Global Water Partnership - GWP

COVID-19 continued to influence activities in 2021. The pandemic had varied impacts between regions, but overall it caused disruptions. This was mainly due to the priorities of our target actors being shifted in response, and planned governance processes being postponed. Inevitably, this led to some delays in workplan implementation and project initiation. Nevertheless, most of GWP’s activities were able to continue and commitments were met, despite the challenges.

Windows of opportunities have opened, including a significant shift in the way we work – with new online engagement tools being explored. Our Working in Virtual Environments initiative provides centralised support to regional online activities, such as the kick-off event for the Development of the AIP Water Investment Scorecard and the regional webinar on valuing water in South Asia. These online tools hold the potential for future GWP work to be conducted in a more cost-effective way – reducing travel and convening costs, along with the organisation’s carbon footprint.

The COVID-19 crisis is also giving more prominence to the relationship between health and water. GWP’s role in supporting governments and other institutions has been enhanced. For example, GWP has a new project in Southern Africa to identify WASH solutions at selected border posts in the region to stem the cross-border spread of the virus. GWP also analysed the impact of COVID-19 on the water sector in Central America and the Caribbean, highlighting the importance of regional cooperation and coordination when faced with a crisis.

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The Annual Financial Report for 2021 provides an executive summary, an income statement, a balance sheet, cash flow statements and notes on the accounts.

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The Global Water Partnership is a multi-stakeholder action network and intergovernmental organisation dedicated to working with countries towards the equitable, sustainable, and efficient management of water resources. We comprise 3,000-plus Partner organisations in over 180 countries. Our network of Regional and Country Water Partnerships convenes and brokers coordinated action by government and non-government actors. A long-time advocate for integrated water resources management, we draw on implementation experience at the local level and link it across our Network and to global development agendas. 

Integrated water resources management is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. 

The GWP Network is open to all organisations that recognise the principles of integrated water resources management endorsed by the Network. It includes states, government institutions at all levels, non-governmental organisations, academic and research institutions, private companies, and service providers in the public sector. GWP’s diverse and inclusive network is a platform for policy dialogue and bottom-up development of action plans and programmes, providing a voice for communities on water management.  

At the end of 2021, the Network had 13 Regional Water Partnerships, 74 Country Water Partnerships, and 3,449 Partners located in 183 countries. 

Country Water Partnerships 

Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tchad, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe 

New Partners in 2021

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Our vision is for a water secure world.

Our mission is to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development.

Our unique value: as a network of networks, we ensure the ‘voices of water’ influence local, national, regional, and global development priorities. GWP instigates systems change through its unique combination of social capital, shared values, credibility as a neutral convener, bottom-up orientation, and expertise.

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