Water for Basic Needs and Social Cohesion in Syria

Access to water for both domestic and agricultural purposes remains a critical issue in Syria. Water is not only essential to emergency relief; it is also integral to longer-term prospects. Prior to the conflict water supply systems for domestic usages and for irrigation were managed by state services. In areas out of control of the Syrian government, state services have collapsed. while in areas under its control they are often unable to manage water supply networks. Supporting local committees to restore the access to water is not only a response to a critical need, but also a means to strengthen these committees and engage them in negotiating with a more or less wide range of actors (water users, local power structures, economic actors…) to establish viable management systems.

The Jawban and Jalamah station project is part of the Geo Expertise program, in collaboration the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, on water sharing as a means to strengthen Social Cohesion in Syria. The program pays particular attention to the management of water by users (Water User Association).

The Jawban – Jalamah station project (case study) aims at providing safe water to 18,000 persons among which 50% are IDPs. The large majority of IDPs is waiting to return to their home villages. Beyond the repairs of the station, the project as set up two training courses on water management and infrastructure maintenance. Training courses are attended by members of the project and inhabitants of nearby villages. Video.

SWP Youth Projects

Call for Proposals 2020

Are you interested in Water for Development?
Are you between 15 and 30 years old?
Do you have a new and innovative idea that needs seed funding to start?
Is your project going to take place in Switzerland or is it Swiss-related?

Then your project can get a seed grant of up to 1000 CHF !

Applications have closed for this round in 2020. Please revisit in early 2021.


Winners of 2020 Call for Proposals

Four really exciting proposals won the funding grants in this round. We have received proposals from different geographical areas and focused on different approaches about water in developing countries. Below is a brief description of the projects. If you like to support them as team member or project coach, co-sponsor them or look for more information, please get in touch with us.


1. NETWORKSHOPS: Networking events: Link Swiss young water talents to professionals of the Swiss water for development sector.

Project coaching: ETH

SWP organisations involved: ETH, EAWAG


2. HUMAN RIGHTS FEEDBACK PLATFORM: Sensitize and mobilize health workers and patients to know and demand their human rights to water and sanitation through a simple and confidential online feedback platform.

Project coaching: Human Rights 2 Water


3. WATER BOUNDARYLESS CHAIN: Blockchain-based tool to improve transboundary water management and cooperation.

Project coaching: HYCON

SWP organisations involved: Geneva Water HUB



4. THE DROP: When a drop of water mirrors social collapse. Documentary movie on water equality. 

Project coaching: CEWAS-Seecon



Youth-led Water Projects looking for support

Here are other interesting projects that despite the brilliant ideas, did not (yet) seek for financial support from SWP Youth! You can join the project as a team member, become a project coach or/ and co-sponsor these projects. If you like to support them, please get in touch with us, so we can connect you.



1. YOUTH WATER FESTIVAL 2020/2021: A festival to connect the youth to water as a thematic issue, and to the water sector in Switzerland. 



2. MATURA MENTORING: The expertise of the members of the Swiss Water Partnership is available to pupils willing to explore up-to-date water subjects for their Matura or graduation works. Find more information here.

For Youth: See the current list of available subjects here.

For Mentors: Sign up as a mentor here.

Project coaching: Swiss Toilet Organisation



3. TOMORROW STARTS TODAY: A concept of interactive class interventions among 15-18-year-old students on the topic of water in development/humanitarian contexts.



Join our upcoming meetings

You want more information on our activities or want to get to know us better: As a SWP Youth member you will receive an invitation for the next meeting.

The next SWP Youth meeting: 3rd March 2021, 16:00 CET, online. Register here as a member to receive an invitation.

Former meetings: 

  • SWP Youth Meeting – Online, June 2020: Slides
  • Pitching & Financing SWP Youth Initiatives – Online, March 2020
  • Vision and Governance: How do we operate, decide, and communicate? – Online, Nov. 2019
  • SWP Youth | Kick-Off Meeting – Bern, Sep. 2019                                                                                                                              


Start Your Career in Water

Are you looking for a job in water for development?

Do you offer a job for young professionals? Then send a message to Josh.

If you know any other water job portals, you can let us know.


Contact Us

If you have any queries, please reach out to us at swpyouth@gmail.com

What is SWP Youth? Find out here.

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Join the cewas Start-Up Program

Kickstart your own business with the cewas Start-up Programme!

The cewas Start-up Programme supports dedicated entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas for a sustainable development of the water and sanitation sector. cewas is a Swiss-based non-profit competence centre combining expertise in sustainable water, sanitation and resource management with business innovation.

The cewas Start-up Programme consists of 5 modules over the course of 1 year. The face-to-face training will be held from August 13th to September 14th 2018 in Switzerland and Sweden. The training is followed by 9-months remote coaching by renowned international experts. Modules may also be attended individually.

  • Module 1: Define your idea – get inspired and develop your start-up idea
  • Module 2: Develop your business model – define your winning water & sanitation business model
  • Module 3: Sell your idea – test your business idea with real customers
  • Module 4: Develop your business idea – prepare your launch: from marketing to finances, operations and selling
  • Module 5: Launch your business – put your idea into practice

For more information on the start-up programme and prices, please visit www.cewas.org.

