Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership Describes Water Crisis Solutions

22 Nov 2020 by Staff - Water Diplomat
WASHINGTON, United States

The 2020 Annual Report of the Global Water Security Partnership (GWSP) describes activities and impacts achieved for the twelve months through June 2020.

The partnership acknowledges that COVID-19 had a significant impact on its activities and that resources were redirected to helping partners contend with both short- and long-term effects of the pandemic from March 2020. At the same time GWSP continued its efforts to deliver to Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation for all, and to tackle the effects of climate change throughout its networks.

Launched in 2017 as an international partnership, offers GWSP client countries, other development partners and World Bank staff with global knowledge, innovations and country-level technical support to assist in meeting targets related to water and sanitation under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, SDG 6.

GWSP worked with over 400 partners around the world, including academia, civil society organizations, development agencies, multilateral organizations, the private sector, governments, service providers, and the World Bank Group.Given the stresses placed on all resources since the beginning of 2020, the report, launched 16 November, identifies and showcases the effectiveness of the GWSP model: country-based solutions founded in ambition and innovation that respond directly to the impacts of these crises.

The GWSP portfolio contributes to focuses on five priority themes: sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing, and resilience. The portfolio covers 150 ongoing lending projects that utilised support from GWSP’s long-term country engagement, and just-in-time technical support.

Key highlights include:

  • 11.4 million people with access to an improved water source (5.5 million are female)
  • 8,994 tons/year of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) pollution loads removed by treatment plants
  • 1 million hectares of land with new or improved irrigation services
  • 3 million farmers adopted improved agricultural technology (900,000 are female)
  • 2.2 million people in areas covered by water risk mitigation measures

With respect to its priority themes, the GWSP confirms these successes:

  • Sustainability: support for more than 44 water institutions across 23 countries to sustain water resources and build sustainable infrastructure assets.
  • Inclusion: assistance in designing 46 policies or strategies in 26 countries to enhance social inclusion.
  • Institutions: technical assistance to 37 countries on policies, strategies, and regulatory frameworks to strengthen the institutional environment for improved water resource management and water service delivery.
  • Financing: support for 25 countries to improve financial viability and creditworthiness.
  • Resilience: funding deployed in 32 countries to build resilience in water resource management or service delivery.

World Bank Global Director of the Water GP Jennifer Sara has added her comments:

“Over the past 12 months, GWSP has consistently risen to meet challenges. I am confident that this partnership will continue to play a key role in the global recovery and remain a vital asset as we chart a course towards a healthy and water-secure world for all.”