More specifically, GWOPA members form a global coalition that supports and represents the voice of the water and sanitation operators at the global level, and believes in the power of peer-support to improve lives.
With the principle of solidarity at its core, GWOPA membership unites organizations and individuals from around the world to maximize our collective impact, build awareness of the critical role of utilities, and achieve high-level buy-in for the WOP practice and peer-support approaches.
The main criteria for joining the Alliance is a commitment to increasing sustainable access to water and sanitation, and adoption of GWOPA’s Charter and Principles. Members accept to collaborate in an environment that promotes human rights, equality, tolerance, diversity, transparency and accountability.
GWOPA’s main constituency is Public Water and Sanitation Utilities.
Individual membership is also open to all who have an interest in water and sanitation issues.
● Public Water and sanitation utilities ● Community water and sanitation operators and cooperatives ● Private water and sanitation utilities ● Associations of water and sanitation utilities ● United Nations organizations ● Registered international multi-stakeholder platforms/network organizations ● Development cooperation agencies ● Development finance institutions ● Non-governmental organizations ● Civil society organizations ● Trade Unions ● National and sub-national governments (including Public Asset Holder Companies) ● Research and learning institutions ● and Water and sanitation sector regulators.
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GWOPA is a leading voice within the UN system that explicitly represents utilities and promotes learning partnerships between water and sanitation operators. The Alliance has existed for over ten years and has enabled, facilitated and advocated for WOPs.
The achievements of the past decade have been possible thanks to the active commitment of GWOPA members.
Yes. Although GWOPA’s membership is composed primarily of public water and sanitation utilities, other organizations that support progress towards sustainable access to water and sanitation are valuable, Download the application pack for more details.
Join as an individual: Although GWOPA is mainly an alliance of organisations, you can join as an individual without affiliation to an organisation to show your support. Individual members may include, but are not limited to, retired utility staff, academics and researchers, students, and independent consultants. Individual members often participate actively in GWOPA communication activities and contribute to the communities of practice by bringing their expertise and some use this type of membership as a first step to securing institutional membership. Individual members cannot stand for election to the International Steering Committee or other governing bodies.