Water Witness International
Water is their planet’s life-giving force. But the water needed to keep them healthy, to produce their food and energy, to support commerce and maintain ecosystems is too often threatened by poor management and short term decision-making which prioritises profits over people and the environment.
Water Witness International is a charity which works to improve the way that rivers, streams, lakes and aquifers in developing countries are managed. They carry out targeted research and advocacy to deepen understanding, share knowledge and ensure accountability to advance a fair, secure and sustainable water future for all.
They believe the answer to the world's water challenges lies in helping people to understand the essential role that water resource management plays in poverty reduction and economic growth.
By working constructively with both those who are most vulnerable and those who have most influence they help to identify and overcome barriers to water security - turning shared water risks into shared opportunities.
With social justice as their core principle, Water Witness works with an international network of partners and advisors to provide independent advice, to carry out investigations and develop innovative solutions to water resource problems.
Roles, values and priorities
Water Witness International has a track record of delivering high value-for-money, cost-effective results. Their core team has grown steadily in response to demand, driven by the recognition their work has gained. They will continue to grow sustainably. To guide their work they will maintain their focus and adherence to the following organisational roles, values and priorities.
Their roles include:
-Research and investigations to spotlight current performance and opportunities for progress
-Innovation to develop and test new ways to tackle water challenges
-Support to water users and managers through advice, guidance and training
-Evaluation to generate evidence and learning about what works and why
-Communication to share knowledge, advocate for change and initiate action
Their values and beliefs include:
-Transformative and sustainable engagement by ensuring local ownership and self-determination
-Social justice for vulnerable people through equitable processes and outcomes
-Transparency within their own work and international aid, and value-for-money for beneficiaries and donors
-Delivery based on rigorous evidence, verifiable claims and highly ethical conduct
-Constructive engagement with partners and stakeholders based on respect, trust and pragmatism
-To target where impacts of poor water resource management are felt most severely
-Focus on where capacity and accountability are weakest and the need for support greatest
-Systemic change to benefit large numbers of people in the long term
-Opportunities to make a difference through working with trusted partners
-Working in developing economies of the global south and in wealthy nations to influence the causes of water insecurity internationallySee more