Here are over 45 organizations and partnerships working on water and sanitation issues in multiple countries around the world. Organizations were chosen for this list if they worked in two or more countries globally. Please contact the individual organization for additional questions. [I have not personally vetted all organizations on this list.]
AFRICAN MINISTERS’ COUNCIL ON WATER
The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) was formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and provision of water supply services.
ALTERNATIVE WORLD WATER FORUM
Over 150 organizations (trade unions, water-users’, environmental, humanitarian and altermondialist associations, NGOs from thirty different countries and international networks), in addition to hundreds of people, have already signed the declaration of the participants issued at the conclusion of the Alternative World Water Forum. Please share its ideas, make the declaration widely known, sign it and get others to sign it, so that the current in favour of water as a commons can become overpoweringly strong!
ANN CAMPANA JUDGE FOUNDATION
The Ann Campana Judge Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the ACJF) honors Ann Campana Judge, former Travel Department Head of The National Geographic Society, who was murdered by terrorists on September 11, 2001, just a few months short of her 50th birthday. She was aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon. She was a world traveler, mainly to developing countries, and a great supporter of students and those less fortunate than herself. The ACJF will perpetuate her memory by promoting, undertaking, supporting and funding philanthropic projects in and relating to developing countries, especially those projects focused on water, health and sanitation, and featuring student involvement.
CARE helps communities build and maintain clean water systems and latrines. Both directly and through local organizations, CARE provides training and subsidizes construction, but communities make significant contributions in cash and labor, and pay the cost of operation and maintenance. The goal of these projects is to reduce the health risks of water-related diseases and to increase the earning potential of households by saving time otherwise spent gathering water. Projects also include educating people about good hygiene habits to reduce the risk of illnesses.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
CIRCLE OF BLUE
Circle of Blue is an international network of journalists, scholars and citizens that connects humanity to the global freshwater crisis. A project of the non-profit Pacific Institute, America’s premier water policy think tank, Circle of Blue pioneers communications and information technology with a new model for moving vital issues into the mainstream. It inspires and informs decision making with original reporting, dynamic data spaces and engaging social media.
ClearWater Initiative is a non-governmental charitable organization that strives to provide clean, potable water solutions to populations in need. Within 5 years, ClearWater’s vision is to provide access to potable water to 50,000 people. Within 10 years ClearWater will provide clean water to 250,000 people in need. We also hope to begin offering seed grants for simple, innovative projects in complex humanitarian emergencies shortly. The purpose of these small grants will be to provide seed funding for relief professionals looking to develop projects that will advance technical aspects of international disaster response, with an emphasis on provision of essential services for refugees and internally displaced populations. Grant applications will come on-line as soon as we have sufficient funds to support the program.
DIGDEEP field projects always establish local water councils: groups of 8-10 villagers who care for a new water source. Their input and decision-making ensure each project’s long term sustainability. Here at home, our own Water Council has a similar function. The Water Council is an exclusive group of “venture philanthropists” – quarterly donors that believe so strongly in our life saving mission, that they’re happy to cover our operational costs.
EUROPEAN WATER PARTNERSHIP
The European Water Partnership (EWP) is an independent value based non-profit organization structured as an open and inclusive member association. The EWP harnesses European capacity, helps to coordinate initiatives and activities in international water issues and undertakes worldwide promotion of European expertise related to water. The ultimate goal of the EWP is to elaborate strategies and implement concrete actions to achieve the objectives of the Water Vision for Europe.
FOOD AND WATER WATCH – WATER
Food and Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH – MIDDLE EAST
Founded 1994. Formerly: Ecopeace. Promotes cooperative efforts to to protect the “shared environmental heritage” of the Middle East, focusing particularly on transboundary ecosystems such as the Dead Sea Basin, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Members are groups in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. Affiliated with Friends of the Earth International.
GENDER AND WATER ALLIANCE
The mission of GWA is to promote women’s and men’s equitable access to and management of safe and adequate water, for domestic supply, sanitation, food security and environmental sustainability. GWA believes that equitable access to and control over water is a basic right for all, as well as a critical factor in promoting poverty eradication and sustainability.
GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY
Global Handwashing Day 2010 will revolve around schools and children. On Global Handwashing Day, playgrounds, classrooms, community centers, and the public spaces of towns and cities will be awash with activity to drive handwashing behavior change on a scale never seen before, bringing the critical issue to center stage.
