A significant portion of our projects and activities are delivered as part of a programme or initiative, each designed to address and/or better understand a specific issue.

SIWI hosts a number of programmes and initiatives, each with their own focus, mandate and strategic partners.

While their scopes vary, they tend to consist of a combination of scientific research, policy advice, project management, international training or capacity building, and advocacy, in order to provide decision-makers and water users with evidence-based, water wise information.

Launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sida), the Water Governance Facility (WGF) provides strategic water governance support to developing countries. One of its programmes is GoAL WaSH, and aims to accelerate the achievement of the water and sanitation Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) through strategically targeted interventions.

Also designed to support the achievement of the water-related MDGs, the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) is an international political initiative that focuses on the mobilization and coordination of all available EU resources (human and financial). The Africa Working Group (AWG) is one of the regional components of EUWI, and is responsible for implementing the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership on Water Affairs and Sanitation.

The Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) is also implemented by the WGF at SIWI, as well as the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre. It strives to prevent conflict over shared waters by building trust and promoting cooperation.

The International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) is an independent research institute and is the first UNESCO Category II Centre in the world to focus on transboundary water management in connection with peace, conflict and regional development. It is hosted by SIWI and delivered in partnership with the Swedish Government.