GWOPA works towards its mission and vision through the following pillars:
WOPs are well-known, widely supported and funded.
To achieve the desired scale-up of the WOPs practice, dedicated effort is needed to raise consciousness about the challenges facing water utilities and the opportunities for addressing them. The WOPs practice needs to become better known and trusted by the relevant technical, financial and political actors, as a cost-effective mechanism for achieving concrete local objectives, such as improving services for customers and financial sustainability, while contributing to the global and aspirational visions embraced by the Declaration on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and Agenda 2030. Governments, financiers and decision-makers must furthermore be encouraged to adopt or implement frameworks, policies and strategies that facilitate or enhance WOP practice.
- Communications aimed to increase awareness and appreciation of WOPs
- Advocating for WOP – and utility friendly positions within international, national and local policies, laws and frameworks
- Mobilizing WOP finance – expand the pool of funds available for the WOPs practice worldwide
Knowledge and Guidance
WOP actors make use of the knowledge products and services produced or co-produced by GWOPA.
GWOPA will continue to produce and disseminate WOP guidance based on WOPs principles and good practice drawn from documented cases. Existing guidelines and tools to facilitate the establishment, implementation and monitoring of effective and inclusive partnerships will be expanded and widely shared in WOP initiatives, in different formats and languages. GWOPA will also develop guidelines to help operators to navigate global commitments, including implementation modalities for achieving the SDGs or realizing the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.
- WOPs documentation, and research – collaborate in the production of research and case studies about WOPs.
- WOPs monitoring – lead the global monitoring, documentation and analysis of the WOPs practice.
- Knowledge and Tools for Effective WOPs – produce and disseminate WOP guidance based on WOPs principles and good practice drawn from documented cases.
GWOPA will carry out its mission as a strong network of actively engaged and coordinated members, partners and platforms, with a robust governance framework
As GWOPA moves away from direct WOP implementation, it will raise its status as a convener, coordinator and catalyzer for the WOPs’ practice.
- Growing Membership – work with its regional and national platforms to consolidate and further expand the global membership.
- Leveraging Partnerships – collaborating with organizations to achieve its strategic objectives.
- WOP Platforms and Programmes – The global network of national and regional platforms, as well as the emerging number of independent WOP programmes, are the operational arm of the GWOPA Strategy.
Global WOPs Congress
The Global WOPs Congress provides a space for Alliance members and partners to share their work and seek synergies.
It brings WOPs practitioners and their partners to the table to discuss about trends and tendencies in WOPs practice as well as wider discussions on the role and importance of capacity development of operators to work towards global goals on water and sanitation.
Utilities, donors, knowledge institutions, labour unions, civil society organizations and public and private water and sanitation operators are all participants in the Global WOPs Congresses. Previous congresses have provided an opportunity to report on trends and tendencies in WOPs practice as well as wider discussions on the role and importance of capacity development of operators to work towards global goals on water and sanitation. Composed of plenary, regional, thematic and parallel session, the congresses provide a space for Alliance members and partners to share their work and seek synergies.