Earlier this year, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Safe Water team convened a workshop, populated primarily with Foundation grantees and facilitated by IRC and Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, to provide a forum for crucial feedback regarding sustainability in the safe water space.
The purpose of the workshop was for grantees and other experts to provide input into the global Theory of Change and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework for our new 2017-2021 Safe Water Strategy. It is widely acknowledged that the water sector needs to engage with donors, but it has been less widely practiced. In this bold and appreciated step, the Safe Water team has chosen to lead by example, along with a few other sector donors and try a new collaborative approach. This workshop demonstrated that people from diverse organizations, including donors, can come together, put competitions and philosophical differences aside, and really listen, learn, engage and debate collaboratively.
Laura Brunson from the Millennium Water Alliance speaks to the recent convening