Welcome to the Water Funds Network!
What is the Water Funds Network?
The Water Funds Network is a nascent community of experts who work to advance water funds across the globe. Members of the Network hold expertise in a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including knowledge in areas such as legal, aquatic science, management, financial planning, fundraising, geographic information systems, monitoring, stakeholder engagement, and much more!
What is the goal of the Network?
To build a global network of water fund practitioners who are empowered to succeed in their roles through knowledge exchanges, increased collaboration with other Network members, and the joint identification of solutions to challenges related to the scoping, designing, and operation of water funds.
How long has the Network existed?
The Network was started in 2014 and has steadily increased in membership and the number of connections between members (i.e. level of interaction and communication between members).
How many members are currently in the Network?
As of February 2018, the Network has more than 200 members.
What is the geographic distribution of members in the Network?
The Network currently includes membership from across Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and North America. See the results of annual surveys to learn more about membership distribution, preferences for network activities, skillsets, and more.
How is data on members collected?
Members have completed annual surveys for the past four years, which have provided critical data for enhancing the overall understanding of the Network's distribution, capacity, preferences, and needs. Among the range of other useful information that these surveys provide, the resultant data facilitates the mapping of 'connectivity' between members. This mapping provides an important measure of 'how connected' members are over space and time, which consequently provides an indication of where improvements can be made and how we can better function as a community. For these reasons, it is very important that members complete the annual surveys. Surveys are completed every March.
What is expected of members?
By gaining access to this large network of water funds experts, members are expected to adhere to the following requirements to maintain their membership: (1) A shared commitment to the Network's goal; (2) Hold a recognized expertise or competence that is important to developing water funds; (3) Hold capacity to collaborate with other members; and (4) Frequently encourage fellow members and provide constructive criticism where appropriate.
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Access Community Platform
TNC hosts a community platform that is open to all Water Funds Practitioners - internal and external to TNC - who are willing to meet the member expectations specified above. This global community posts about network activities, discussion boards, and upcoming events on this platform, which is hosted on Workplace by Facebook. Access can be secured free of charge for non-profits, small fees may apply for private sector members. Please contact Emily Simmons (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.