Cross-cutting Issues

Cross-cutting issues accelerate our efforts to achieve a water wise world and augment the chances of successful outcomes of all the work we do. They are transformative not only for water governance, but for society at large and its aspirations to eradicate poverty, and give our actions additional impact, engagement and sustainability. They are integral parts of our value system.


To improve water for all, everyone’s perspective is needed

A water wise world will not be achieved without the engagement of all members of our global community. As such, we renew our commitment to serving as a knowledge leader to influence water governance platforms at multiple levels (household, community, national and international), to achieve gender equality in water resources management.

We understand that there is no such thing as a gender-neutral engagement. Our commitment to gender equality requires partnerships, resources and diverse capacities.

We will leverage our resources to assess, monitor, and communicate the value of society’s diverse experiences, knowledge, conditions, needs, strengths, vulnerabilities and disparities, as well as access to and the ability to influence decision making forums for men, women, girls, boys, and members of sexual and gender minorities. Increased understanding of the interplay between gender dynamics, other intersecting identity makers, and water governance will ensure more precise, evidence-based policy formulation and decision-making, improving the lives of all members of society.

Wise water management is built on participation, involvement, accountability, non-discrimination, equity, and transparency

With a focus on contributing to universal access to water and sanitation, we work to mainstream human rights by promoting procedural principles that overlap with those of ‘good water governance’: participation and involvement, accountability, non-discrimination and equity, and transparency.

Integration of the human rights-based approach into programmes and projects is supported through capacity building and policy development internally and with project partners. For SIWI, this approach involves due consideration of applicable human rights commitments and obligations, and laws and treaties such as the UN Watercourses Convention.

A water wise tomorrow means empowering future leaders today

In many of our core geographical areas of operations and interest, youth make up more than half of the population. With unique and varied vulnerabilities and needs, as well as opportunities and perspectives, we understand that we will not succeed in creating a water wise world tomorrow without the active engagement of young people today.

As such we commit to supporting engagement, empowerment, and ensuring inclusive opportunities for young people in water governance processes in their communities, as well as in national and international decision-making forums. For young people developing professional capacities in water issues, we commit to maintaining platforms, creating opportunities, and ensuring diverse youth perspectives are broadly represented.

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