Category Archives: Changing practice and SAWC

Designs and action plans for case studies using social learning

This is the fifth deliverable in the NWRS2 citizen monitoring project. It focuses on the social learning ‘changing practice’ course that has been designed to support citizen-monitoring through four case studies. Course participants are active on water issues in each of the case study areas. They are linked to their local anchor organisation, which provides support to the learners, ‘takes up’ the research through implementing actions that arise, and provides institutional support to their Provincial Water Caucus (PWC). Thus the learning is designed to ‘ripple’ through various levels from individual learner, to anchor organisation, to PWC, to the national SA Water Caucus (SAWC) and to the sector more broadly; and ultimately to strengthen civil society in the water sector. 

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Draft citizen monitoring guidelines: What do local activists need and how can they support and be supported by DWS to monitor the implementation of NWRS2 and other water policies

This is the fourth deliverable of the research project civil society’s monitoring of the NWRS2. It documents guidelines that are drawn out of the rich history of the South African Water Caucus and the experiences of the South African Water Caucus members on the Changing Practice course while doing their Change Projects. the guidelines were presented back to the participants of the Changing Practice course and circulated to South African Water Caucus members for comment.

The document highlights how the guidelines were put together in the introduction as follows:

‘Deliverable 4 draws together insights gained so far to create a first draft of the Guidelines that are intended to help citizens – and those that work with citizens – in the citizens’ monitoring of the NWRS2. The guidelines follow on and draw on work done earlier in this project. These guidelines are draft in that they are likely to be modified in the light of learnings in the rest of the project. The guidelines in final form will be part of the final report. If warranted, additional money will be raised to layout and print the guidelines in a handy, accessible form for civil society and their allies.

Please reference this report as Munnik, V & Wilson, J. 2015.  Draft citizen monitoring guidelines: What do local activists need and how can they support and be supported by DWS to monitor the implementation of NWRS2 and other water policies. WRC project 2303. WRC: Pretoria.

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Investigating Context and Practice: Report on social learning module 1 and introduction to case study areas

This is the third deliverable of the Citizens monitoring of the NWRS2 project and the first deliverable on the Changing Practice course.

This report provides an overview of the organisational framework in which the social learning component of this project will be conducted, as well as an overview of the first social learning module, the participants and the context of the case studies.

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Assessing the role of civil society in South African water policy within the context of legal requirements and democratic discourse

This is the 2nd deliverable of the Citizen monitoring of the NWRS2  (National Water Resource Strategy 2) research project.

This report presents an assessment of the role of civil society in the South African water sector, with a particular emphasis on the South African Water Caucus (SAWC), a network of NGOs, CBOs, a trade union and individual activists in the South Africa water sector, active since 2001. The report aims to make this role explicit through a process of comparison and reflection. Such knowledge should be useful in strengthening this role – or as we shall seeafter analysis – these multiple roles.

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Deliverable 1: Report on a workshop on methodology, framework and scope of civil society policy assessment and action research; and on planning with lead action researchers to refine methodology and agree on initial case-site research.

This is the first deliverable for the Citizen Monitoring of the NWRS2 (National Water Resource Strategy 2) research project through which the Changing Practice for the South African Water Caucus was run. It documents our first research workshop together which was attended by Environmental Monitoring Group staff (who were the implementors of the research program), Rhodes University academic Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka, myself, Dr Victor Munnik and members of the South African Water Caucus coordinating committee. It was a vibrant workshop which set the tone for meaningful learning relationships throughout the research project.

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SAWC Gender and Water dialogues 18th October 2018

This was a special meeting of the SAWC, held the day before the Multi-Stakeholder symposium on Water Governance, where participants from the ‘Citizen Monitoring of the NWRS2’ project would present their case studies and findings. The rationale for this SAWC meeting was threefold:

1) since many of the SAWC coodinating committee and other members were travelling to Goedgedacht for the symposium, it was a good opportunity to hold a face to face meeting;

2) the case studies that were developed through the Changing Practice course, as part of the Citizen Monitoring project, need to be taken up and used within the caucus – this meeting was intended to strengthen that link, and to hand the case studies over to the national water caucus;

3) the issue of gender has been raised at SAWC meetings in the past, and emerged as one of the issues needing careful attention during the Changing Practice Course. Leila Harris, a gender and water specialist from UBC (University of British Columbia) offered to lead a discussion on gender dynamics within the water sector, an opportunity which was welcomed by the SAWC CC.

It was decided to appoint external facilitators, so that all members of the SAWC present could fully engage with the meeting, without simultaneously needing to hold the process. Theresa Edelman and Themba Lonzi, who have many years of experience, were brought in as our facilitators.

The meeting opened with freestyle drumming, led by Themba Lonzi, welcoming participants into the space with energy and passion.

This is a report written by the Environmental Monitoring Group and should be referenced as follows EMG, 2016, SAWC meeting with gender focus. Multi-stakeholder workshop on Water Governance. Goedgedacht, Western Cape, 18th October 2018

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