Use of a methodology to support the design of a short-term Multi-Stakeholder Platform: the case of a water and sanitation project in Tiquipaya (Bolivia).
As part of the Negowat project, a Generic Methodology was designed to support short-term Multi Stakeholder Platforms. This paper aims at presenting how this generic methodology was implemented in the case of a Negotiation Table regarding a highly conflictive water and sanitation project in Tiquipaya Municipality, situated in the peri-urban zone of Cochabamba city, in Bolivia. The project was heavily criticized by many Water Committees, for the following reasons: (i) the project was not publicized and there were presumptions of corruption; (ii) the 25-year duration of the loan was judged too long and the interest rate too high; (iii) the project was initially to take over the assets and the management of the Water Committees' infrastructure, without any compensation. ASIRITIC, the local irrigation users association, also questioned the project because of the previous reasons, but also because the project would accelerate the urbanization process and might take control of the water sources managed by ASIRITIC, in order to get the needed water to operate the water and sanitation system.
Working Paper 4, NEGOWAT Project, Bolivia. 19 pp.