EMPOWERS Partnership is proud to launch and share with the water and development communities a set of five publications related to local water governance and its different aspects. All publications can be accessed and downloaded from under EMPOWERS Main Outputs or our ETG Resources. The publications range from guidelines, methods and tools for use in an innovative approach to planning and dialogue within and between local and intermediate level stakeholders; to a Guide to Process Documentation.
Another publication is a story book documenting the successes and challenges faced by the community people and the water service providers as they plan together for the better management and development of their villages’ water resources. While the last publication is a set of principles and recommendations for policy and practice for improved local water governance…
All publications advocate a process of collaboration through dialogue, to bring about a change in the way water sector professionals and water users work with each other to better plan and manage their water resources, as well as, advocate the inclusion of marginalised groups in these planning and decision making process…
Click read more for the complete list and information about these publications. All publications are available in Arabic..
Advancing participation and dialogue in local water governance in the MENA Region
What is it?
The EMPOWERS thematic group (ETG) is a group of national, regional and international organizations with a shared desire to build on and scale-up the philosophy and approach to local water governance developed by EMPOWERS and similar projects. It does this by providing a platform for like minded individuals and organizations to meet, share information and experiences, undertake advocacy, and develop shared activities.
The vision of the group is of a region in which all water users (particularly the poor and vulnerable) and stakeholders are actively and meaningfully involved in the management of their water resources.
We believe that by achieving our vision we will in turn contribute to the wider cause of ensuring more equitable and sustainable development of the regions scarce water resources.
Who are we?
Currently the ETG is drawn in principle from the existing partners of the EMPOWERS programme, namely: INWRDAM, IRC, Care International (MERMU and in Egypt), PHG, CEDARE, CEOSS, DRTPC-Cairo University, in addition to the IUCN-WESCANA that joined the ETG just recently
The group is open to all and you are encouraged to join!
What is involved?
The group aims to provide a flexible and effective platform for its members. To this end, a light organizational framework has been developed, centered on a secretariat housed in INWRDAM. The secretariat will, in addition to ensuring an active network, maintain a web-site and quarterly newsletter as well as other information management, training and advocacy activities.
Two regional meetings of members will be organized every year, as a platform for sharing and programme development. Attendance of these meetings is the primary commitment asked of members.
In addition to an active engagement with the activities of the group a small membership fee is asked, to contribute to the costs of running the secretariat and information dissemination activities (US$ 100 for individuals; 750 for national organizations; 1,500 for regional and international organizations).
How to join…
Simply contact us (email@example.com) to find out more, or come to the next ETG meeting to see if it is something for you.
We look forward to meeting you!
Further details on the next ETG meeting will be posted here on the ETG website.
 ETG is a working title, reflecting the origins of the group. It is open to change or adaptation