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Process for Identifying Leverage Points

The identification of leverage points is a crucial part of the TDA/SAP process –a critical linking step between the TDA and the SAP.  Until this point in the TDA/SAP process, the TDA has focused on the analysis of problems. Identifying leverage point pinpoints where changes can be made in the water system. At this stage, we are not trying to identify the specific changes or solutions to be introduced – this is part of the strategic thinking process.

The TDA development team needs to review the transboundary problemsimpactscausal chains and thematic reports and identify where, in this map of cause-and-effect relationships, would interventions appear that have the largest potential for the broadest possible, positive influence on water system.

As with previous steps, this process can be carried out via a collaborative workshop for identifying leverage points, an example of which is given here.