Global Water is an international, non-profit humanitarian organization focused on creating safe water supplies, sanitation facilities and related health programs for rural villagers in developing countries. We believe the lack of safe drinking and agricultural water and lack of access to sanitation facilities are the root causes of disease, hunger and poverty throughout the world today.
GLOBAL WATER CHALLENGE
A committed group of leading organizations has joined forces to catalyze transformational change in the water and sanitation sector through the Global Water Challenge (GWC). The GWC is an initiative to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education to people who lack these basic services. Launched by a diverse coalition of corporations, foundations, and aid organizations, the GWC is a unique partnership to build healthy communities and provide sustainable solutions to ensure the availability of potable water for those in need. The goal of the GWC is to bring safe water and sanitation to millions by identifying and multiplying the solutions that work.
GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP
GWP was founded in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to foster integrated water resource management (IWRM).
GLOBAL GREEN USA
Global Green USA is a national environmental organization addressing three of the greatest challenges facing humanity:
- Stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities.
- Eliminating weapons of mass destruction that threaten lives and the environment.
- Providing clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to clean water.
President Gorbachev founded the organization in order to create a new approach to solving the world’s most pressing environmental challenges by reconnecting humanity to the environment.
H20 FOR LIFE
H20 for Life connects schools in the United States with schools in developing countries to complete WASH (WAter, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in Schools projects. A nonprofit, all-volunteer organization run by teachers, parents, and students, H20 for Life aims to help students build an allegiance to and an understanding of their partner school through curriculum and experiential learning while raising funds for WASH in Schools projects. 100 percent of contributions raised by schools goes directly to partner school projects. All overhead expenses are funded through in-kind donations and grants.
HEALING WATERS INTERNATIONAL
Healing Waters International is a nonprofit organization providing safe water solutions in communities where poverty is compounded by contaminated water.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HYDRO-GEOLOGISTS (IAH)
Founded 1956. Affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences. Promotes international cooperation among groundwater scientists and engineers; encourages exchange of hydrogeological information to advance the science and study of groundwater and aquifers. Has commissions on Groundwater Protection and on Hydrogeology in Developing Nations. Members are individuals and institutions in some 135 countries.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES (IAHS)
Founded 1922. Affiliated with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. “The oldest and foremost international nongovernmental body dealing with hydrology and water resources.” Promotes the study and discussion of scientific aspects of hydrology. Among IAHS’s scientific units are the International Commission on Water Quality (ICWQ) and the International Commission on Water Resources Systems (ICWRS). Members of IAHS are national committees and individual hydrologists in many countries.
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON LARGE DAMS (ICOLD)
Founded 1928. Encourages improvements in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of large dams through research and exchange of information. (Large dams are defined as dams over 15 meters high, of which there are over 36,000 in operation worldwide.) Main activity is a triennial congress. Members are national committees in 80 some countries.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
INTERNATIONAL OFFICE FOR WATER
Formed in 1991 by the merger of 3 groups. Promotes “capacity building for better water management.” Develops exchanges and provides training and other services to European and developing countries in the areas of water resources, wastewater treatment, and prevention of water pollution. Provides the secretariat for the International Network of Basin Organizations, which includes over a hundred groups in some 40 countries. Members of IOWater are organizations in some 25 countries.
International Rivers works to protect rivers and rights, and promote real solutions for meeting water, energy and flood management needs.
INTERNATIONAL WATER AND SANITATION CENTRE (IRC)
Formerly: International Reference Centre for Community Water Supply and Sanitation. Founded 1968. Provides information and documentation services, training, and research and development support to water supply and sanitation projects and programs in developing countries. Governing board includes representatives of UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, and the World Bank. Has partner organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
INTERNATIONAL WATER ASSOCIATION (IWA)
Merger of the International Water Supply Association and the International Association on Water Quality. Promotes the “integrated management of water as the best strategy for securing safe water supplies and adequate sanitation for communities worldwide.” Covers “all aspects of water supply and treatment; wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal; and overall management of water quality and quantity.” Among its specialist groups on sources and effects of pollution are: Environmental Restoration; Eutrophication; Forest Industry; Groundwater; Hazard Assessment and Control of Environmental Contaminants; Landfill Management of Solid Wastes; and Surface Water. In addition, there are specialist groups on various treatment processes, management, and training. Members of IWA are individuals and organizations (agencies, firms, universities, and associations) in some 130 countries.
