In the Asia-Pacific region, GWOPA has been working in close cooperation with WaterLinks, a regional platform of water services operators, practitioners and development partners that supports Water Operator Partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region.
Established in 2008, WaterLinks is a fully independent, non-profit organization. Principal WaterLinks activities are:
- WOPs support and facilitation (over 70 WOPs to date);
- Regional capacity building program development (e.g. training, toolkits, manuals, studies); and
- Knowledge management and networking.
GWOPA collaborates with Waterlinks to facilitate WOPs and develop thematic materials.
In the Pacific region, GWOPA has been working in collaboration with the Pacific Water and Waste Association (PWWA) to respond to demand by the water and sanitation utilities of these small island developing states for increased regional exchange and cooperation.
The platform was launched in September 2010 at the Pacific Water Conference in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The platform’s secretariat is hosted by PWWA, the regional association of organisations operating in the water and wastewater sectors whose mission is the delivery of quality water-related services that enhance the wellbeing of people throughout the region.
In South Asia, GWOPA has supported the establishment of P-WON, the national WOP platform in Pakistan. The network of urban water supply and sanitation service providers in Pakistan have been entrusted with the mandate to extend water and sanitation services to all. P-WON will support Pakistan’s utilities, as well as other WSS operators, in their efforts to achieve universal watsan coverage throughout Pakistan. UN-HABITAT Pakistan, in collaboration with GWOPA and the Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia (WSP-SA), supports the secretariat of P-WON which is based in the Government of Punjab’s Planning and Development Department Urban Unit.
The Indonesian national platform for WOPs is PERPAMSI, an independent national water supply association founded in 1972. The initiative of its establishment came from the leaders of 54 existing Indonesian water utilities at the time. As of 2016, PERPAMSI’s members have reached 428 entities, most of which are members are public water utilities belonging to the local/regional governments.
The main role of PERPAMSI is to assist the government of Indonesia and support capacity development of its members in providing better services to customers. Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) are a tool used by PERPAMSI to support its members’ performance improvement. As a WOP facilitator, PERPAMSI helps its utility members help one another in building their capacity based on the spirit of solidarity, having organized 34 national WOPs as of 2016.
The national board of PERPAMSI consists of a chairman, elected every four years by the representatives of all utility members in a general assembly, a vice chairman, a secretary general, and 10 board members. Its national secretariat is in Jakarta, led by an Executive Director. PERPAMSI has a regional board office almost in every province. The source of finance to run its organization mainly comes from membership fees.