Established in 2008, WaterLinks is a fully independent, non-profit organization operating across Asia. 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. PWWA is a member of GWOPA’s International Steering Committee Meeting since 2009.
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.
The Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) is a not for profit organization and was established in 1994 to support the Pacific region in meeting all water challenges both at the national and regional level. From voluntary membership that brought together utilities and people dedicated to bringing Pacific water issues to the fore, PWWA grew over time to an established regional organization with its permanent Secretariat established and recognized in 2017, following some dynamic reforms. Its headquarters is in Samoa with 4 full time staff including the Chief Executive Officer.
GOVERNANCE, PARTNERS AND MEMBERS
The longer term goals of the Association as defined in its Constitution:
- To serve as the principal water and wastewater voice of and for the Pacific Island nations and utilities; and
- To develop expertise in the Pacific for the sustainable management of water and wastewater services by shaping a cohesive, proficient and robust water and wastewater sector.
The membership comprises various Pacific water stakeholders including 31 Pacific Island water and wastewater utilities across 21 countries (known as members); international water authorities and associations (known as affiliated members), and private sector equipment and service supply companies, contractors and consultants (known as allied members), and interested individuals.
The Association aspires to achieve these objectives through skill development, by the setting and upholding of standards, through advocacy, by the inclusion and advancement of gender equity in the water and wastewater services sector and by collaboration among the members of the Association and with third parties.
PWWA’s SOURCES OF FUNDING AND DONOR SUPPORT
Modernizing PWWA, building its governance structure and establishing its permanent Secretariat would not have been possible without the tremendous assistance of its partners – the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) and the generous support of the Government of Samoa.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) through its Water Financing Partnership Facility (WFPF) has been unceasingly supporting PWWA with its annual Conference, EXPO and Ministerial Forum. PWWA has had a long and fruitful association and collaboration with ADB
The World Bank has extensively been supporting PWWA with its annual Benchmarking Data Collection which measures the performance of all member utilities of PWWA.
The PWWA benchmarking started in 2010 to contribute to the PWWA vision and mission and attract attention of utilities, development partners, customers and all concerned parties to the water sector of the Pacific Islands. Since 2011 PWWA uses the tools and instruments of the international Benchmarking of Water and Sanitation Utilities of the World Bank (IBNET) to collect data.
2. Capacity Building of Utilities and Governance
Part of PWWA’s role is to coordinate with donors and other institutions a training program or partnerships for our utilities to address gaps that are identified as part of the benchmarking exercise and also its training needs analysis
3. Annual Conference and Expo
This is an annual event for the water and wastewater sector in the Pacific islands bringing together like minded professionals, leaders in water and wastewater in the public and private sector, leaders in the political arena from across the Pacific to share experiences and knowledge, learn from each other and build new relationships. The private sector from around the Pacific and especially from Australia and New Zealand will also have the opportunity to exhibit their products and any emerging technologies at the EXPO and network with representatives of 30 utilities from around the pacific.
4. Young Water Professionals Program
The Young Water Professional (YWP) Program is a flagship program for PWWA and focuses on building leadership skills, mentoring with experts from the region, sharing ideas on resolving emerging issues developing “together” innovative solutions and most importantly promoting and strengthening the roles of gender equality in the sector.
The inaugural Pacific Water Ministers Meeting was convened as part of the 8th Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference in PNG, August 2015. At that meeting, the Ministers as leaders of the region in this critical sector, made the commitments as set out in the PNG Ministerial Communique on the Pacific Water Agenda. The Ministers agreed and committed to lead and champion the Pacific Water Agenda by elevating the water and sanitation challenges faced by our member countries into prominence at the regional and international levels.
In South Asia, GWOPA has supported the establishment of PWON, the national WOP platform in Pakistan.
The network of urban water supply and sanitation service providers in Pakistan has been entrusted with the mandate to help water and sanitation operators to extend services to all. P-WON is supporting Pakistan’s utilities, as well as other WSS Operators, in their efforts to achieve universal watsan coverage throughout Pakistan. Presently, P-WON Secretariat is based in WASA Lahore Head Office building and gathers 13 WASAs from all Pakistani regions.
Through PWON’s network, utilities share their knowledge and experiences with each other. The network is headed by a Chairman and its Secretariat is run by a National Coordinator. The Chairman is elected by members/WSS operators of PWON after three years.
To maximize the effectiveness of the urban water and sanitation utilities to deliver superior services, particularly to the urban poor, such that the SDGs for water and sanitation are achieved.
To foster the development and the improvements of urban W&S services through increased collaboration between utilities, civil society organizations, academia and government for advocacy, learning, networking and support partnerships among local and international peers.
- Provide a platform to W&S member Operators for collective thinking, raising voice on policy issues, efficiency gains, research and actions
- Promote lateral learning amongst W&S Operators and capacity building through twinning & other programs
- Coordinate and Link the P-WON Members with Regional and Global Networks
- Networking on Best Practices and Knowledge Sharing to Improve Members Performance
- Enhance Transparency And Accountability Of Urban Water, Sanitation Operators
To know more about P-WON’s key objectives, please click here.
PWON is active in a various range of activities to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience between its members. The platform arranges exchange visits of various member utilities in other countries for experience and knowledge sharing, provides specific technical information upon requirement of all member utilities on a daily basis. In addition, PWON issues a Newsletter and organizes knowledge exchange sessions between its members during its Steering Committee Meetings.
More information on the structure of the PWON Steering Committee is available here.
Moreover, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Rawalpindi became elected as a member of GWOPA’s Steering Committee during the foundation meeting of the Alliance held from January 29-30th, 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.
- PWON is supported by UNICEF, AFD, JICA, UN-HABITAT, Water Aid, GWOPA and DANIDA.
- Currently, with the support of UNICEF, ACWUA has completed/prepared a long term strategic Plan (2019-2028) for PWON.
- AFD is supporting through EU grant of 12 million for institutional improvement in Water utility in Punjab, Pakistan along with PWON.
- JICA’s support is for Capacity Building (Training) in Punjab WASAs with PWON collaboration.
In recent past the following peer-to-peer knowledge exchange activities have been organized:
1) WASA Faisalabad and WSS Peshawar on complaint management system and revenue collection system knowledge sharing
2) WSS Peshawar and WASA Lahore
The national platform for WOPs in Indonesia is PERPAMSI, an independent water supply association founded in 1972. As of 2019, PERPAMSI’s members have reached 438 water utilities, most of which 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 encourages its members to help one another in building their capacity based on the spirit of solidarity, having organized 59 national WOPs since 2011 as of today.
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 general secretary, a treasurer, and 6 board members. It also has a Supervisory Board. The national secretariat is in Jakarta, led by an Executive Director. PERPAMSI has a regional office almost in every province. The financial source of PERPAMSI mainly comes from membership fees. The national WOPs activities are purely funded from the pockets of PERPAMSI, mentors and mentees, without any external support, to ensure its independence. A national workshop on WOPs is organized by PERPAMSI every two years.
PERPAMSI also facilitates international WOPs for its members. In collaboration with the Australian Water Association, since 2019, PERPAMSI matches three Indonesian water utilities to do WOPs with three Australian water utilities as mentors. This Water Utility Improvement Program (WUIP) using WOPs mechanism is funded by the Australian government.