INTERNATIONAL WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION (IWRA)
Founded 1972. “An interdisciplinary worldwide organization for water managers, scientists, planners, manufacturers, administrators, educators, lawyers, physicians, and others concerned with the future of our water resources.” Members are individuals in over 100 countries.
This is a christian, religious organization. Lifewater does not merely hire staff or consultants to drill wells, fix hand pumps, or transmit information to those in need. Rather, the goal is to train and equip nationals with the skills needed to access, use, and maintain safe water – and pass these skills along to others. Because our partners take ownership in the process, they are empowered to continue the work long after Lifewater volunteers have returned home.
LIVING WATER INTERNATIONAL
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.3 billion in assistance to people in 100 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe and Asia, the agency’s unified global programs employ 3,400 staff worldwide and reach nearly 14.4 million people in more than 35 countries.
THE MILLENNIUM WATER ALLIANCE
These sobering facts inspire the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), a consortium of leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), to strive toward our goal to help 500 million people obtain water and basic sanitation by 2015. Our vision mirrors our belief that no one should die or suffer chronic illness as the result of a water-related disease.
THE WATER TRUST
The Water Trust (TWT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in East Africa. Our mission is to combat disease and poverty in the developing world through sustainable investments in WASH. We have been working in Masindi District, Uganda since our formation in 2008. Note that we changed our name in 2012 from Busoga Trust America.
The Pacific Institute works to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. They conduct interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity—in California, nationally, and internationally.
PURE WATER FOR THE WORLD
Pure Water, a non profit ( 501c3), helps the underserved in developing countries by providing safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education. The goal of Pure Water for the World, Inc. is to prevent children from suffering from water borne diseases that cause pain and misery as a result of consuming contaminated water and improper hygiene habits. We do this by providing sustainable safe drinking water filtration systems, latrines and hygiene education to families and communities in developing countries.
RYAN’S WELL FOUNDATION
The Ryan’s Well Foundation grew from the commitment of one boy, Ryan Hreljac, who learned of the great need for clean and safe water in developing countries in his 1st grade class. With the support of friends, family and the community, Ryan raised enough money to build a well in Africa. In 1999, at age seven, Ryan’s first well was built at Angolo Primary School in northern Uganda. To this day, the well continues to serve the community.
SANITATION AND WATER FOR ALL
Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership between developing countries, donors, multi-lateral agencies, civil society and other development partners working together to achieve universal and sustainable access to sanitation and drinking water, with an immediate focus on achieving the Millennium Development Goals in the most off-track countries. This transparent, accountable and results-oriented framework for action provides a common vision, values and principles that support a vision for everyone in the world to have sustainable access to sanitation and drinking water.
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute that seeks sustainable solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis. SIWI manages projects, synthesises research and publishes findings and recommendations on current and future water, environment, governance and human development issues.
THE WORLD BANK – WATER
Meeting the increasing demands for water services, while managing water in a sustainable way can be a tremendous challenge for many countries. Water services (water supply and sanitation, irrigation and drainage, energy, environmental services) use water to promote growth and development, but water is finite and access to services is not guaranteed if they are not managed properly.
UN-Water strengthens coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation. This includes surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters.
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is established in 2003. It carries out research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. UNESCO-IHE continues the work that began in 1957 when IHE first offered a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering to practising professionals from developing countries.
UNICEF – WASH
UNICEF works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. We sponsor a wide range of activities and work with many partners, including families, communities, governments and like-minded organizations. In emergencies we provide urgent relief to communities and nations threatened by disrupted water supplies and disease. All UNICEF WASH programmes are designed to contribute to the Millennium Development Goal for water and sanitation: to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation.
USAID – ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
USAID’s Environmental Health Team sponsors projects and provides financial support to selected governmental and international organizations to conduct programs and research on environmental health issues.
The Voss Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness of ongoing need in the region. The Voss Foundation aims to help fulfill communities’ water requirements and then focus on the self-improvement of lives and communities once basic water needs are satisfied. We have a particular interest in assisting women and girls who, relieved of the burden of fetching water, have time to devote to education and enterprise.
WASH Advocates is a nonprofit advocacy initiative in Washington DC entirely dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. Our mission is to increase awareness of the global WASH challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world.
