GWOPA has played the chief role in promoting and coordinating WOPs around the world. WOPs are contributing to the aspirational visions embodied by the Declaration on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Water quality is declining, and water scarcity now affects 40% of the global population. The freshwater ecosystems that sustain water services are under threat, sanitation services and waste water treatment are generally inadequate or inexistent, and many utilities rely on diminishing sources of water. Consumption patterns are aggravating disparities and the potential for conflict around water.

With an estimated 1.7 trillion USD in funding needed to meet only SDG 6.1 and 6.2 by 2030, building the institutional capacity to effectively manage these investments for sustainable public benefit is critical.

The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) is an international network created in 2009 to support water operators through Water Operator’s Partnerships (WOPs), peer support exchanges between two or more water operators, on a not-for-profit basis, with the objective of strengthening their capacity, enhancing their performance and enabling them to provide a better service to more people.

Between 2009 and 2012, GWOPA expanded its global network, helped establish regional and national WOP platforms, engaged major donors and development banks from every region, facilitated the implementation of dozens of WOPs, documented and monitored global WOPs practice and developed WOP guidance material, contributing to a significant rise in global awareness and momentum for WOPs around the world.