The state of the current world crises and challenge of access for clean water is well-documented. Around 1.2 billion people still do not have access to clean water. More than 2.6 billion people do not have access to sanitation. And around 2 out of 10 children still die every year due to the lack of access for clean water. Asia remains home to more than half of the world’s population, so it is unsurprising that more than one-third of its population suffer lack of access to adequate and safe water. Despite Asia being the bright spot of economic activities globally, it has suffered very much from changing climatic conditions, increased toxicity (in land, air and water), malnourishment, and increased incidences of poverty (particularly in the urban areas).
With all these pertinent issues at hand, the Temasek Foundation International Water Leadership Programme (TFIWLP) is developed in collaboration with the Institute of Water Policy (IWP) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy with support from Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB). It aims to meet the needs of water utilities, regulators and urban policymakers in Asia. The programme is designed to provide participants with best practice examples of governance and effective management of water utilities, and to help develop strategies to cope with emerging challenges to their institutional, regulatory, and financial environment. To this end, it brings together leaders in the public and private sectors for an intensive two-week executive education programme to learn from water experts, researchers, practitioners, and from one another.