Water Advocates is the first US-based nonprofit organization dedicated solely to increasing American support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation.
WaterAid and its partners use practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. We also seek to influence policy at national and international levels.
WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAM
The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. We work directly with client governments at the local and national level in 25 countries through regional offices in Africa, East and South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in, Washington D.C.
Water Collective brings life lasting clean water to developing communities. Through robust solutions and economic empowerment, we keep clean water flowing for years to come.
WATER INTEGRITY NETWORK
The Water Integrity Network (WIN), formed in 2006, aims to fight corruption in the water sector. It stimulates anti-corruption activities in the water sector locally, nationally and globally. It promotes solutions-oriented action and coalition-building between civil society, the private and public sectors, media and governments.
WATER FOR PEOPLE
Water For People helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education programs.
WATERPARTNERS INTERNATIONAL (WATER.ORG)
WaterPartners International is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. Working in partnership with donors and local communities, we have helped thousands of people develop accessible, sustainable, community-level water supplies. WaterPartners not only offers traditional, grant-funded programs, but is also harnessing the power of micro-finance to address the world water crisis.
Since 2001, WaterStep staff members and volunteers have been distributing and installing water treatment systems for use in developing communities. WaterStep seeks to prevent waterborne illness with truly sustainable solutions by training local people, solving problems creatively in the field, and improving developing communities’ self-sufficiency.
WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION COLLABORATIVE COUNCIL
Founded 1990 “through a mandate by the UN General Assembly to maintain the momentum of the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981-1990) . Enhances international “collaboration in the water supply and sanitation sector,” especially regarding services for poor people. Members are some 2,000 professionals from over 140 countries.
WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Founded 1995 through a merger of the Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Industry Council for the Environment, the latter an initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce. “A coalition of some 150 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development, i.e., environmental protection, social equity, and economic growth.” Purposes are “to be the leading business advocate” on issues connected with the environment and sustainable development; participate in policy development; share leading-edge best practices; and contribute to developing countries and nations in transition. Themes are trade and environment; natural resources; innovation and technology; climate and energy; ecoefficiency; sustainability through the market; corporate social responsibility; exploring future global scenarios; and advancing a global compact in which business would embrace a set of core principles on labor standards, human rights, and environmental practices. Members of the Council are companies from some 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. WBCSD has national councils and partner organizations throughout the world.
WORLD COMMISSION ON DAMS
Established in 1998, the WCD was a “focused, independent think tank set up and financed by aid agencies, industry, governments, and NGOs to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly impacts of dams around the world.” It disbanded with issuance of its final report in November 2000, Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making (published by Earthscan, London). From 2001-2003, UNEP conducted a follow-up effort, the Dams and Development Project (DDP).
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION – WATER, SANITATION, AND, HYGIENE
Our aim is the reduction of water- and waste-related disease and the optimization of the health benefits of sustainable water and waste management. Our objectives are to 1) To support the health sector in effectively addressing water- and waste-related disease burden and in engaging others in its reduction, and 2) To assist non-health sectors in understanding and acting on the health impacts of their actions.
WORLD TOILET ORGANIZATION
World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non-profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO is also one of the few organizations to focus on toilets instead of water, which receives more attention and resources under the common subject of sanitation. Founded in 2001 with 15 members, it now has 235 member organizations in 58 countries working towards eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation.
WORLD WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAM – UNESCO
This UN-wide programme seeks to develop the tools and skills needed to achieve a better understanding of those basic processes, management practices and policies that will help improve the supply and quality of global freshwater resources.
WORLD WATER COUNCIL
The “international water policy think tank” created in response to a recommendation of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Mission is to “promote awareness of critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management, and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth.” Activities include policy development; organizing meetings, including a triennial WWC Forum; monitoring the WWC’s World Water Vision; and establishing a World Commission on Water, Peace, and Security. Members of WWC are some 300 organizations in 40 countries.
The Collaborative Council exists under a mandate from the United Nations. It is governed by a multi-stakeholder steering committee elected by the Collaborative Council’s members, combining the authority of the UN with the flexibility of an NGO and the legitimacy of a membership organisation. WSSCC focuses exclusively on those people around the world who currently lack water and sanitation, with all its policies and work aimed only to serve those people. The Collaborative Council has a special interest in sanitation and hygiene and emphasizes the need to view water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as an inseparable trinity for development.