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Learning Paper: Lessons from Co-Creation of a Platform for Women in Water Governance in the Mekong Region

In February 2023, the 12-person all-female steering committee convened to begin the process of co-creating this safe space, with security safeguards, a robust governance structure, and initial wireframe ideas for the online space, backed up by technology infrastructure that establishes a baseline of no electricity, no hardware and connectivity, no literacy or digital literacy, with a minimum of start-up funds to build the necessary infrastructure. The project’s initial pilot region is the Lower Mekong Basin countries and Myanmar, but engages a gender-balanced Advisory Board that brings global perspectives and trans-disciplinary expertise.

These lessons are based on a one-year longitudinal research project that followed the WIWGP co-creation process through a mix of interviews, observation and surveys. This includes observation of online meetings and two in-person workshops (23-24 February and 12-21 September 2023), two rounds of interviews with Steering Committee members and other members of the project team, and post-workshop surveys after each workshop.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Mekong
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

This learning paper is freely accessible and shareable under the 4.0 International license.

Version / Edition 2024
License Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike

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Author (individual) Aileen Thomson
Author (corporate) The Tea Leaf Center
Co-author (coorporate) Open Development Initiative (ODI)
Publication place Chiang Mai, Thailand
Publisher The Tea Leaf Center
Publication date 2024
Pagination 7
General note

This project received financial support from SPIDER.

Keywords Water Governance,WIWG,Co-creation,Safe Space
Date uploaded January 31, 2024, 06:37 (UTC)
Date modified January 31, 2024, 07:15 (UTC)