News / 2 December 2008

Both ENDS wins Innovation Award

Both ENDS has won the Innovation Award organized by the Dutch NGO PSO (Association for Staff Cooperation with Developing Countries). The Both ENDS project 'South-South learning through a new approach for River Basin Management' was one of three initiatives shortlisted from a total of 23. On 28 November a committee of experts congratulated Both ENDS with the prize.


In the last fifteen years the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has gained global acceptance. Gomukh, from India, and Both ENDS both believe that IWRM is an improvement on previous water management systems, although it has tended to be a top-down affair in practice. Gomukh and Both ENDS have therefore proposed an alternative, bottom-up Negotiated Approach (NA). The project 'South-South learning through a new approach for River Basin Management' is a spin-off from this.


PSO founded the Innovation award to facilitate the sharing of information about creative approaches, initiatives and activities related to capacity building, especially amongst member organisations and other interested parties. Both ENDS has been nominated because of the scale of its project and the fact that it could be replicated in numerous regions across the world.


At the award ceremony Both ENDS showed a film on 'South-South learning through a new approach for River Basin Management', produced by FANCA, a Both ENDS partner in Central America. The documentary is about local communities and their involvement in communal water boards. Both ENDS' director Daniëlle Hirsch talked about the innovative power of the project.


To learn more about the Negotiated approach please click here. To read more about the PSO award presentation please click here (only in Dutch). To read an interview with Christa Nooy, project leader for the Negotiated Approach click here. To read an interview with Andres Mora Portuguez van Freshwater Action Network Central America (Both ENDS partner in the NA), please click here.


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