Organizational Features

Diversified Membership

Membership of GWP Nepal has grown from five in 1998 to a total of ninty nine (99) in 2002; Fifty six (56) are individual and forty three (43) are institutional. The institutional membership breakdown by nature of the organization is as follows:

Government/Quasi government water agencies 3
Non-governmental organizations 18
International Organizations 3
University/colleges/educational institutions 6
Private organizations 13
Partnership-with-All Members of GWP Nepal/JVS do not believe in advocacy on partisan line. They strive for delivery-oriented advocacy. Their common wisdom seems to be conveyed in this saying: Paper cannot wrap-up a fire. GWP Nepal/JVS has no opinion of it’s own on water issues. An opinion or alternative opinion is formed following a partnership and collaborative dialogue process. Such a cultural ethos has positively contributed in forging partnership with government/quasi governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities/colleges, and educational organizations, media and private sector working in arena of water. Recognition to water for energy, development of hydropower policy and national water resources strategy have a co-relationship with the formulation of water vision, plan of actions, program of actions of GWP Nepal/JVS and the open deliberations that it facilitated on the burning issues such as dams and development, hydropower pricing, and water and poverty.

Sustainability Strategies:

As this was the primary concern of the founding members of GWP Nepal, GWP Nepal/JVS has attempted to tackle it by adopting three main strategies.

Keeping the administrative cost at the minimum:

The administrative cost of GWP Nepal has been in the range of 15 to 20 percent of the annual program cost in the years 2001 and 2002.

Providing voluntary services:

All the executive members of GWP Nepal/JVS are volunteers. They do not charge any remuneration for their services. In circumstances, when they charge a fee, the fee in its substantive amount is returned to GWP Nepal/JVS.

Contributing an amount from the professional fee:

Those professionals, who perform contractual works for GWP Nepal, provide a small percentage from their fee to GWP Nepal/JVS. For strengthened sustainability, the members of GWP Nepal/JVS feel that each country partnership should have freedom to prioritize and focus on, for example, the program agenda/themes that have been identified/approved at the regional level. Were there has been such an enabling context, GWP Nepal/JVS members would indeed have preferred to focus on water for energy program from various inter-disciplinary as well as problem perspectives like IWRM (including drinking water and irrigation), culture, socio-economic policy, poverty, women, social development, resettlement, inundation and flood management, appropriate technology, risk management, law, industrial use of energy, international trade regime and market, internal resource mobilization and foreign investment. A national program approach to water will require a flexible regional funding strategy that equally respects and supports each partner country’s water-based needs and potential.