M-POWER stands for the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience. We are a network of collaborators undertaking action based research, facilitated dialogues and knowledge brokering to improve water governance in the Mekong Region in ways that support sustainable livelihoods and healthy communities and ecosystems.
The acronym ‘M-POWER’ is a play on the word empower, which means ‘to give qualities or abilities to do something.’ This captures our motivation for engaging in water governance research and our intent to facilitate a culture of continuous improvement in this arena in the Mekong Region. Each element of the acronym deserves elaboration:
Our vision is for the Mekong Region to realize a high standard of democracy in water governance.
Our mission is to support sustainable livelihoods and healthier communities and ecosystems in the Mekong Region through conducting action-research, facilitating dialogues and nurturing transboundary knowledge networks that encourage diverse collaborative relationships and improve policy and practice settings.
Mekong Region is taken to encompass the territory, ecosystems, people, economies and politics of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China’s Yunnan Province (Map based on UN map no. 4112, August 2000)