Programme Dates: 17 to 22 April 2022

Programme Schedule: 09.00 to 17.00 daily (Singapore time)

About The Programme: The need for good urban water policies, governance and management in Asia is as urgent as ever.

Many cities are unable to deliver the required water services to their population, while at the same time climate change adds another dimension to water insecurity. Large investments are needed, yet government funds are limited and involvement of the private sector in water supply and sanitation has seen mixed results. Governance and regulation are in many places inadequate to deal with the challenging multidimensional and integrated nature of water management and supply. Water as a basic necessity for life permeates through society and economy, and has cultural dimensions as well. Employing this scarce resource to the greatest benefit of urban populations requires strong leadership.

The Temasek Foundation Water Leadership Programme (TFWLP) is developed in collaboration with the Institute of Water Policy (IWP) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) with support from PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency. It aims to meet the needs of urban water utilities and regulators, and to help develop strategies to cope with emerging challenges to their institutional, regulatory, and financial environment. It brings together water leaders from across Asia for an intensive one-week executive education programme in Singapore to learn from water experts, researchers, practitioners, and from one another.

Attendance at the TFWLP involves group participation where each organisation is expected to nominate a team of three senior officials.

Target Audience

  • Civil servants from national, regional and city government agencies across Asia dealing with urban water policy and large utilities that have policy functions and are in leadership positions. Prospective participants can come from technical and non-technical backgrounds. They are expected to have general proficiency and understanding of the English language, as this will be the medium of instruction.
  • Each organisation is to submit a team of three officials consisting of one senior management staff (director level or higher), and two middle management staff (deputy director, senior engineer, etc.).
  • Prospective participants can come from technical and non-technical backgrounds.
  • They are expected to have general proficiency and understanding of the English language, as this will be the medium of instruction.

PROGRAMME FOCUS

TFWLP will focus specifically on urban water policy and management, and strives to accomplish two goals: first, to provide a space for reflection on participants' own urban water challenges; and second, to empower practitioners to create their own action plans and acquiring the skills needed to put these into practice.

The programme will address the following issues:

  • Principles of effective water policy and integrated water resources management
  • Leading policy changes in the water sector
  • Innovations in water policy and governance for water security
  • Transforming the water sector – perspectives of water leaders in Asia
  • Public-private partnerships in the water sector
  • Water demand management and public engagement
  • The Singapore water story – from scarcity to sustainability

Application: Please drop us an e-mail (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) indicating your organisation's interest. In the e-mail, please include the following details:

  • Organisation Name
  • Details of the 3 Applicants
    – Full Name
    – Designation
    – E-mail
    – CV