Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP): Annual Report 2020

Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP): Annual Report 2020

Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP): Delivering on solutions to the water crisis

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2020 has been a year like no other. In the early part of the year, the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) was fully focused on achieving progress towards the achievement of SDG 6, which calls for the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. But in March 2020, as the devastating impacts of COVID-19 became painfully clear, GWSP reoriented much of its resources and knowledge towards helping governments battle the short and long-term impacts of COVID-19, while still driving delivery towards SDG 6 and tackling climate change.

That is just one of the key messages from GWSP’s new Annual Report, launched today. The report shows how GWSP has risen to meet the moment, uniquely placed to respond to the concurrent global crises. It showcases the effectiveness of the GWSP model, with country-based solutions founded in ambition and innovation, to respond directly to the impacts of these crises.

With support from GWSP’s long-term country engagement, knowledge into implementation approach and just-in-time technical support, 150 ongoing lending operations in the World Bank water portfolio reported the following results achieved in FY20 influenced by GWSP-funded activities (and the activities funded by its predecessors, the Water & Sanitation Program and the Water Partnership Program):

GWSP Program Manager Joel Kolker explains what makes GWSP’s model so impactful:

“Our research is embedded in our country dialogues, policy advice, capacity building, and lending operations. This year alone, we have supported delivery of over 50 pieces of knowledge work while also influencing US$13 billion in World Bank lending through technical assistance and analytics. This combination of knowledge, technical assistance, analytics - linked to our lending operations - makes GWSP unique in the water sector."

The GWSP portfolio contributes to results across five priority themes: sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing, and resilience. GWSP has delivered in all five areas in the past year:

The report also shows how GWSP worked with over 400 partners around the world, including academia, civil society organizations, development agencies, multilateral organizations, the private sector, governments, service providers, and the World Bank Group. These partnerships provide a global reach which ensures GWSP analytics, knowledge and communications work reaches key stakeholders in a way that works for them, influences policies and practices, and shapes the external debate.

Perhaps GWSP’s achievements and potential is best summed-up by World Bank Global Director of the Water GP Jennifer Sara:

“Over the past 12 months, GWSP has consistently risen to meet challenges. I am confident that this partnership will continue to play a key role in the global recovery and remain a vital asset as we chart a course towards a healthy and water-secure world for all.”