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Benefit Sharing in the Indus Basin: Nurturing Community Leadership for Water Governance

With water being one of the most shared finite resource in the world, rapidly deteriorating water quality, availability and storage capacity has recently become an even greater concern than before. These compounded effects directly cause water, energy and food insecurity and indirectly instigate conflicts amongst upper and lower riparian communities on an international, regional and national scale. With this in mind, the project aims to create a better informed constituency of civil society leaders and individuals who are engaged in water issues in a shared river context. This will involve enhancing mutual learning, knowledge sharing and research uptake of civil society stakeholders; training stakeholders in order to articulate community demands and effectively participate in the decision making of priority water issues with regards to the Indus Basin; and subsequently facilitating national and regional water policy dialogues.
To achieve this, LEAD Pakistan will utilise a cohort-based capacity building and mobilization approach leading up to on the ground actions and policy engagement. The first component of the project focuses on enhancing the knowledge, skills and conducting extensive capacity building of civil society leaders (the cohort) through a National Training Session. The cohort will then participate in Associate Projects and Webinars which will involve undertaking joint actions at the community level and engaging with policy makers. The training sessions will include implementing solutions for communities along the basin by contextualising priority themes such as climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and agriculture, which are some of the most pertinent issues faced by communities living along the Indus Basin. As a result of the trainings, we aim to engage with local communities, marginalized groups and those who are not only affected by water governance issues, but whose voices are usually not highlighted at the policy level when decisions regarding water sharing are usually devised.
The specific objectives of this project are:
1. To build leadership capacity of civil society for benefit sharing of water management for the Indus Basin intending to provide solutions for vulnerable communities;
2. To enable civil society stakeholder dialogues to develop shared understanding towards water governance and enhance engagement with decision makers.

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Start Date:01/11/2017
End Date:09/30/2017
Funded by:The Asia Foundation


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