Promoting Water Stewardship 2030

Water stewardship fosters responsible private engagement in water. This programme aims at shaping the collaboration with the private sector for the benefit of society and natural resources. This SDC contribution will promote and institutionalize multi-stakeholder water dialogue by supporting several public-private partnership initiatives. It will facilitate exchange of knowledge leading to changes in practices and behaviours across sectors and stakeholders.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Water resources conservation
Water diplomacy and security
01.03.2018 - 31.12.2020
CHF  5’601’000
Background Increased competition among different water users results in overuse and pollution of surface water and over-abstraction of groundwater, which in turn creates public health risks. By 2030, over 40% of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed river basins. In many countries, water scarcity can pose a significant threat to national security and spur conflict in already instable and fragile regions. As water is a key resource for competing users sustainable water management needs to be addressed in accordance with all and at basin level.
Objectives Water resources are managed sustainably, in particular by responsible private sector, through collective accountability and bottom-up efforts by all water users.
Target groups private sector (global and domestic private sector, notably on SMEs); countries / governments (national and sub-national level), citizens (incl. women and young people), academic sector, civil society,
Medium-term outcomes
  • Global knowledge and analysis on water stewardship is applied in the global dialogue and the global agenda is shaped and clearly influenced by the programme;
  • Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to Action: The private sector is increasingly participating in water management and implementation of SDG 6 and related targets, while transparent and inclusive approaches, including certification, are fostered;
  • Innovative models and approaches through new technologies and actors for the water sector are analyzed and identified to be field-tested at local level;
  • Information and evidence on water-related information and effective action at the basin-level is created and shared among actors for decision-making and policy influencing.

Expected results:  

  • Global Analytical Knowledge Products and Knowledge Exchange Activities;
  • 5 additional multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms at country level (e.g. Africa – Sahel);
  • 20% increase of production sites certified with AWS standard;
  • New models using new technologies (remote sensing, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain) identified and global advisory group established;
  • Water-related performance metrics and set targets for the private sector aligned with basin conditions and public policy objectives.

Results from previous phases:   This is the first phase.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International Financial Institution (IFI)
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other WB
  • Foreign private sector North

Other partners
PA1: Water Resources Group2030; PA2: Alliance for Water Stewardship; PA3: WEF Water Initiative; PA4: CEO Water Mandate.
Coordination with other projects and actors for example, World Bank Water Practice, Earth Security Group, Geneva Water Hub, IWASP-Programme (GIZ / DFID); Water Integrity Network; SuizAgua, UN-Water, IUCN
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    5’601’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    5’427’041 Budget of the organisation CHF    5’600’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   6’455’000