The EU WOP Programme is a four-year initiative, led by UN-Habitat’s Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) and funded by the European Commission DEVCO. Through the programme, between 250.000 and 450.000 USD is available for 20 to 30 Water Operators' Partnerships (WOPs) projects of 36 months' duration.
WOPs are peer support between two or more water operators, carried out on a not-for-profit basis. Through mentorship, WOPs progressively strengthen beneficiary utilities’ capacity and performance on management, financial and technical levels to implement operational and organizational changes that lead to better and more sustainable services.
New WOPs in which the Lead Partner and the Beneficiary Partner(s) have no previous partnership history or up to, but not exceeding, one year of partnership history.
Recent or ongoing WOPs that build on at least one year of recent partnership history. Such partnership history must have occurred in the last three years.
The Selection Committee shall ensure independence and rigor in the evaluation and selection process, and compatibility with partnership policies and the established objectives of the EU-WOP Programme.
As part of the evaluation process, proposed projects and partners will be vetted to ensure that they comply with the eligibility criteria and UN rules and regulations.
WOP Projects must be compliant with GWOPA’s Code-of-Conduct. Lead Partners and Additional Partners also commit to not enter into commercial contracts with the WOP Beneficiary Partner(s) for at least four years after the end of the WOP.
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