“Let me explain my understanding of dialogue. The aim of
dialogue is not conversion or to reach agreement on core beliefs. The
aim of dialogue is to listen to each other, to come to know one another,
and hopefully to respect each other. "
Pope Benedict XVI
About the WRC Dialogues
The WRC Dialogues are discussion-based events on topical water
issues affecting the South African public, the aim of which is to serve
as a platform to exchange ideas and opinions related to water. In this
regard, the WRC Dialogues are guided by the principles of transparency,
openness and honesty; plurality of perspectives and inclusivity, mutual
respect; a commitment to problem-solving and mutual accountability; and
in the broader interest of knowledge sharing. The value of the WRC’s
role as convenor of these events lies in its ability to be a neutral
knowledge broker as South Africa’s premier water knowledge resource.
There are three types of dialogues that are organised in this
Wat-Indabas are typically closed facilitated sessions held under the
Chatham House Rule. This rule refers primarily to the confidentiality of
the source of information received at a meeting. The aim is to
facilitate free knowledge sharing in an unthreatening environment. It
intends to deepen mutual understandings of the different perspectives of
stakeholders when there may be significant conceptual gaps, reference
points, and perhaps even a degree of mistrust. Wat-Indabas will often
span several sessions and involve the progressive unpacking of key
issues related to the subject matter, with the outcome decided at the
onset. Under Chatham House rule, participants commit to protecting the
identity of other participants and only using the information received
strategically to inform actions, research or policy decisions.
Attendance is by invitation only.
WATER CURRENTS POLICY SERIES
The Water Currents Policy Series is a range of convened seminars, often
held in partnership with a host of collaborating institutions, and
comprising of a panel of experts invited to present different
authoritative views on a discussion topic. The aim of the Water Currents
Policy Series is to create a forum where panellists express multiple and
sometimes divergent perspectives on key issues affecting the water
sector in South Africa. A key component of this series is that it is
outcome-driven with opinion pieces, policy briefs, and other
publications generated after each dialogue.
KHULUMA SIZWE SERIES (The nation speaks)
The Khuluma Sizwe Series is an open lecture platform where
high-profile speakers are invited to give talks on very impactful water
issues affecting the South African public. These events will be widely
broadcast and are open to the public.
WRC Dialogue Calendar 2013/2014 (PDF Download)