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In the 2012 report “Water Governance in Latin American and Caribbean countries: A Multi-level-Approach”, OECD addressed the major co-ordination and capacity-building issues related to the design, regulation and implementation of water policies. It focused on three points: the role and responsibilities of public actors in water policy at central and sub-national levels, the governance challenges related to their interaction at horizontal and vertical levels, and the tools and strategies currently in use to enhance governance in the water sector.

One of the tools developed by OECD is the Multi-level Governance Framework, which provides governments with a reading template to identify main challenges, or “gaps” in water policy as well as possible policy responses. Thus, Seven gaps were categorized, whatever countries’ institutional settings and hydrological features: administrative gap, information gap, policy gap, capacity gap, funding gap, objective gap, and accountability gap

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