Cap-Net UNDP welcomes Marianne Kjellén as the new UNDP Senior Water Advisor

Cap-Net UNDP welcomes Marianne Kjellén to the Cap-Net family, and congratulate her on her capacity as the UNDP Senior Water Advisor.

Marianne Kjellén (PhD), Senior Water Advisor, works with the Water & Ocean Governance Programme within the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. She has over twenty years of experience of water and development work. With a focus on the governance of service delivery and resources management, she works on the cross-cutting issues of integrity (anti-corruption), gender, and human rights. She advocates for the importance of investing into human capacity and organization; as a means for making investments into physical infrastructure render its intended benefits to the intended people. Her most recent work focuses on governance issues in relation to sanitation and wastewater management.

Prior to joining the UNDP in August-2016, Marianne Kjellén directed the UNDP Water Governance Facility (WGF) at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). At SIWI, she managed the team and thematic area of Water Governance. She also managed a major Knowledge Management initiative to analyse, document and disseminate experience from programmes for Democratic and Economic Governance of water and sanitation, supported by the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F), and research on the socio-cultural challenges in sanitation and water supply for ethnic minorities, particularly indigenous peoples.

Previous experience includes many years with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI); serving as social and gender expert in the Knowledge Management Team of the Ecological Sanitation Research Programme and before that as coordinator of research on urban environments. As lecturer at Stockholm University, Marianne Kjellén has developed and run courses on Environment & Urbanization, Medical Geography and Economic Geography. Her PhD thesis in Human Geography made an institutional analysis of water service provision in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, building on case studies of informal water distribution, the formal public-private partnership, and the individual and collective interests in this vital service.

In the early 1990s, Marianne Kjellén worked three years with UNDP in Tanzania as a Junior Professional Officer. Most of Marianne Kjellén’s subsequent work has related to low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. A major share of her project work has been financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). As a social scientist, Marianne Kjellén is an experienced lecturer on water-related matters. She currently serves a member of the Scientific Programme Committee of the Stockholm World Water Week.

She will be taking over the reigns as Cap-Net Board Chair (succeeding Joakim Harlin) and we expect to work closely together for the success of the network.