Fostering trust amongst Pakistan’s water institutions
Water is a strategic resource for Pakistan and a key input in the agriculture sector, the country’s largest contributor to the economy. Water in the Indus River System is distributed amongst the provinces of Pakistan according to an agreement. Provinces monitor surface water received in the canal system, but stakeholders do not always agree on the measurements. This gives rise to mistrust between the provinces over water issues. Fostering Trust amongst Pakistan’s Water Institutions (FTaPWI) contributed to Pakistan’s development agenda on inter-provincial water issues. The project delivered several Inter-Provincial Water Dialogues to develop relationships and trust upon which water investments in hardware and software are built. The project explored alternative institutional and procurement arrangements, among these the inclusion of the private sector to introduce competitiveness, efficiency, and value for money. The project activities were carried out closely with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to foster trust amongst the water institutions of the country by promoting dialogues and using state of the art technology for flow measurement. The project aimed to achieve the broader outcomes: 1) Improved trust through facilitated dialogues organized in all provinces and the federal capital of Pakistan on interprovincial water challenges and pathways; 2) application of a methodology to develop a rating table to estimate canal flow agreed by all stakeholders; 3) enhanced engagement of the water institutions from Sindh and Balochistan to resolve interprovincial water issues; and 4) increased knowledge, understanding and acceptance of Data as a Service as an alternative model for acquiring water data and information in Pakistan.