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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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Multi-level co-ordination instruments for water policy making

Evidence from the LAC region

This chapter identifies the policy instruments used by governments to bridge multi-level governance gaps considered to be bottlenecks in the co-ordination and implementation of water policy. An in-depth focus on instruments fostering horizontal co-ordination across ministries, horizontal co-ordination across local actors, and vertical co-ordination between levels of government, shows the variety of practices adopted by LAC countries for multi-level co-ordination of water policies and capacity building at sub-national level.

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