General Assembly 2019 - Background Documents

Dear SWP Members

Please find hereafter the presentations from the SWP General Assembly 2019:

Other additional Documents:

Please find hereafter the background documents for the General Assembly on 12th June in Zürich:

In case of any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the SWP Secretariat.


Book a Slot at the SWP Booth | World Water Week 2019

Be part of the Swiss Hub in Stockholm!








The water conference World Water Week (WWW) has moved to the Tele2 Arena this year!

Do you want to be part and take the opportunity to organize a networking aperitif or launch a product? Join the SWP Booth at the new conference location and book a slot during the WWW!

The Swiss Water Partnership offers its members a space to create events, presentations, organize movie screenings or networking aperitifs.

Be part and co-own the booth for 2 hours! Applying the rotating ownership principle, each participating organization will have the opportunity to own the Swiss Booth for a specific time slot during the week.

More detailed information: Call for Swiss Booth Participation 2019.


Webinar Series: Leave No One Behind in rural water supply | RWSN

RWSN has started with the first 2019 webinar series (on-line seminars) with a focus on “Leave No One behind” in rural water supply, running every Tuesday from April 16th, 2019 until June 04th, 2019, in English, French and/or Spanish.

Schedule and Topics:

  • 16 Apr “Leave no one behind” – What does it mean for rural water supply?
  • 23 Apr How to reach all: practical examples of supported Self-supply.
  • 30 Apr Water justice: recognising different needs and practices
  • 07 May Including water quality testing into routine monitoring
  • 14 May A conversation about borehole drilling by private enterprises
  • 21 May Planning and Financing for Universal Access
  • 28 May Communicating groundwater-climate behaviour with African farmers
  • 4 Jun Hands-on! How do we implement “Leave no one behind” in rural water supply?

Register HERE for the webinar series.

For more information click HERE.

Summerschool on Water Governance

The registration for the CAS on Water and Governance: Frameworks and Negotiation is now open.

The management of water resources faces environmental, climatic, political and economic challenges. In this changing environment, innovative policies should be designed to foster collaborations between States, the civil society and the private sector. To this end, practitioners and decision-makers need to develop new analytical skills.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva launches the third edition of the certifying Summer School in “Water Governance: Framework and Negotiations”. This two-weeks training is aimed to deliver skills and knowledge based on the latest scientific research that are applicable in professional contexts. Participants will learn how to use water governance tools to address complex political situations, be resilient when a crisis strikes, and innovate in the face of risk and uncertainty.

In addition to the on-site classes given at the Summer School, a MOOC in Water Management and Policy is offered to the participants on the Coursera platform. Completion of the MOOC (ideally prior the Summer School) and of a final thesis are required to obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies.

SWP Annual Report and new Action Plan





2018 was an inspiring and successful year for the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) filled with many highlights and high international exposure! The participation at the 8th World Water Forum and the World Water Week further strengthened the Swiss voice, while the publication of the youth strategy, the first learning event and the preparation of a pilot project on blended finance are concrete actions that have intensified cross-sector collaboration and learning, providing space for critical reflections and discussions. They show the dynamism and development of the platform.

On a global level, special attention was given to the SDG 6 on water and sanitation goal at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, where all SDGs are being reviewed annually. This resulted in the publication of the of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation, which was produced by UN-Water to provide input to Member States on this goal and ensures the implementation of the Sustainability Development Goals.

It is widely recognized that massive financing is needed to close the financing gap to meet the SDG’s. The question is how to attract more private investments in the water sector knowing that many projects are hardly bankable and their access to market-based repayable finance is limited. Comforted by the interest of its members, the SWP developed a blended finance concept to diversify financing channels and create added value to its members. Innovative revenue mechanisms are at the centre of the concept that will be piloted in the coming years.

Partnering with key actors is crucial for the SWP to create impact. Besides relying on its members, the SWP continued to establish and foster collaboration with key stakeholders such as, Development Banks, World Bank and the World Water Council.

Thanks to all members for joining hands towards a water secure world – the diversity of the SWP members makes its strength and wealth!

Olga Darazs & Thomas Zeller | SWP Co-Chairs

Call for Water Experts

Experts in organizational development & asset management of water utilities and water tariffs setting

The Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is looking for a Swiss expert in the field of the organizational development and asset management of water utilities, as well as water tariffs setting, who could present Swiss experiences and best practices in this field at the MEG project conference in September 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For any further information and submission of CV, please contact:

Check out the new SWP Youth Strategy

SWP Youth Strategy

First, we have to acknowledge the facts that 40% of the people on earth are below 25 and more than 55% are younger than 35. These figures alone imply to engage these young people in society issues such as sustainable development, especially transversal impacting issues such as water.

Second, we face a moral dilemma: these young people will severely be affected by water scarcity, water pollution and water conflicts and will bear the consequences of current unsustainable water usages. It is our duty ethically to do our best to change the situation and to engage young people now in finding solutions for their future.

Last but not least, young people nowadays are deeply concerned with the environment and the negative or positive impact they can have on other human beings and on earth. They are proactive; they are disruptive; they have innovative ideas and want to test them in practice; they want to be heard and they want to transform society. We benefit from them as agents of change: we would be fool not to take advantage of their dedication and energy for leveraged impact.

For all these reasons, the SWP is determined to support youth engagement in the water sector: enhancing them to choose the water sector for their professional careers and removing obstacles especially at the beginning when they enter the sector. The network is also committed to allow more young voices in decision arena such as the SWP steering board.

This strategy is the first step to support this long-standing commitment and the SWP board will carefully monitor its results.

Olga Darazs, Chair of the Swiss Water Partnership

Read the full SWP Youth Strategy here.