Cross-Regional Knowledge Cooperation
To effectively address sustainable energy-water development goals set for the Central Asia region, sole reliance on financial investment is not sufficient: investment and project finance have to be combined with generating and sharing knowledge, building cross-border, cross-sectoral partnerships, and offering programs to engage youth in solving regional water and energy challenges.
The Network strives to achieve this by bringing together over 300 professionals with experience in water resource management across academia, and public and private sectors in Central Asia. These professionals exchange knowledge and experience by way of four interlinked communities of practice, workshops, joint research and analytical studies, competitions (such as Olympiads for students), training sessions (including Train-the-Trainer programs), and field work and visits.
Four communities of practice located within the World Bank Group’s Collaboration4Development Platform comprise the Academic Network in Central Asia (which brings together representatives from 26 regional universities), the Regional Cross-Sectoral Working Group in Kazakhstan, the National Cross-Sectoral Working Group in the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Central Asia Youth Forum on Water.