European WOP Program

Meeting Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) will require strong institutional capacity in the Water and Sanitation sector of developing countries.

European Water Utilities from many EU member states have mobilized commitment and interest from their staff, customers and stakeholders, and allocated their own resources and utility expertise to share with peers to help them realize the SDGs.

The EU-WOP programme, funded by the European Union and managed by GWOPA at UN-Habitat and scheduled to run from 2020 to 2024, leverages the demonstrated capacity of utilities to help one another in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. The initiative will support approximately 20, 3-year-long WOP projects in developing countries. The EU-WOP programme will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, most directly goal 6, to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

The specific outcomes of the programme are:
• Enhanced capacity of the beneficiary water sanitation utilities in the programme
• Improved performance of the beneficiary sanitation and water utilities in the programme
• Increased capacity and commitment for continued effective and inclusive Water Operators’ Partnerships by diverse stakeholders

GWOPA will coordinate, and support a strong response to, an international call for partnerships and the related selection process.  The programme has two funding windows that will make available appx 300,000 Euros for up to 20 WOP projects.