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Project Structure and Partners

by deepajani — last modified Sep 16, 2014 10:41 AM
This page contains information about GEF IW:LEARN's partners, as well as its implementation structure and overall management arrangements. IW:LEARN Project Coordination Unit (PCU) spans roughly 20 international agencies and organizations across four continents.


GEF IW:LEARN, implemented by the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme (Division of Early Warning and Assessment), works with the following partners on project execution:

GEF IW:LEARN is proud to work closely with the other active "learning" projects in the GEF IW portfolio:

  • Legal and Institutional Frameworks, UNDP-GEF, run by the University of British Columbia
  • IW Science Project, UNEP-GEF, run by the UN University
  • Transboundary Water Assesment Programme, UNEP-GEF


GEF IW:LEARN is also proud to be partnered with and enjoy the additional support of the following organizations:

  • UNDP Energy and Environment Group (various programs)
  • UNEP Interdivisional Water Group
  • German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Cornell University



Implementation Structure

Principal Funder

Implementing Agencies

Executing Agencies

Inter-Agency Forum:

The Inter-Agency Forum will provide a formal mechanism for the GEF and GEF IW:LEARN Agencies to discuss project implementation and to resolve any competing issues likely to impact overall project performance. The forum includes: GEF, UNDP and UNEP.

Steering Committee

The Project Steering Committee formally supervises all activities undertaken through the PCU, providing strategic direction, guidance and assessment to maximize the project’s execution progress, relevance and impact on its beneficiaries.

IW:LEARN's Steering Committee includes:

  • Global Environment Facility
  • UN Development Programme
  • UN Environment Programme
  • The World Bank
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • UN Office for Project Services
  • UNESCO International Hydrological Programme
  • UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • Global Water Partnership Mediterranean
  • 1 TAG nominated representative project manager (see below)

Technical Advisory Group

The IW:LEARN Technical Advisory Group will provide technical guidance and assistance, where necessary, to the IW:LEARN3 Project Coordination Unit and selected activities of the GEF IW:LEARN3 project. The intention of the TAG is to bring the voice project’s principle stakeholders, the GEF IW projects into both the implementation of IW:LEARN as well as its critical deliverables. The TAG is composed of current and former GEF IW project managers.

The TAG presently includes:

  • Agulhas and Somali Current LME (UNDP) - David Vousden
  • Caribbean Coastal IWCAM (UNEP/UNDP) - Vincent Sweeney
  • Caribbean Sea LME (UNDP) - Nestor Windevoxhel
  • CTI Sulu-Celebes LME (UNDP) - Connie Chiang
  • Tisza River (UNDP) - Peter Whalley


  • Andrew Menz
  • Gedion Asfaw


Stakeholder Involvement

Since the early GEF International Waters Conferences (starting in 2000), substantial consultation with representatives from GEF IW projects and their partners (e.g., global, regional, national and local agencies, NGOs, etc.) informed design of this project. Continued consultation via electronic forums, one-on-one interviews and regional and global IW learning exchanges will ensure that stakeholder interests are regularly recorded, reviewed and systematically addressed by the project and its regional, thematic and institutional partners. Given the number of recent GEF IW project briefs and documents that explicitly identify planned cooperation with IW:LEARN, the project expects to establish more formal agreements to further incorporate stakeholder involvement through these partnerships.

To optimise GEF IW project stakeholder involvement, all IW:LEARN activities are aligned with a stakeholder involvement plan and outreach and dissemination strategy. These include five objectives based on lessons learned from the experimental phase:

  1. Enhance ownership of and buy-in to IW:LEARN through participatory project development and implementation
  2. Raise awareness about the role of IW:LEARN, GEF IW Portfolio and IW management in sustainable development (e.g., achieving Millennium Development Goals, Johannesburg and World Water Forum objectives, etc.)
  3. Provide customized service through personal relations with key personnel at projects, partners and service providers.
  4. Develop effective delivery mechanisms which leverage the use of appropriate tools for ICT-mediated dissemination to, for and through GEF IW projects and their partners.
  5. Assist in replication of useful GEF IW experiences, innovations, lessons, opportunities and tools across the GEF IW portfolio
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