RWSN Executive Partners

RWSN Executive Partners

RWSN is governmed by an Executive Steering Committee that meets twice a year (once face-to-face). These organisation provide financial or in-kind support to the network. Furthermore, World Vision Switzerland has kindly provided financial support to the network since 2012, but has chosen not to join the Executive Steering Committee.  RAIN and RWSN have a strategic partnership to support the uptake rainwater harvesting technology.

RWSN Executive Partners

African Development Bank (AfDB)

AfDB is a member of the RWSN Executive Steering Committee

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries – individually and collectively - in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress. Combating poverty is at the heart of the continent’s efforts to attain sustainable economic growth. To this end, the Bank seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide its regional member countries with technical and financial assistance. | »

Dgroups Foundation

RWSN is a member of Dgroups - the non-proft networking platform for development practitioners

Dgroups vision:

A world where every person is able to contribute constructively to dialogue and decision-making for international development and social justice

Dgroups is an online platform for individuals and organisations working in international development.

It can be explained in different ways:

As a place where individuals and organisations in the development sector can come together and interact with one another
As a place to find groups who are interested in the same topics in international development as you are
As a starting point for fostering groups and communities in international development
As an aggregation of online groups working in the development sector on various issues, or
As a joint initiative of leading international development organisations such as CTA, DFID, FAO, HIVOS, ICCO, IICD and other organisations committed to support Dialogue through Development – see the list of current Dgroups Partners.

Dgroups started in 2002 as a project of Bellanet/IDRC (Canada) in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), OneWorld, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). As the number of partners increased, it was agreed that an independent legal entity was needed to support the initiative.

In 2009, the Dgroups Foundation was established in the Netherlands as a non-profit foundation, which now comprises 15 full Dgroups Partners and 5 Associate Partners.

In March 2014, Dgroups counts 700+ communities, with more than 150.000 registered users. It delivers around 460.000 email messages each day, half of which are exchanged with and within African countries. | »


IRC is a member of the RWSN Executive Steering Committee and leads the Sustainable Services theme

IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, businesses and people around the world to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services. At the heart of its mission is the aim to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

With over 40 years of experience, IRC runs programmes in more than 25 countries and large-scale projects in seven focus countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is supported by a team of over 100 staff across the world. | »

Skat Foundation, Switzerland

Skat Foundation is a member of the RWSN Executive Steering Committee and hosts the RWSN Secretariat and takes the leads on Accelerating Self Supply and Sustainable Groundwater Development

Skat is an independent Swiss organisation working in the fields of development and humanitarian aid. Since 1978, Skat has provided technical expertise, management support, and training to bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and non-governmental organisations.
Skat is committed to the documentation and sharing of its experiences. With this aim, Skat is supporting the Skat Foundation, a Swiss non-profit organisation promoting the sharing of knowledge and experience between partners in the developed and developing world. | »

Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)

SDC is a member of the RWSN Executive Steering Committee

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. | »

The World Bank

The World Bank is a member of the RWSN Executive Steering Committee

The World Bank joined the RWSN Executive Steering Committee in September 2011, and signed the Letter of Common Interest on April 3, 2012. "Safe and sustainable water supply is critical to improves the lives of the rural poor, especially women and girls," said Jose Luis Irigoyen, the World Bank's director for Transport, Water, and Information and Communication Technologies. To learn more about how the World Bank views its partnership with RWSN, click (first link). To view the World Bank's knowledge products on rural water supply, click (second link) | »


UNICEF is a member of the RWSN Executive Steering Committee

UNICEF is the United National Children’s Fund. UNICEF works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. UNICEF sponsors a wide range of activities and work with many partners, including families, communities, governments and like-minded organizations. | »

Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)

(now part of The World Bank Global Water Practice)

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) was a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. It was an active partner with RWSN since 1992 when both were formed. WSP was merged into The World Bank Global Water Practice in 2016. | »


WaterAid is a member of the Excutive Steering Committee and leads on the 'Equality, Non-Discrimination and Inclusion' theme

WaterAid works specifically on the WASH crisis: water, sanitation and hygiene. Our vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.

WaterAid is working to reach 1.1 million people with safe water and 1.9 million with sanitation in South Asia; Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and in the West African countries of Ghana and Nigeria. | »

World Vision

World Vision Switzerland has provided financial support to RWSN since 2012

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

World Vision globally actively promotes manual drilling and accelerating self supply, as part of the Millennium Water Alliance. | »