Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

Indicator Framework and Evolving Practices

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Water and its improved governance are critical for economic growth, social inclusiveness and environmental sustainability. Three years after the adoption of the OECD Water Governance Principles, this report takes stock of their use and dissemination. It provides a water governance indicator framework and a set of evolving practices for bench-learning, building on lessons learned from different countries and contexts.


Based on an extensive bottom up and multi-stakeholder process within the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI), these tools are conceived of as voluntary methodologies to be carried out at country, region, basin and/or city levels to improve water policies. The indicator framework is composed of a traffic light system based on 36 input and process indicators and a checklist with questions on a number of more specific governance conditions. The framework concludes with an action plan to help prioritise steps towards better design and implementation of water policies.



OECD Water Governance Indicator Framework

This chapter presents a Water Governance Indicator Framework as a tool for dialogue on the performance of water governance systems at a given scale (city, basin, country or other) and needed changes over time. The chapter provides a description of the framework’s rationale, process, content and methodology as a result of a three-year consultation within the OECD Water Governance Initiative. The framework is intended to be used as a multi-stakeholder self-assessment tool across governments, public, private and non-profit sectors rather than as a monitoring or benchmarking tool. An earlier version of the indicator framework was pilot-tested by 12 institutions across the globe between May and November 2017. It is expected that lessons from the application of this indicator framework in the coming years will help fine-tune it if and where needed.


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