1. Introduction / Background  

UN-Habitat/Global Water Operators` Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) is collaborating with WaterWorX, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, and Rwanda’s Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) to deliver a 4-day learning and exchange workshop in Rwanda on 5-8 December 2023.

The training aims to build knowledge on innovations and good practices emerging from utilities in their efforts to provide water and sanitation services to low-income customers. The training will also explore how Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) can support these efforts. It will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, one week before the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2023.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To share knowledge on water service provision in low-income areas.
  • To build on the existing community of practitioners in this field, including staff from utilities, NGOs or other institutions.
  • To discuss how services to low-income customers could be better integrated in WOPs.

2. The Opportunity 

To enable participation by engaged individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend, the GWOPA Secretariat invites applications for sponsorship. 


For whom:
  • Low-income customers units’ (LICUs) coordinators from water and sanitation utilities
  • NGOs or other institutions that operate in the field of water and sanitation in low-income areas


What we offer:


  • Air Ticket: An economy-rate round trip ticket from the country of origin to/from Kigali, Rwanda, per the UN rules and regulations, will be provided. 
  • Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) in Kigali during the days of the workshop (4 – 9 December 2023), per the UN rules and regulations, will be provided.
  • Attendance to the workshop on “Servicing Low-Income Customers in the Face of Climate Change”


Selection criteria:


  • Experience working on water and sanitation services in low-income areas
  • Motivation to participate in this learning experience
  • Be a national of a least developed country, a low-income country or a lower middle-income country (check this list)   
  • Be a GWOPA individual member or belong to/work for a GWOPA institutional member organization 
  • Active involvement in the GWOPA Communities of Practice
  • Have the official support of your utility/ organization/company to represent them at the workshop and congress 



Note 1: Applicants that are already receiving full sponsorships (travel, accommodation, meals) from other channels (e.g., WaterWorX) will not be considered eligible

Note 2: In the selection process, GWOPA will ensure geographic representation, gender and age balance among the sponsorship’s recipients

Note 3: Participants must be proficient in English (no translation will be provided)

3. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Please submit your sponsorship form through the application form

Contact Information

Julie Perkins, Programme Management Officer, Urban Basic Services Section, UN-Habitat.