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Strengthen, Secure, Sustain. WPP 2011 Annual Report
  • Strengthen, Secure, Sustain. WPP 2011 Annual Report
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). August 2012
  • The WPP 2011 Annual Report offers examples of how program activities are strengthening the World Bank's water lending portfolio; securing access to water in a changing climate; and sustaining long-term water availability and quality toward achieving inclusive green growth. It presents key results and discusses WPP's impact across regions through work that addresses the complex interlinkages between water and other economic sectors, and includes a special focus on Africa.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Climate change, Development cooperation, Energy, Food security, Green economy, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Water security

Measuring the Behavioral Determinants of Handwashing with Soap
  • Measuring the Behavioral Determinants of Handwashing with Soap
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). July 2012
  • This Technical Paper presents lessons learned from the application of the Focus, Opportunity, Ability, and Motivation (FOAM) framework to identify handwashing determinants. The discussion focuses on findings from the analysis of data collected in Peru and Senegal and provides practical recommendations for researchers and program managers working in handwashing promotion. In addition to offering a rationale for measuring handwashing determinants, the paper describes the FOAM framework and details the process used to measure the determinants, focusing on lesson...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Behaviour change, Health, Hygiene, Information and data, Monitoring, Practices and habits

Financial and Fiscal Instruments for Catastrophe Risk Management: Addressing Losses from Flood Hazards in Central Europe
  • Financial and Fiscal Instruments for Catastrophe Risk Management: Addressing Losses from Flood Hazards in Central Europe
  • World Bank. July 2012
  • This report addresses the large flood exposures of Central Europe and proposes efficient financial and risk transfer mechanisms to mitigate fiscal losses from natural catastrophes. In particular, the Visegrad countries of Central Europe, namely, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the Slovak Republic, have such tremendous potential flood damages that reliance on budgetary appropriations or even European Union (EU) funds in such circumstances becomes ineffective and does not provide needed cash funds for the quick response and recovery needed to minimize ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Disasters, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Financing, Floods, Legal aspects, Risk management, Vulnerability

What Does It Take to Scale Up Rural Sanitation?
  • What Does It Take to Scale Up Rural Sanitation?
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). July 2012
  • This Working Paper synthesizes the work of the WSP in operationalizing sustainable rural sanitation and shares lessons learned. Key components are introduced and illustrated with examples from the field: Chapter I. 'Overview' shares the sector context that shaped WSP's approach to rural sanitation; the status of rural sanitation in countries where the program was initially implemented; and introduces the programmatic and operational approaches that have been tested at scale; Chapter II. 'Programmatic Approaches to Create Demand, Change Behaviours, and Increas...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Behaviour change, Capacity building, Financing, Marketing, Rural areas, Sanitation, Small-scale providers, Utility services

Legal and institutional frameworks
  • Legal and institutional frameworks
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. June 2012
  • Whereas day to day management of groundwater resources takes place within the national sphere, and often at local level, domestic regulatory systems cannot be seen in isolation from international legal frameworks when transboundary aquifers are concerned. In that case international law determines states rights and obligations to which domestic law has to be made compatible. The legal framework for groundwater management should provide answers to key questions such as, who can access groundwater, where, for which purposes and under which conditions? How are aq...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Legal aspects, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water quality, Water User Associations

Groundwater Policy and Governance
  • Groundwater Policy and Governance
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. June 2012
  • This paper starts by pointing to the large, remaining gaps in our understanding of how water is an integral part of society and its relationship to the planet's environment. It recognizes that, at their root, all modes of tapping, distributing, and managing water supplies are the result of organized human effort, usually achieved through institutions. The authors address the role of governance of subsurface water, which according to many practitioners and observers remains largely uncharted, incompletely assessed, and notably uncertain and complex.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Water allocation, Water governance, Water policy

Governance of the subsurface and groundwater frontier
  • Governance of the subsurface and groundwater frontier
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. June 2012
  • This Thematic Paper focuses on the conventional and non conventional use of aquifers, encroachment into the subsurface space and the evolution of groundwater "frontiers" to the extent that they impact aquifers and pose new challenges for groundwater governance. Some uses of underground space, such as mining, are not new, but the scale and intensity of mining activity and the environmental consequence of groundwater recovery in abandoned mines are such that groundwater legislation is having to "catch up". The same applies to the controversial use of hydrofract...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Mining, Oil industry, Pollution, Water governance

(The) Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water?
  • (The) Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water?
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). June 2012
  • This Report provides examples of cities in Africa and beyond that have already implemented Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approaches both in terms of technical and institutional solutions. Case studies explore the ways in which IUWM can help meet future water demand in African cities.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Disasters, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Participation, Rainwater harvesting, Sanitation, Slums, Urban areas, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Wastewater, Water availability, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water security, Water supply, Water treatment

Policy and Sector Reform to Accelerate Access to Improved Rural Sanitation
  • Policy and Sector Reform to Accelerate Access to Improved Rural Sanitation
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). June 2012
  • This document synthesizes key findings, conclusions, and recommendations from country specific endline assessment reports from India, Indonesia, and Tanzania to provide guidance and insight to other countries seeking to create large-scale sustainable rural sanitation programs.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Rural areas, Sanitation, Utility services, Water governance

Managing the Invisible: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance
  • Managing the Invisible: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). June 2012
  • The aim of this study is to analyze the impediments to better groundwater governance within a given political economy and to propose recommendations to address key governance issues. The report tries to answer the questions: Why has groundwater governance failed to stop the emergence of very serious threats to the resource? What are the impediments to improving groundwater governance? What are the options to overcome those impediments? Implicit in the report approach is recognition of the importance of groundwater resources in promoting developing country ada...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Aquifer recharge, Community participation, Conflicts, Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Negotiation, Peacebuilding, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Water quality

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