Small Group Discussion Outcomes

Participants were invited to discuss the following questions in small groups of 4-5 people:

  1. What is one important dialogue-related challenge that you have experienced in one of your water projects in your country?
  2. Share one example of a lesson learned or best practice for applying a dialogue approach in one of your water projects.
  3. Name one or two results that you could improve or achieve through better dialogue in your water project.

Through these discussions, participants got to know one another better and started networking across countries in the MENA region.

In their exchanges, many emphasized the importance of dialogue in the water sector, including from the household and community level to the ministerial level. Others observed that interest in dialogue often varies across stakeholder groups. Participants pointed out that trust and reciprocity are key for engagement processes. In order to establish this trust, there is a need to go beyond email and phone communication to convening in-person meetings. At the same time, limitations on time and funds often lead to a dependence on virtual communication across the MENA region. A combination of approaches was seen as important for regional dialogue to manage transboundary water resources and shared basins, and to learn about best practices and lessons learned in different countries.

Finally, three webinar participants responded to our invitation for further engagement by sharing case studies from their countries.

  • Water Wise Initiative in Jordan
  • Energy Efficiency in the Tunisian Water Sector
  • Water Conservation in Tunisia

We plan to highlight further case studies in our next webinar, on this website and in a Best Practice Case Study publication.