About APWF; APPROACH

Key Result Areas

In order to meet its objectives, APWF will focus on five Key Result Areas (KRAs), each of which encompasses a specific set of distinct approaches and related activities. The KRAs are essentially the means through which the APWF will achieve progress under the Priority Themes.


Table 2 Main activities related to each of the KRAs

Key Result Areas
Main Activities

1. Developing knowledge
  and lessons

*Building a network of water knowledge hubs
*Coordinating capacity development programs
*Providing guidance on water policies


2. Increasing local
  capacity

*Supporting peer learning (including cities/mayors)
*Empowering civil society, gender and youth
*Fostering (sub)regional cooperation


3. Increasing public
  outreach

*Developing regional water advocacy
*Supporting in-country water awareness programs
*Presenting regional awards for excellence


4. Monitoring investments
  and results

*Monitoring public and private investments
*Monitoring reforms and trends
*Monitoring MDG achievement


5. Supporting Forum
  and Summit

*Maintaining an interactive website
*Supporting the APWF Governing Council
*Organizing the Asia-Pacific Water Summits



1. Developing knowledge and lessons

APWF will recognize and strengthen a network of knowledge hubs in the region to do basic and applied research, capacity development, and training in addressing key issues in water services and water resources management.


The knowledge hubs will deliver knowledge-based products and services that meet the short-term practical needs of water organizations like utilities and river basin organizations, and also strategic policy oriented studies on water management in the region to inform ministries and planning agencies in the medium to long term.


APWF will arrange for collaboration between selected knowledge hubs to produce high-quality analyses of experiences in the region on a small number of high-priority complex topics. The results and recommendations from such analyses will be targeted to inform governments, private sector, civil society, and water sector organizations in their project planning and implementation.


The network’s knowledge hubs will work autonomously, guided by a set of simple operating principles for accreditation and quality assurance as agreed under the APWF framework. In turn, APWF will seek to expand the network of existing institutions in priority areas.


APWF will generate and disseminate a menu of options for water policies and practices to governments in the region, based on a compilation of national water policies, strategies for rural and urban water services and for water resources management in river basins, and an analysis of experiences in implementing these policies in countries of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Policies for specific issues, such as cost recovery, water rights, and a selection of projects and technologies could also be included. It is hoped that multilateral and bilateral institutions and networks will support this selected programmes under this KRA.» Concept Note (PDF: 108KB)




2. Increasing local capacity

APWF will generate opportunities for experience sharing and peer learning between mayors and other local government leaders in order to improve water services and water resource management.


APWF will seek to involve civil society organizations as partners in the water sector, including parliamentarians, knowledge institutions, development and advocacy NGOs, and community organizations. The goal will be to help such organizations become more effective in advocating and catalyzing water reforms, supporting effective multi-stakeholder platforms, and in improving the quality of project preparation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Selected examples of good practice in leadership and in achieving results will be presented at the Asia-Pacific Water Summits, and several prizes can be considered to recognize excellence and disseminate such experiences. » Concept Note (PDF: 45KB)




3. Increasing public outreach

APWF will encourage advocacy campaigns and advertisements in mass media to increase public awareness and understanding of key water trends, issues, and solutions. Target audiences will include national and local governments, national and regional partnerships, local practitioners and civil society. Journalists will also be supported through networking activities.




4. Monitoring investments and results

APWF will systematically and thoroughly improve and expand the monitoring of water sector performance and results in the region. This will include monitoring of key results with agreed indicators, such as: investments in rural, urban, and basin water projects by governments, the private sector and through ODA; sector reforms, sector outputs and impacts, including progress in achieving the MDGs; and other important water trends.» Concept Note (PDF: 115KB)




5. Supporting Forum and Summit

APWF will provide top-quality and user-friendly network coordination services including a first-class interactive website to showcase activities and results in each of the key result areas, and to provide the necessary linkages between them, supported by sound analysis and advice. For example, a knowledge product from KRA 1 may lead policy advice in KRA 2 and an advocacy campaign in KRA 3, and much of the APWF’s added value will result from the creation of such linkages. Added to this may be a facilitation service for fundraising and management to supplement resources needed by network members to deliver their products and services.