Public water and sanitation operators are relied upon to provide water and sanitation services in most cities and communities of the world, though many struggle to provide adequate coverage, and services are commonly unreliable, inaccessible and unsafe. Climate change and other phenomena are making fresh water scarcer and aggravating the challenge public utilities’ face in providing access and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Utilities, however, can also be a great resource to one another in addressing these challenges. This is the premise of the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), the global mechanism established by the UN Secretary General to scale up the practice of Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs). Since its foundation in 2009, GWOPA has been working to strengthen the technical and management capacity of water and sanitation operators through not-for-profit peer support partnerships. WOPs build utilities’ capacity to improve performance towards the Sustainable Development Goals and delivery on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, while bolstering their resilience to overcome growing challenges.
“We have learned that WOPs give results. We are very satisfied to have participated.”
Miriam Laura, Head of Project Formulator Unit, EMSAPUNO
Related Sustainable Development Goals
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.