The world is facing a huge water and sanitation challenge. Billions of people still cannot count on contamination-free water and lack sanitation systems that protect them from disease.
Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) worldwide are addressing these challenges.
Find out who are the WOP Projects funded under the EU-WOP Programme, and what they will be doing for the next three years to achieve SDG6 and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation
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 DG INTPA. Through the programme, between USD 250,000 and 450,000 is available for each of the 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.
The projects to be funded under this EU-WOP Programme have been identified through a two-stage application process, supported by a global outreach campaign to support a strong response.
When submissions closed in April 2021, there were an exceptional number of high-quality proposals received. Over 140 projects were submitted in Phase I, out of which 30 were shortlisted to progress to Phase II. After a final thorough independent expert evaluation, 22 EU-WOP Projects were selected to be funded. Thank you sincerely to all submitters.
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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