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'Money on the table' at Water as Leverage workshops in Chennai

27 November 2018

In November, the Ooze team joined their partners in India for the second local workshop of the Water as Leverage programme. The three day programme included site visits with Partners for Resilience, RVO and UN-Habitat, as well as interactive working groups and presentations under the direction of Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs.

The workshop in particular provided a platform to test conceptual designs for our project 'City of 1,000 Tanks' with stakeholders and decision makers engaged in water issues in Chennai, including local government, academics, NGOs and community representatives.

We developed an interactive game to ‘put money on the table’, which was a huge success in prompting discussion among participants about the feasibility and bankability of each of the 5 designs – Mylapore, Chitra Nagar, Mambalam and Koyambedu, and a regional urban plan. From this we gained valuable input to further our designs as well as identifying the enabling environment required to get projects off the ground.

In December, the team will also be travelling to Singapore to participate in the first regional workshop. Here, the emerging proposals from Chennai will be presented together with those from Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang (Indonesia), to the Water as Leverage advisory board (including 100 Resilient Cities and Architecture Workroom Brussels) and potential financial partners, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and the Green Climate Fund.

City of 1,000 Tanks, Chennai


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Nilofer Tajuddin from Ooze leads one of the workshops to present proposals for 4 sites across Chennai, and a regional strategy (© RVO/WaL)
Coloured coins enabled different stakeholders to express their preference for projects (© RVO/WaL)