Water International

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The water international sector includes organisations and activities aimed at international cooperation outside Western Europe, with a focus on both export and social objectives (tied to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals).

The organisations in this sector are mainly water pipeline companies, water authorities, knowledge institutes, businesses and NGOs. Amongst others, these organisations focus on international cooperation, private-public partnerships, demonstration, and pilot projects, research, capacity development, and technical assistance.

Themes of the Water International Sector

Policy makers mainly stimulate cooperative projects, either for multidisciplinary purposes, or for private-public cooperative alliances. The sustainability of activities according to the five criteria (financial, institutional, ecological, technical, and social) is the main focus.

Stimulating private investments in developing countries is becoming increasingly important, as investments can no longer be financed by international financial organisations alone.

Relevant grant programmes

  • Urbanising Deltas of the World – (NWO – WOTRO)
  • Global water projects – Partners for Water
  • Developmentally Relevant Infrastructure Investment Vehicle – DRIVE
  • Demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation – DHI
  • Embassy funds
  • The European Development Fund – ACP Water Facility / Europe Aid
  • African Development Bank – The African Water Facility
  • USAID – Secure Water for Food Security Programme

Examples of International Water-related Projects

  • Reduced flood probability and impact in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Safe drinking water in Bangladesh: an integrated framework assessing acceptability, social-technological feasibility and sustainability of hand-pump subsurface arsenic removal in diverse settings of rural Bangladesh (NWO / WOTRO)
  • DELTAP: an integrative approach for smart small-scale piped water supply in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta (Urbanising Deltas of the World Programme)
  • Sustainable freshwater supply in urbanizing Maputo, Mozambique (Urbanising Deltas of the World Programme)
  • Capacity building in Drinking Water Supply in Suriname (10th European Development Fund ACP- EU Water Facility)
  • Capacity Building in Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management in Mozambique Northern Region (10th European Development Fund ACP- EU Water Facility)
  • Partnership for capacity building in sustainable infrastructure development and water resources protection in Oromia region, Ethiopia (10th European Development Fund ACP- EU Water Facility)
  • Sustainable solutions against groundwater salinization in Coastal Areas (USAID).


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