Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean

A Multi-level Approach

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This report addresses multilevel governance challenges in water policy in the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) and identifies good practices for co-ordinating water across ministries, between levels of government, and across local and regional actors.  Based on the OECD Multilevel Governance Framework and a survey on water governance, the report i) maps the allocation of roles and responsibilities in 13 LAC countries’ water policy at central government and sub-national level; ii) identifies the main coordination “gaps” in terms of territorial and institutional fragmentation, funding mismatch, information asymmetry, accountability, objectives and capacity, and iii) provides a range of mechanisms to improve water governance at all levels and foster capacity-building.

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Mapping institutional roles and responsibilities

This chapter outlines the roles and responsibilities of actors in the design, regulation, budget and implementation of water policy, as well as the modalities for allocating roles and responsibilities in the water sector at central government and sub-national level. It offers a preliminary typology of LAC countries based on the institutional organisation of their water sector and it identifies key features and trends within the region in terms of allocating roles and responsibilities. Information was collected from the responses of 13 LAC countries to an OECD questionnaire.

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