James Leten is an institutional and IWRM expert, leading global and regional water governance programmes under the UNDP-Water Governance Facility at SIWI.

Mr. James Leten is Senior manager supporting the UNDP-Water Governance Facility at SIWI (Water Governance Facility) since September 2011.  He is an institutional and IWRM expert leading global water governance programmes that relate to Water Resources Management and capacity-building, includingthe global GoAL-WaterS programme (Governance, Accountability and Learning for Water Sustainability) on Sustainable Use and Protection of Freshwater and Coastal Resources through Strengthened National and Local Governance;  and the regional capacity-building programmes on water integrity in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region.

James Leten provides advisory services in the areas of governance performance and institutional strengthening, more specifically on water integrity, accountability, enforcement of human-right to water.

He has two decades of experience working with policy and strategy development as well as institutional reform of the water sector in Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East.

James Leten is particularly interested in understanding what drives collective action in areas such as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM),Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), strengthened climate change resilience and improved water governance.  His focus is on how to incorporate and institutionalize characteristics such as accountability, transparency, equity, gender balance, and respect for human rights in the operations of public, private and civil society organizations.  James Leten’s competence lies in mobilizing and facilitating effective stakeholders’ participation into water governance at large, including water resources management and water services delivery.

James Leten graduated as an engineer, specialized in the wastewater treatment processes. While working as an engineer in industrial water treatment processes, he became more and more interested in the institutional and governance aspects of water management.  In 2002, he joined UNEP in Nairobi where he supported the Natural Resources Management activities of the Regional Office for Africa. Later he worked at UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy and Implementation, where he contributed to the development of UNEP’s Water Policies and Strategiesand led the programme development and financing processes. In 2006, he moved back to Europe to take up a position as Project Manager and institutional expert in the Advisory Group International Water & Ecology at the international consultancy Royal Haskoning, now Royal Haskoning DHV.  He joined SIWI in 2011.