Overview

Helping water operators help one another

The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) is an international network created to support water operators through Water Operator’s Partnerships (WOPs), peer support exchanges between two or more water operators, on a not-for-profit basis, with the objective of strengthening their capacity, enhancing their performance and enabling them to provide a better service to more people.

Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) are peer-support partnerships between water and sanitation service providers. WOPs work by harnessing the skills, knowledge and goodwill within a strong utility to build the capacity and improve the performance of another utility that needs assistance or guidance.

News and Stories

More than
389
water operators’ partnerships improved water service delivery, through strengthened capacity under the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance.
Over
58 million
people estimated to have access to services improved through Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs)
More than
3,500
mentee utility staff improve capacity through WOPs

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Donors and partners

The global network of national and regional WOP platforms and programmes are the operational arm of the GWOPA Strategy, facilitating Water Operators’ Partnerships practice at the local level. Donor partners help scale up the WOP practice by financing partnership activities, and substantive  partners collaborate in the development and dissemination of knowledge.

Our Experts

Julie M. Perkins
Officer-in-charge of GWOPA, Urban Basic Services
Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division