Step 2.00 , Design
The Design Phase is undertaken to design a Water Fund which serves as a regional collective action platform where stakeholders from all sectors convene, coordinate and collaborate to help improve water security through science-based systemic change.
Designing for Success
Fred Kihara from TNC describes how design decisions helped to make the case for the Nairobi WF
What is the reason this Phase needs to be done?
To design a Water Fund which serves as a regional collective action platform where stakeholders from all sectors convene, coordinate and collaborate to help improve water security through science-based systemic change.
What specific results do we aim to achieve?
- To have a compelling, actionable Strategic Plan that articulates how the Fund will contribute to improved water security in a region, describing ways it will:
- build a reputation as a credible convener and collective action platform;
- use this reputation to increase it’s ability to influence relevant public policy; and
- with sufficient influence, ultimately unlock the potential for creating significant positive water security impacts at scale.
- To have leadership (WF Director, Board and advisors) committed to the Fund’s strategy and plans with sufficient support from critical/priority stakeholders, donors/investors along with resources and/or commitments to move the Fund into the Creation and Operation Phases.
KEY DELIVERABLES / OUTCOMES
What are the tangible products resulting from this work?
- Updated Situation Analysis: As previously described, but the Report is updated to include new information, insights and/or stakeholder details contributed by the Board, advisors or other trusted sources.
- Design Studies: Design studies are technical analyses undertaken to inform design decisions related to the Water Fund’s: 1) portfolio of interventions, and 2) business case and long-term finance strategy.
- Water Fund Strategic Plan: A long term (5-year) plan which aims to create clarity, focus and a shared roadmap for implementing important strategic choices made by a Fund’s leadership.
- Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: a long-term plan which details the rationale, strategies, and costs for monitoring and evaluating the various projects being implemented by the Water Fund.
- Resourcing Agreement(s): With donors and investors committing resources to finance the Water Fund’s creation and initial operation.
What conditions must be satisfied to move forward?
- Clear and concise narrative of the region’s water security challenges and what contributions the Fund plans to make in helping address these concerns.
- A Strategic Plan that is endorsed/supported by the Fund’s leadership.
- Resources and/or sufficient financial commitments to create the Water Fund and operate it for up to 2 years.