Phase 1

Step 1.02.01 , Situation Analysis: Governance


(1) identify/map stakeholders; (2) identify champions; and (3) identify institutional and political conditions; and (4) explore the role of partnerships

Avg. Time Frame
3 months (global average)
  • What is stakeholder mapping/analysis?

    Alejandro Calvache, The Nature Conservancy

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  • Why is it important to identify institutional and political conditions?

    Froylan Hernandez-Ruiz, The Nature Conservancy

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  • What is the key to an effective partnership?

    Lisa Wojnarowski Downes, The Nature Conservancy

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Key Ideas

  • Involve key stakeholders as early as possible

    Incorporating key stakeholders from the onset of exploring the Water Fund idea is important. These stakeholders typically hold invaluable information and experience regarding water security in the region and will likely hold opinions regarding the role a Water Fund might be able to play.

  • At this phase of the process, extensive engagement of stakeholders is not necessary

    While key stakeholders should be engaged to learn more, not all stakeholders need to be engaged at this point of the Project Cycle. Stakeholders who can help advise on the technical, institutional, or political conditions should be engaged. The Stakeholder Mapping tool provided below should help you identify who should be engaged.

  • Stakeholders may become strong allies of the WF

    Stakeholders may form strategic partnerships that help to catalyze the Water Fund and/or mitigate risks early-on in the development process.

Key Questions

The key questions that need to be addressed to better understand the current situation include:

  • Have you built an inventory of relevant government agencies, policies, and regulatory frameworks?
  • Are there national, state, or local legal conditions that would prevent, limit, or catalyze the development of a Water Fund?
  • Who are the key stakeholders? What is the current 'appetite' of stakeholders?
  • Who are potential champions?
  • Are other initiatives in place with similar objectives and with whom we can collaborate (or at a minimum ensure we are not competing)?
  • What could be the role of partnerships?
  • How does the country or countries in which the Water Fund would operate rank in terms of transparency and corruption?