Programme will equip water leaders across Asia with skills to improve access to life-saving water and sanitation facilities
The Institute of Water Policy (IWP), a leading water policy think-tank at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), has launched Asia’s first multi-year water leadership programme. Funded by the Temasek Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organisation which supports human and social capital development in Asia, the Temasek Foundation Water Leadership Programme will train 700 water leaders in Asia over the next 10 years to ensure improved access to life-saving water and sanitation facilities in the continent’s emerging markets.
At the 3rd Anniversary Celebration of IWP, graced by PUB Chairman Mr Tan Gee Paw, Temasek Foundation signed an agreement with LKY School to commit a grant of S$1.1 million over an initial two-year period to set up the new programme.
Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Foundation, said, “We are pleased to sponsor this new initiative which will enable leaders in the Asian water industry to develop capabilities in water governance and management. The Institute of Water Policy’s cutting-edge research and dedication to nurturing Asia’s future water leaders makes it the ideal partner to take the lead in this initiative and we look forward to supporting the subsequent phases of this 10-year programme.”
The Programme, which is aimed at middle to senior level professionals at water utilities, government agencies and civic organisations, will teach best practices in the governance of water utilities, as well as potential strategies to deal with existing and future challenges. Apart from lectures and case studies, participants will have the opportunity to see, first-hand, Singapore’s water miracle, which showcases what innovative management and thinking can achieve. The Programme will run twice a year in October and in April, with 35 students per course. Scholarships funded by Temasek Foundation will be available to participants from ASEAN, South Asian, East Asian and Central Asian countries.
Professor Seetharam Kallidaikurichi, IWP Director, said, “Despite Asia’s recent growth and prosperity, there is a huge inequality in the level of access to water and sanitation. In fact, 52 percent of the global population who lacks access to improved water facilities lives here in Asia. Thanks to Temasek Foundation’s generous gift, we hope to develop a new generation of water leaders who will address this inequality through new ideas and technologies.”
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said, “Our mission is to train the next generation of leaders in order to improve lives. Water is a basic necessity for survival. Ensuring access to water by raising the standards of governance of water utilities is therefore an imperative for the sustained rise of Asia. We are delighted to be working together with Temasek Foundation in order to deliver a world-class programme for leaders involved in water management.”
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