The Way Forward

The inherited tradition of the Islamic water network is profoundly based on inter cooperation among member states of the OIC. Present INWRDAM membership does not exceed 19 members ever since the network was established back in 1987 out of 57 OIC members. Frankly, in 28 years just about 50% of the total OIC membership has responded positively.

Generously the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has provided much needed funds for such a noble cause. Otherwise the network could have suffered adverse circumstances in the past.

Believing water is the essence of life “and we made from water every living thing” (Al Anbia 30, verse-sura etc., Quaran) a major initiative should prevail in this aspect. Towards a future prospect, water should be a real driver of change, a pillar of development and an indicator for quality of life.

One of INWRDAM’s priorities is better communication, hence the new look electronic connectivity, to allow faster and effective communication and dialogue, a state of the art electronic Website, Facebbook and Twitter. This communication package will allow us to network and participate, presenting ideas and concepts.

New ideas and concepts will be tabled for discussion and implementation, to move forward, how we structure the path. First and for most, finance is the key issue, though in recent years much of the previously available financial sources are focusing more on major themes and issues such as climate change and renewable energy. It is a fundamental issue that needs to be addressed by the OIC vis-a-vis COMSTECH, however, OIC member countries should not lose sight of planning and developing an appropriate base for science and technology. It is worth exploring the Waqf concept  and its implications in support of science and technology with a noble concept aiming to benefit humanity.

On the other hand how to engage with the private sector, when it is clear that private sector in the Islamic world is performing well, never in the recent past have been involved in support of policies and decision making with the public sector. Probably it is time to create an initiative to share responsibilities and involve a vital sector in the activities of the INWRDAM based on mutual respect and enjoy gained dividends. It would be worthwhile to investigate the willingness of cooperation in this respect.

Another form of interest is the local priorities of each member of the network, pending on the willingness of the members, INWRDAM is willing to conduct a survey to receive your priorities and elaborate on them in a one to one base or collectively. This could be a productive process in terms of keeping tabs on regional topics and issues, making a future agenda for cooperation.

In many aspects as mentioned above, cooperation requires motivation, planning and commitment. The process is a lengthy one, INWRDAM has the will and ability to start the ball rolling, we cannot guarantee results but are ready to give it a go.