Thanks to our partner Swiss Re Foundation, there are 4 fellowships on offer for the entire Start-up Programme (covering programme fees, board and lodging, travel costs). Find more information on the Junior ReSource Fellowship here.

Are you motivated? Then do not hesitate and fill in the online application form until April, 30th 2018. The earlier you apply, the better!

Appui au développement de la petite irrigation au Niger

 Le développement de la petite irrigation est une priorité de la politique agricole. Une vingtaine de programme de coopération porte sur cette thématique. Toutefois, très peu d’information est disponible sur les capacités et besoins des exploitations familiales ainsi que sur le potentiel d‘extension des surfaces irriguées très variable selon les régions.

Le programme en cours a pour but de renforcer les capacités des organisations partenaires à soutenir l’accès à l’irrigation des petites exploitations familiales et à améliorer les techniques de production.

Une série d’enquêtes est menée dans les régions de Maradi et de de Dosso afin de d’analyser les caractéristiques des exploitations familiales, des systèmes de production et des économies familiales.

Le programme a aussi pour objectif de préciser le potentiel d’extension des surfaces irriguées en exploitant l’imagerie satellitaire et les données de terrain issues des enquêtes. Une analyse diachronique permet d’analyser les dynamiques d’expansion depuis le début des années 1990.

L’analyse spatiale est un élément important de localisation et de définition des stratégies d’appui au développement de la petite irrigation et de renforcement des capacités de plaidoyer des organisations paysannes vis-à-vis du ministère de l’Agriculture et des bailleurs de fonds.

Le projet est financé par la Direction du Développement et de la Coopération, est mené par l’Université de Lausanne en collaboration avec Geo Expertise.

Niger FLyer Irrigation

Petite irrigation Dosso Niger

Effects of the conflict in Syria: corps production and water infrastrcuture

Geo Expertise had conducted in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) a campaign of collect geo-referenced data and satellite imagery analysis to assess the state of agriculture in Orontes Basin and North East of Syria. This study has contributed to assess the state of the  agriculture sector and has identified the areas where the security and social condition allow to develop a rehabilitation project(Ar Ruj, Azmarin, Aldousat, …). The project monitired the state of irrigation schemes and assessed rehabilitation needs.



Negotiation of agreements for the rehabilitation and management of shared water supply networks

The Program has documented in north western and central Syria 25 water supply networks crossed by demarcation lines and/or ethno-sectarian territorial limits. The rehabilitation and management of these water networks requires the establishment of a negotiation and mediation process involving all stakeholders. A pilot project is conducted by Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies and Geo Expertise in north western Syria with the support of the Human Security Division of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs.

Rehabilitation and Management of the Ar-Ruj Irrigation Scheme Idlib, Syria

At the request of local institutions and farmers, Geo Expertise completed a rehabilitation assessment of the Al Ruj irrigation scheme (Idlib – Syria) and began implementing the project after securing the required funding from the the Qatar Development Fund trough the Qatar Red Crescent.
The project comprises the rehabilitation of irrigation canals, the repair or replacement of pumps and the installation of two electric generators.
The current phase aims at restoring irrigation on 700 hectares for the production of food crops such as wheat, legumes and vegetables in order to raise the level of food security. It is expected that the production of wheat will be increased by 2,000 tons without over drafting groundwater resources. The project provides employment for farmers, experts, engineers and technicians. It contributes to improving livelihoods and reduces immigration. The number of beneficiaries of the project is estimated at 28,000 comprising 55% children.
To ensure continuity of the project, a local management system was developed based on the establishment of a water user association and a funding plan was designed including the private sector, water users and funding agencies.

The Ar-Ruj rehabilitation and management project was designed and is implemented by Syrian experts, engineers and technicians in collaboration with local institutions and water users. The project demonstrates the capacity of the population and Syrian organizations to take charge of the situation with the support of international agencies.

Rehabilitation irrıgation scheme Ar Ruj – Idlib – Syriaاعادة تاهيل مشروع الري في سهل الروج – ادلب – سورياhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1cH0K-Q7jlGB-1gMCB3twc49N8qswjulT/view?usp=sharing

Gepostet von Geo Expertise am Donnerstag, 21. März 2019



Water Convention Singapore 2018 – Call for Papers!

Apply Now – Water Convention 2018: Call for Papers

The Water Convention, which is the main event at the SIWW, welcomes water practitioners and leaders to share their best practices, strategies and applied technological solutions which address the challenges and provide opportunities under the following domains or themes:

  1. Delivering Water from Source to Tap
  2. Effective and Efficient Wastewater Value Management
  3. Water for Liveability and Resilience
  4. Water Quality and Health

All papers received will be reviewed by the Programme Committee made up of an international panel of renowned water experts. Submissions close on 18 August 2017. Thank you in advance for additionally informing the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) on your submission by sending an Email to: soraya.kohler@swisswaterpartnership.ch. For more information about the event and themes, please visit the following: Water Convention 2018.

About: The biennial SIWW is where leaders as well as practitioners in water management from every corner of the world meet to discuss solutions to the growing water challenges around the globe. For general enquiries on SIWW, contact info@siww.com.sg or visit the official website at www.siww.com.sg.