The Mayors Make Movies initiative will create partnerships between mayors, up-and-coming filmmakers in different African cities, to produce short films (2 – 3 min) that feature the role of and initiatives by city mayors, local issues and solutions from different water users, and highlight principles of water governance. The initiative aims to:

  • Raise the profile of Mayors, and create a platform for inter-mayoral/inter- city partnerships, mayor-to-mayor networks in water governance;
  • Produce content that can reach a wider audience, specifically use to encourage greater participation in water-related issues and solutions;
  • Promote good water science and policy communication that can reach different people;
  • Promote an understanding, use and uptake of OECD Principles on Water Governance.


Since 2009, Let’s Talk About Water (LTAW) has effectively used film to connect hydrologists, policymakers, students, and communities, addressing critical water issues. LTAW’s impact extends beyond film, serving as a program which hosts scientist panels, communication grants, and generally engages conversations about far-reaching water issues. Our global efforts include partnerships with UNESCO-IHE – Institute for Water Education and TU Delft in The Netherlands, the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and the Water and Sanitation Agency of Brazil (ANA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and UCLG-Africa in Morocco.

Project Proposal here

Linda at the Athena Theater