Contribution to the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) - Solidarity Water Europe (SWE)

The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) supports and empowers civil society and youth to be active, recognized and credible stakeholders in decision-making around water and sanitation. It is recognized for its holistic and participatory approach involving wide networks of partners, including numerous Swiss-based organisations. The contribution aims to strengthen the strategic partnership with ISW in order to remain an efficient and innovative advocate for civil society and youth.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Politique du secteur de l’eau
Conservation des ressources en eau
Diplomatie et sécurité dans le domaine de l'eau
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2023
CHF 1'960'000
Contexte Citizens and young people are heavily and directly affected by the challenges our world is facing, and when it comes to the prospect of a peaceful and sustainable future, they have the most to lose. However, effective civil society involvement, including youth engagement, is challenging because of the disbelief of decision-makers, and institutions being more comfortable doing “business-as-usual”. As the time for actions is pressing, it has never been more important than right know to have a recognized and credible civil society – including youth – with a strong outreach.
Objectifs An active and empowered civil society and youth for water and sanitation induce changes in policy-making, and contribute to sustainable and peaceful water governance for the benefit of all, in particular the disadvantaged.
Groupes cibles Civil society organisations through the Butterfly Effect coalition, Citizens, Youth at global scale and at local level, Disadvantaged, Institutional actors, Decision-makers (including private sector), Authorities at all level (including municipalities).
Effets à moyen terme
  • Civil Society and youth have increased their innovation capacity and knowledge, and are empowered drivers of change.
  • Local voices – including civil society and youth are recognized, credible and have a strong, disruptive outreach in the water sector and beyond.
  • Relevant decision-makers are influenced to integrate a holistic approach for sustainable and peaceful water governance.
  • Vulnerable and disadvantaged have improved their living conditions through water-related field projects in their communities.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Capacity building events and participa-tory tools allow civil society and youth to generate, share and collect knowledge, opportunities and advocacy messages.
  • Local voices are mobilized, unified and actively disseminate disruptive civil soci-ety messages on water issues.
  • ISW-SWE is recognized as catalyst and hub for the youth movement for water.
  • Constructive dialogues & interactions be-tween civil society, decision-makers and influencers result in shared visions for water and concrete engagements.
  • Water-related field projects, including youth-led local actions, are implemented with innovative approaches which aim to be scaled-up.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   In the previous phase (2016-2018), the work of the International Secretariat for Water-Solidarity Water Europe (ISW-SWE) has made a big qualitative jump. It has demonstrated that the consolidation of civil society networks can influence national policies and international frameworks where youth can become drivers of change. It played a crucial role providing support (capacity-building, financial resources), facilitating networks to build capacities to act for water, and was a source of motivation for many young people and civil society leaders. It positioned itself as an international key facilitator of civil society dialogues and empowerment in the water sector and beyond, with a considerable outreach.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Secteur privé suisse

Autres partenaires
Butterfly Effect Coalition, Water Youth Network, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, OECD, EU, Council of Europe, ECOSOC, Montréal International, Government of Québec, INBO, World Water Council, French Water Agencies, Universities, …
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs Blue Peace Movement & Initiatives (Central Asia, Middle East), Global Water Partnership, Geneva Water Hub, UN-Water, Young Water Solutions, UNESCO-IHP, Swiss Water Partnership, Presence Suisse, IUCN…
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   1'960'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   647'144 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF  2'481'420 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF  4'500'000
Phases du projet Phase 8 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2023   (Phase en cours) Phase 6 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 5 01.03.2010 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)