Since its inception in 1996, GWP’s main activity has been the support of the economic and social change process, in developing countries, that contribute to the sustainable management and development of water resources. The Partnership has “multi-donor” support. The contributions of different governments and volunteer contributions from many Partners provide coordinated support and assistance to development. Through the promotion and implementation of the integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach, GWP has, over these last 10 years, successfully helped to transform general vision in the domain of Water. IWRM is a public good. Very few actors now consider it as a narrow, technical and single-purpose concept. Many understand now that the management of water resources in an integrated way is everyone's business and that a wide range of “social actors” from different sectors of the society with different economic interests, should take part.
The GWP network is uniquely positioned to enable all to interact and work together because it brings very different partners together such as government agencies, private companies, non-governmental organizations, and professional organizations, advocacy groups for women and youth, and bilateral and multilateral development agencies.
GWP strengthens, brings together and links stakeholders of the water sector. Meanwhile, the Partnership encourages all stakeholders to work together more effectively to provide basic services and manage water resources so as to achieve long and short term economic, environmental and equity objectives. GWP has as Partners 13 Regional Water Partnerships (RWP) and about 80 Country Water Partnerships (CWP). These are neutral and inclusive platforms for dialogue and support to change processes. Regional and National partnerships manage and govern themselves, and bring stakeholders together to attend to specific problems. The solutions they offer are adapted to local realities inspired by other local experiences and good practices drawn from across the network.