Structure and Governance

Our Governance structure and management is defined by the GWOPA Charter.
The Charter is operationalized through the Code-of-Conduct, which translates the Charter’s principles in operational guidelines for members and partners directly engaged in WOPs implementation


Membership in GWOPA is open to all interested water and sanitation stakeholder organizations and obtained by committing to adhere to GWOPA’s principles and code-of-conduct in the implementation of partnership activities and applying for Membership. Members participate in GWOPA’s General Assemblies and are eligible to run and vote in its International Steering Committee elections. GWOPA holds a General Assembly during the Global WOPs Congress


The GWOPA International Steering Committee (ISC) is the elected body that provides strategic guidance to the GWOPA Secretariat. It helps define direction, review progress and work plans, and provide critical feedback on implementation to ensure GWOPA continues to reflect the views of its member stakeholder groups. Steering Committee members, for their part, act as focal points and advocates for GWOPA within their respective regions and communities of practice.

GWOPA’s current ISC is comprised of a fixed number of representatives from each stakeholder category: public water operators or associations representing different regions, development partners, civil society organizations, labour unions and private operators. Current donors to GWOPA also have a seat on the ISC. The composition of the Steering Committee reflects the geographical and institutional diversity of the Alliance as established in GWOPA’s charter and is chaired by the UN-Habitat Executive Director.


The GWOPA Secretariat is institutionally anchored within UN-Habitat. The Secretariat is responsible for implementing the GWOPA strategy and activities in collaboration with Alliance Partners and Members and in consultation with UN-Habitat and the International Steering Committee. 

The GWOPA Secretariat is hosted at the UN Bonn Campus in Bonn, Germany, thanks to a funding agreement with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

From 2013-2019, GWOPA was based in Barcelona, Spain, with the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) and the City of Barcelona. 


List of members