What is the Network?

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a global action network with over 3,000 Partner organisations in 178 countries. The network has 86 Country Water Partnerships and 13 Regional Water Partnerships.

The network is open to all organisations involved in water resources management: developed and developing country government institutions, agencies of the United Nations, bi- and multi-lateral development banks, professional associations, research institutions, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector.

GWP's action network provides knowledge and builds capacity to improve water management at all levels: global, regional, national and local. GWP does not operate alone. Its networking approach provides a mechanism for coordinated action and adds value to the work of many other key development partners.


The GWP Network created to advocate for the implementation of integrated water resources management (IWRM): the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare without compromising the sustainability of vital environmental systems.

Convening power

Because we are a global action network with multiple stakeholders from many sectors, we provide a neutral platform on which to facilitate dialogues that result in changes to policies, laws, and institutions.

Technical expertise and knowledge sharing

GWP provides the intellectual leadership for an integrated approach to water resources management. GWP created the GWP ToolBox, an online knowledge centre with the tools, references, and case studies needed for applying the integrated approach. The knowledge created by the network is shared at global, regional, national and local levels.

Capacity building

GWP helps countries to connect water resources planning with operations at different scales – from  transboundary to local – so that actions are coherent and sustainable. Instead of taking the traditional development approach in which projects are often not connected, GWP works with many stakeholders so that capacity is built in institutions for long-term changes in how water is managed.

Posted: 2010-04-28

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