Track 4: Cases from the field

Track contributions

Webinar Polls, Track 4, POLL 2

Started 9 months ago

Dear Delegates,

As you may have seen, we are organising two webinars in this track, and in both I am planning to launch a poll of five quick questions. I am currious about your answers and comments, especially if you are not going to attend these webinars. You can just respond by giving your answers or also add some comments. Abreviations: LIC, MIC, HIC = low/mddle/high income countries, respectivelly.

POLL Webinar 2:

Capacity development usually takes place through North (HIC) - South (LIC and MIC) collaborations. There are aslo examples of South - South collaborations. 

1. What partnership is more important for successful capacity development?

a - North-South collaboration is more important than the South-South collaboration.

b - South-South collaboration is more important than the North-South collaboration

2. What is the perceived balance between the technical and financial assistance the South need from the North to solve the WATSAN  problems?

a - financial 90%,  technical 10% 

b - financial 70%,  technical 30%

c - financial 50%,  technical 50%

d - financial 30%,  technical 70%

e - financial 10%,  technical 90%

 

3. What is the level of common understanding between the North and the South about the way forward in solving WATSAN problems in the South?

a - 90%     b - 70%     c - 50%     d - 30%     e - 10%

4. To which degree are the WATSAN TECHNOLOGIES in the North applicable in the South?

 

a - 90%     b - 70%     c - 50%     d - 30%     e - 10%

5. To which degree are the MANAGEMENT PRACTICES in the North applicable in the South?

a - 90%     b - 70%     c - 50%     d - 30%     e - 10%

1. a. False

    b. False : N-S ans S-S collaborations are eually important.

2. c.

3. d

4.c

5. c

 

Hello!

  1. What partnership is more important for successful capacity development?

a - North-South collaboration is more important than the South-South collaboration.

As countries in the South seek to “catch up “ with the developed world, North South may be more beneficial given the need for transfer of both tacit and codified knowledge especially when it comes to technology and innovation. However, there is the risk that the North experts may be out of touch with contextual realities making the capacity development interventions impractical.

  1. What is the perceived balance between the technical and financial assistance the South need from the North to solve the WATSAN  problems?

d - financial 30%,  technical 70%

There is need for an overhaul in  the way resources are managed in the South. In my opinion there is more to be gained from empowering the south to establish systems that manage wastage of resources and minimise (even if gradually) financing reliance from aid.

  1. What is the level of common understanding between the North and the South about the way forward in solving WATSAN problems in the South?

d - 30%  I think there is a disconnect between the theories and approaches that worked when the South was developing and the best approaches that can work in the prevailing context. Consider climate change, impacts of colonialism, culture, governance, diminishing resources, shift in international politics etc,   

  1. To which degree are the WATSAN TECHNOLOGIES in the North applicable in the South?

e - 10%

Barriers to appropriability; financial and technical capacities to maintain facilities, geographical and climatic differences, access to spare parts, service models, water governance structures, culture and values.

  1. To which degree are the MANAGEMENT PRACTICES in the North applicable in the South?

a - 90%     

The principles remain relevant; citizen participation, equity and inclusion, cost recovery mechanisms, stakeholder collaboration, adaptive management

 

Dear Sudath,

I deliberately tried to avoid alternative 'equaliy important' becuase most would opt for that one, for sure. They are equaly important but is it realy 50-50?   

 

Dear Jacqueline,

Thanks for very insightfull contribution. Happy to learn that we share pretty much similar views. :-) 

 

1. Both are important. The south can benefit from the capacity and financial resources of the North  and at the same time the South learns a great deal from the experience of successful South (with similar situation).

2. C ,50-50%

3. d, 30%

4. b, 70%

5. d, 30%

1. I think it is relative. However, I go with B as the more important.

a. Yes, North-South collaboration is important but due diligence is pertinent (the thorough study of all the components of the collaboration is one way to make it successful especially if there is a technology transfer involved). Putting up a sophisticated technology in the South comes with a price and the resources (finance and human) to operate and maintain are lacking. Hence, my next point in b. (South-South).

b. In the South-South collaboration, it is easier to collaborate especially between MIC and LIC. Here, the gap isn't that much, and adaptability is easier because of many similarities. 

2. C. 

3. C (50%)

There is increased awareness in WATSAN and many countries. For example, south countries are achieving 100 CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation) nowadays.

4. C (50%)

There is good improvement especially in MIC on the applicability of WATSAN TECHNOLOGIES.

5. D (30%)

Management practices in the south are already difficult and that makes most systems out of place. Again, the applicability of North management practices requires more than a manual to read. 

Thanks Kebreab and Muhammad! I shall capture and summarise all these intereseting comments at the end. Kind Regards, N.