The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) works to strengthen public water and sanitation utilities worldwide by mobilizing strong utilities to support those that are struggling. GWOPA’s work is closely tied into the enormous challenges and opportunities of urbanization. In cities of the North, we expect to find clean water and safe sanitation when we come to cities. This is not the case everywhere.
In Africa, Asia, the Pacific and to a lesser extent Latin America and the Caribbean, cities are growing at an extraordinary pace: by 2050, the world can expect to see around 2.5 billion additional people living in urban areas. Aggravated by climate change, this puts water resources and service providers under great pressure. Public water utilities are – and are likely to remain – the main institutions relied upon to provide these most essential of basic services, but many are not keeping up with the growing demand.
The insight of Water Operators’ Partnerships is that, despite contextual differences, water utilities all over the world have a lot in common, and therefore much to learn from and share with one another. GWOPA helps utilities tap into the knowledge of their peers, on a not-for-profit basis, to raise their collective capacity to provide sustainable services. GWOPA’s work aligns with the vision of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind” in cities and towns, by promoting access to safe, sufficient and affordable water and sanitation services.