The Multi-track Water Diplomacy Framework

Published: January 2016

A Legal and Political Economy Analysis for Advancing Cooperation over Shared Waters

The twenty first century faces challenges of water governance. In addition to challenges of providing access to water for all, multiple layers of actors from global, national, local, traditional and non-traditional sectors are expected to increase their influences over decision-making on distribution of fresh water. Access to water is an important global agenda as one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Recognizing importance of cooperation for improved management of water resources, the ‘Water Diplomacy (WADI): Making Water Cooperation Work’ project aims to analyse the key determinants contributing to water cooperation. Multi-Track Water Diplomacy Framework was developed as an analytical tool to identify key factors that can affect past, current and future potential water cooperation. The framework uniquely allows analysis of water cooperation at multiple tracks, also allowing analysis of water cooperation vis-à-vis water-food-energy-transport nexus.

This report was originally published by The Hague Institute for Global Justice.