International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Twinning program in IW:LEARN5

IW:LEARN5 will facilitate iterative and ad-hoc twinning exchanges, covering iterative face-to-face learning missions between GEF IW projects and their selected partners, i.e. institutions with demonstrated excellence in water and ocean management

The focus will be on GEF IW projects who wish to twin with other projects or knowledgeable institutions that are:

  • Inter-connected with the GEF IW project;
  • Addressing similar issues; and
  • Share similar ecosystem characteristics.     

What are the new modalities for the IW:LEARN5 Twinning Program?

During this phase, IW:LEARN5 will continue supporting iterative twinning efforts; however, in a modified form compared to previous phases. The aim is to establish iterative (two) twinning exchanges between the twinning pairs identified in the twinning proposal submitted to GEF IW:LEARN. GEF IW projects will have to demonstrate commitment to the collaboration by funding the first exchange with their selected partner. Once completed, GEF IW:LEARN will provide funding to support the second exchange.

Two twinning categories will be running in parallel:  i. a general/broad program dedicated to transboundary water and marine management and ii. a program dedicated to Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). The SIDS twinning program will target project stakeholders and GEF-funded SIDS projects addressing relevant themes beyond the GEF International Waters (IW) focal area which address the unique development barriers of SIDS. In addition, each program will follow an iterative modality (two exchanges in each twinning initiative), with the possibility of ad-hoc proposals (one twinning exchange).

What is the role of the IW:LEARN5 Project Coordination Unit?

The role of the PCU will be to work with GEF IW projects to develop and solicit twinning proposals, help coordinate their logistics and ensure sustained follow-up, monitor the impact and share the learning with the wider-portfolio.

As part of the follow up on each twinning, a virtual “Knowledge Dialogue” will be facilitated by the PCU to encourage the continuation of peer-to-peer learning and to monitor the progress of participants in applying the knowledge gained.

Which activities are considered as part of the twinning program?

The activities considered as part of the twinning program include peer-to-peer exchanges, workshops, training sessions, expert missions, study visits, youth exchanges and internships.