Partners for Water: your project idea meeting already planned?

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The Partners for Water: Flood risk management and water security programme for urban deltas (WWSD) was reopened on 1 July 2011.

The deadlines that are coming up :

  • Applications can be submitted until September 6, 2019, 12.00 hrs.
  • Mandatory project idea discussion with advisor of grant provider before 30 August 2019
  • It is not possible to submit a grant application without a project idea interview.

It’s good to have these deadlines clear.

At Evers + Manders Grant Consultants we have previously paid attention to Partners for Water – WWSD. It was nice that the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (National Office for Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands) asked us if we’ll be able to do so again this time. Of course! On to colleague Joost Jongerius who likes to tell us more about it.

“Joost, you as one of our international water specialists: what does the Partners for Water: Flood risk management and water security programme for urban deltas mean?”

“It is a programme with which the Dutch government stimulates the application of Dutch innovative water-related solutions in foreign urban deltas and their supply systems. In other words: Worldwide prosperity and well-being through cooperation with deltas in the field of water. Water is a special subject. Without water there is no life; a small lack of water means a lack of prosperity and a large lack of water means a lack of well-being. But excess water also has enormous consequences, as we know. Small floods lead to economic damage and reduced prosperity, large floods lead to casualties and personal tragedies”.

“Supply systems?”

“Yes, it concerns the entire ecosystem that goes with it. A delta that is too densely populated with cities does not leave enough space for agriculture to feed people. But the cities in those deltas are the economic growth engine of that country. The focus is on the deltas, but as Dutch people, we realize that delta managers cannot confine themselves to managing our delta but they must deal with all stakeholders. Stakeholders who all use the same water on which we are so dependent.”

Water doesn’t care about national regulations but just keeps on flowing.

“The delta problem is very often caused by water surpluses, but it can also very well be about drought, or about a lack of quality. The delta is a connecting factor in the local water ecosystem. In the Netherlands, we are extremely connected to the rest of the ecosystem. We are the drain of Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium. In Switzerland, they have decided nationally to remove organic micro-pollutants from the water, which makes it easier for us in the Netherlands to keep our source of drinking water safe. That is what living in a delta means. Whether or not there is a difference in regulations after national borders: water doesn’t care, it keeps on flowing.”

“What can you, as a grant consultant, add with regard to this issue?

“We hope to do our bit to ensure that projects become smarter, get off to a faster start and can create more/faster impact than the pace at which water security and water safety are becoming scarce. That we get the story straighter and more in line with the intended grant scheme. As a result, projects will become more comprehensive, so that we will not only generate money for the projects, but the projects will also potentially have a greater impact.

“Can you give examples of previously innovative water-related solutions in foreign urban deltas?

“In terms of content, the AFMA project had fit in with WWSD, but was a little too large in terms of size and has, therefore become a Sustainable Water Fund project. The same applies to SuDaReMa. But there were also projects from programs such as NWO-WOTRO and Urbanising Delta’s of the World that were suitable in terms of content for a Partners for Water application. The challenge is to find the optimum match between the project idea and the grant program.”

Evers + Manders has a strong reputation in the water sector

“Evers + Manders is known for its enormous expertise in the water sector. How do you recognize this as an outsider?”

“If water experts talk to us, they will know within 5 minutes. Within 10 minutes they know that we can connect parties and customers and within 15 minutes they are at least slightly surprised by our expertise. That’s my personal experience.”

“What does the Evers + Manders network look like in the water sector?”

“We have good relationships with both large and smaller parties: SMEs and NGOs, knowledge institutions, water organizations (water companies and water boards) and governments (lower and higher). An extra important stakeholder we have to deal with is the end-user. These end-users are often overlooked in projects. They are not really in our network, but the parties that are very close to the end-users are. In a grant application in the field of development cooperation, you can’t afford not to think from the end user’s point of view. You can’t and shouldn’t overlook them. It means an extra dimension that you add to your project application. The end-user is a more complex entity than the professional you encounter in the rest of the chain. The end-user is a human being, is emotional, has faith, has beliefs, culture, and traditions and is therefore of infinite diversity. That’s why it’s important to write such a request as a human-being with the toolbox of a creative grant consultant.”

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