By Guy J.-M. Le Moigne
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Part of formulating a strategy should be to specify the entity that will be responsible for monitoring or following-up the implementation of strategy. Depending on the country, this entity might be a professional "think tank", outside experts, or a standing committee. It is important that this entity has both the authority and capability to oversee implementation of strategy, and that the commitment to review progress is not just an exercise on paper. Implementation itself may expose unrealistic portions of strategy or of original development goals.
29 The government should also make a commitment that the process will be collaborative, consultative, and transparent. "Collaborative" means generating a sense of partnership among key stakeholders within the country and the invited external support agencies that are willing to assist. "Consultative" means fostering debate and discussions among stakeholders on the issues and options that arise in formulating strategies. "Transparent" means both that the process itself should be articulated and that communication through periodic public reports on progress should be encouraged.
The principles and recommendations endorsed at the international conferences and in the 1993 World Bank policy paper on water resources management provide a framework for the translation of these policies into action. This guide describes a process for formulating water resources strategies and outlines major issues in comprehensive water resources management that need to be considered in strategy formulation. The primary purpose of this volume is to assist developing countries in formulating water resource management strategies by outlining a general process.