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Geneva Institute for Water and Health (GIWEH)

The Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH) is a Swiss, non-governmental and non-profit policy-research Institute based in Geneva. It is a dynamic think-tank fostering local and regional cooperation, enhancing technology transfer and capacity building of different stakeholders, and working closely with the most vulnerable groups of society to target the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, we focus on Water, Integrated Water Resources Management, interactions with other Sustainable Development Goals, and Governance – especially in water scarce regions and vulnerable countries.

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What we do

Having identified the maintenance of reliable water supplies and a healthy environment as some of the greatest challenges the planet faces, GIWEH saw the need for a new broad-based, research-centered, interdisciplinary initiative to respond more effectively to this challenge. GIWEH is thus based on the 4 pivotal pillars that are:

  • Cooperation & Integration
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Transparency & Accountability
  • Good Governance & Diplomacy

Altogether, they provide the framework for the successful achievement of projects, especially in vulnerable regions, which require a special focus. The main objective of GIWEH is to promote good practices, in addition to a safe and sustainable environment for vulnerable populations. It is committed to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by focusing especially on Water-related SDGs. It also aspires to develop accurate and relevant indicators that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable, to promote safe and fair water access and management.

In addition, The Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health is not limited to water related-development issues, but includes other cross-cutting areas such as environmental sustainability, women and youth empowerment, food and health, peace-making, and capacity building. GIWEH’s core mission is also to provide a platform for capacity building and training, technology transfer, research, and knowledge dissemination in order to implement strategies related to environmental issues. GIWEH’s capacity building programs target stakeholders at different levels within governments, the corporate sector, civil society, agriculture, and academia.

To achieve its goals, GIWEH is working and collaborating with local, national, and international organizations.

Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management
o Blue Peace & Transboundary water management
o Bottom-up inclusive water resources management
o Water Resources Mapping, Monitoring and Management
o Payment for Ecosystems services & Water footprint

Water Food Energy Nexus
o Dams and Hydro management
o Water/Wastewater to Energy
o Water for Food
o Waste/Wastewater to Food

Water Policy and Governance
o Human Right & Integrity
o Management of public water and sewage utilities

Sustainable and Effective Water Use
o Wastewater treatment & water pollution control
o Water saving technologies (smart meters, cost-effective
desalination)

Where we work

  • Africa: Tunisia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania
  • Middle East: Lebanon, Jordan
  • Europe: Switzerland, Geneva

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