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A call for water leaders!

“Give me a thousand water leaders,” was the cry of Lidia Brito (former minister of Mozambique) at the 4th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development. The Netherlands and Australia have joined forces to answer the call with the launch of the first International Water Leadership Program in the world.

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherlands, and International WaterCentre, Australia have created a water leadership development program that helps emerging leaders tackle the global challenges of water security, healthy communities and healthy ecosystems in the 21st century.

“Today, water is no longer an exclusive problem of the developing countries," says Guy Alaerts, Professor of Knowledge and Capacity Development at UNESCO-IHE and Lead Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank.

And tomorrow’s problems will not be easier, according to Professor Miša Džolijíc, CEO and Rector of Nyenrode Business Universiteit. "We need to invest now in tomorrow’s leaders.”

“Leadership that is forward looking, leadership that is service, and leadership that is able to lead through the very complex issues that water is posing,” confirms Professor András Szöllösi-Nagy, Rector of UNESCO-IHE.

International Water Leadership Program

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The International Water Leadership Program begins in September 2014, and is based on the success of IWC's own Water Leadership Program that started in 2011.

Participants will progress through a full year of intensive work and learning involving four face-to-face sessions and a challenging on-the-job assignment for leadership development. Learning will occur collectively in the face-to-face sessions and individually through mentoring, coaching and implementing leadership development plans in the workplace.

The program is different from training, explains Leadership Coach Wouter Lincklaen Arriëns, the Program Director and a former Lead Water Resources Specialist at the Asian Development Bank. “The process of transformation to become a leader goes much deeper to your attitudes, your beliefs, your worldview, and the behaviors you need as a leader to create and influence change wherever you are.”


The program targets emerging water leaders in governments, business and civil society organisations around the world who are university graduates with 10 years of relevant working experience, of which 3 years in a project or team leader role, and with a strong commitment to the program’s requirements. 

Application involves a three-step process of expressing interest, selection, and admission, which requires full support by the IWLPapplicant’s employer, and sponsorship of the program fee.

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