With the overall vision of achieving water security and the SDGs, GWP supports mandated actors to advance water governance through the application of IWRM principles – widely accepted as the keys to solving the problem of sharing limited water resources equitably among many competing water users. Our most meaningful results therefore lie in the governance improvements introduced by actors at all levels where GWP is active. These governance improvements, recorded as tangible outcomes, occur in “change areas” which cover the wide array of the water governance spectrum.

In the little over twenty years since GWP was founded, we have successfully influenced more than 400 outcomes that have contributed to improved water governance. These results are the most demonstrable illustration of our achievements and our progress in reaching the vision of water security through the incorporation of IWRM into water governance.

The recorded outcomes influenced by GWP are categorised under the following three key pillars of IWRM and water governance:

The enabling environment – Good water governance requires a strong enabling environment to structure and guide the work of all actors in a sustained and effective manner. To this end, GWP promotes comprehensive water and water-related policies, clear legal frameworks and robust financing structures which together provide the foundation for increasing water security. Tangible results influenced by GWP include:

  • The adoption of around 90 national water resources policies, climate change adaptation policies and other policies with a strong relationship to water
  • Strengthened water law in 17 countries, including its implementation and integration with related legal frameworks
  • The development of more than 20 investment strategies, including the mobilisation of funds from government budgets, external aid and other sources to enable implementation

Institutional arrangements – A range of political, social, economic and administrative institutions need to be in place to develop and manage water resources in a sustainable manner. GWP seeks to improve the efficiency, capacity and interconnections between these institutions to enable them to apply good governance practices as per IWRM principles. Tangible results influenced by GWP include:

  • Institutional reform processes involving mandated water governance organisations in more than 10 countries
  • Strengthened institutional governance frameworks for 8 River Basin Organisations and other transboundary institutions
  • The establishment of 8 national coordination bodies related to water resources management and more than 50 subnational multi-stakeholder partnerships founded on IWRM principles

Management instruments – Specific methods that enable decision makers to make rational and informed choices when it comes to water management and to tailor their actions to specific situations. Tangible results influenced by GWP include:

  • More than 100 plans and frameworks based on, or incorporating, IWRM principles formally adopted at regional, river basin, national and subnational levels
  • Creation of more than 20 information systems, hubs and coordination mechanisms for managing and disseminating data on a wide range of water resources management issues
  • Initiation of almost 20 decision support tools and mechanisms including economic modelling, assessment frameworks and methodologies, GIS based systems and regulatory guidance

For a full description of GWP’s annual results see the Annual Reports and Annual Progress Reviews

The results are monitored through GWP’s hybrid M&E system.