Phase 3: Implementation

 

 

 

Key Activities and Related Tools

Monitor WSI participant representation and engagement of affected stakeholders over the course of the WSI, and take action to balance interests where needed.

Responsiveness, attendance at meetings, and engagement in the implementation of activities and in the coordination of the initiative should be monitored in regular intervals, to track stakeholder engagement throughout the implementation of a WSI.

Monitor WSI participant adherence with and exceptions to defined governance procedures.

Ensure that issues of noncompliance with WSI agreements are addressed in a timely and appropriate manner. Monitor and audit the adherence to financing and audit protocols, and refine those in case provisions are not suitable or sufficient.

Regularly question and verify the WSI’s theory of change and adapt/improve to ensure that it is aligned with stated WSI objectives and contributes to sustainable water management more generally.

How? Tool 2: WSI Model — A Template to Describe the Logic of WSIs provides a template to capture in a nutshell how a WSI will operate and generate shared benefits. It provides the basis for developing a strategy to improve the impact and integrity of the WSI. The WSI model provides a structure through which WSI participants can clearly and transparently discuss key aspects of the WSI so they can understand whether the WSI is meetings its theory of change.

Periodically make accessible to WSI participants and affected stakeholders information on performance of the WSI in relation to stated objectives and predicted benefits.

How? Throughout this stage, effective use of monitoring and evaluation will be necessary to understand how well the WSI is meeting its stated objectives. Agreement on a shared goal, outcomes, and outputs, and systematic collection and assessment of delivery against these, is vital to enable learning, inform decisions, and improve practice in future, for internal and external accountability against the resources used, and for appraisal of WSI effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability. Further guidance on development and use of monitoring and evaluation can be found in Tool 7: Basics for WSI Monitoring and Evaluation.

Other Applicable Tools

Tool 1a: WSI Integrity Risk Assessment The purpose of carrying out a risk assessment is to enable the WSI to take the measures necessary to ensure high levels of integrity among its individual participants, for the governance and management of the initiative, and for its relationship with the broader context and environment. Understanding which integrity risks are most likely and most hazardous provides the basis to manage integrity systematically. This is key to avoiding potential policy capture and credibility issues for the WSI partners, and can help maximize value for money, longevity, and positive impact for the environment and society. An integrity risk assessment may be carried out at any stage in a WSI, though it will be most beneficial at the outset.

Tool 1b: Facilitator’s Guide for Participatory Integrity Risk Management Exercises Participatory integrity risk management exercises are meant to initiate a change process with participants to jointly enhance the WSI’s integrity. In existing WSIs that have not yet followed an explicit integrity management approach, these exercises can serve as a starting point to align the WSI with the Integrity Management Guidelines. The sequence of exercises is meant to facilitate a step-wise process to identify the key activities and the supporting tools that enhance the initiative’s integrity most effectively. To use time effectively, exercises should be combined and adapted to include other risks a WSI may be facing, and should be embedded into the overall management approach of the initiative. In WSIs that have integrated systematic risk management from the planning phase, the exercises serve to take stock, refine, and complement the measures put in place, to plan next steps, and to further sensitize participants.

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