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Capacity Building

The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme // Training Material on the Implementation of the WEF Nexus Approach

In cooperation with the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, the GIZ Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme developed two training modules that present hands-on tools and instruments on how to approach Nexus challenges in practice.

Capacity development is one of the main focus areas of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme in order to meet its overall objective; to foster the water-energy-food security Nexus approach on municipal, national, ministerial and regional policy levels. The Nexus approach challenges existing structures, policies and procedures at global, regional and national levels through the promotion of a stronger cross-sectoral collaboration between the water, energy, agricultural and environmental sectors in decision-making processes. Hence, it needs to overcome various barriers such as sectoral governance frameworks and arrangements, power imbalances, or conflicting perceptions, interests and practices. Therefore, knowledge transfer and information about the Nexus concept is essential in order to foster the cross-sectoral collaboration at all levels.

The following two training modules present hands-on tools and instruments on how to approach Nexus challenges in practice:

  1. Introduction to the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus
  2. WEF Nexus Case Studies from Europe and Germany

The workshop participants learn about different perspectives, needs, priorities and values of other sectors and their interconnections in an interactive and participatory way. This helps to identify common objectives and entry points for future collaborative work. The training modules are designed in a way that provides the participants with the opportunity to apply Nexus thinking to concrete examples within the context of regional case studies.

Access WEF Nexus Training Modules

Both training modules comprise a PowerPoint presentation and a corresponding handbook (PDF-format).

The training material can be accessed for free. If you are interested in purchasing the training material please send an email to the Global Nexus Secretariat  and we will send you the training material. Please state your professional background and the purpose, for which you intend to use the material. Thank you very much!


June 2018


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