Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership to achieve a water-secure world for all

The Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) of the World Bank Water Global Practice is a global partnership with the objective to address the water and sanitation challenge in an integrated manner, as set out in the global water goal (SDG 6). This SDC support will advance innovative global knowledge production and exchange as well as building capacity through country-level support across regions with a focus on the population excluded most from water investments and services.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Water supply
Water sanitation
Water resources conservation
01.12.2017 - 30.06.2021
CHF  10’000’000
Background Most donor support for the water sector in many countries has focused on individual sub-sectors, and has not addressed the broader challenges of water as set out in SDG 6: there is a need water is effectively managed as critical resource for development to support households, agriculture, manufacturing, job creation, and the environment. With its portfolio of water investments and water experts, the World Bank is uniquely positioned to lead these efforts, developing and sharing global knowledge while also amplifying the impact of World Bank Group financial instruments through technical assistance on the ground.
Objectives Solve complex water and sanitation challenges by helping governments achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 and other water-related SDGs through global knowledge and partnerships as well as country-level support that leverage World Bank Group financial instruments.
Target groups Client countries / governments (national and sub-national level), citizens (incl. women and young people), academic sector, civil society, private sector (global and domestic private sector, incl. financial sector).
Medium-term outcomes
  • Improved global knowledge and analysis;
  • Strengthened partnerships and knowledge exchange;
  • Change at regional / country-level at global scale catalysed by strengthening the uptake of the priority themes (sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing, resilience) of water-related national policies and supported programmes and projects in the core business lines of GWSP.

Expected results:   Analytical tools, lessons learned, guidance documents, technical assistance, capacity-building, and leveraging knowledge and partnership at global and regional and country-level with a thematic focus on sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing, resilience in the areas of: 1.Water Supply&Sanitation; 2.Agricultural Water Management; 3.Water Security/Resources Management/Transboundary Cooperation; 4.Water,Poverty&Economy.

Results from previous phases:   This is the first phase of this new partnership with the World Bank Water Global Practice.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International Financial Institution (IFI)
  • World Bank - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Other partners
Sweden/SIDA, The Netherlands/DGIS, Australia/DFAT, Norway/NORAD, Rockefeller and Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.
Coordination with other projects and actors UN (incl. UN-Water, UNICEF, WHO, WSSCC), regional development banks, bilateral donors, think tanks (e.g. Earth Security Group), NGOs and multi-stakeholder platforms.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    10’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    9’900’000