
Working language(s) ENGLISH