A strategic objective of M-POWER has been to establish, as normal practice for exploring and deciding upon important national and transnational water-related management and development options, public processes for taking into consideration the rights, risks and responsibilities of different groups and perspectives. Multi-stakeholder dialogues are seen as a key type of event in facilitating such interactions and social learning processes.
This goal has been approached by a combination of leading by example, making constructive contributions to public processes convened by others, and critical reflection on dialogues.
At the regional level, for example, M-POWER co-convened the 'Mekong Region Waters Dialogue: exploring water futures together' in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in July 2006.
At local levels there have been many experiments with dialogue type processes to help expand and explore alternative development and management options and decisions. Multi-stakeholder dialogues are also important at local levels with various watershed and river basin organizations increasingly finding themselves functioning as platforms, especially among government agencies, but also with civil society representatives.