Champions of Water Governance

Isabelle Fauconnier, Nazareth Porras, Raphael Glemet, Emilio Cobo, Mark Smith and Alejandro Iza

This thematic case study reviews the

diverse experience of the ‘Champions’ component’ of BRIDGE in Mesoamerica, South America, in the Lower

Mekong region and in the Lake Chad Basin, to examine the factors of success and draw lessons for future initiatives

that may choose to rely on change makers to effect transformative change. A number of testimonials tell us that

the Champions’ component in BRIDGE has been successful in helping leaders build informal pathways for dialogue,

unlocking new cooperation processes and linking local to national influence streams. Key findings, detailed below,

speak in favour of adopting leadership building as a deliberate strategy to catalyse change – one that must tread

wisely and patiently according to the context in which it unfolds.