I.S.W Making sure the use of water goes to everyone



Access to Water

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"Since access to water is a condition for survival, we assert that everyone has the right to water to meet his/her essential needs. Consequently, priority has been given to a billion and a half people who do not have access to potable water."

The aim of all ISW financing and fund management strategies is a maximum decentralization in favor of local partners. ISW has received financing from various international development partners: CIDA, international organizations (UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, development banks etc.), governments, NGOs, research centers (IDRC...), training organizations, investment funds, cities and the private sector. In addition, ISW calls upon local co-financing in collaboration with its local partners and the people involved.

Despite the fact that the United Nation's Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights recognized access to water as a basic human right in November 2002, the situation requires sustained action!


ISW is an international network of organizations involved in sustainable community development and water management. Its partners come from the private/public/para-public and associative sectors.

It was created….New Delhi at the conclusion of

It was created to implement the principles embodied in the Montreal Charter, which was adopted in New Delhi at the conclusion of the United Nations´ Water and Sanitation Decade in 1990.

The International Secretariat for Water's Human Resources are composed of three types of individuals:

  • Members of the Board

  • Associate experts

  • The Secretariat Team

By capitalizing on its experience, ISW can emphasize the value of regional (1)networks and promote their cultural specificity. ISW fosters the following activities:

  • community water management and partnerships with civil society;

  • innovative financing methods for community management;

  • training of interveners in "social engineering";

  • promotion of the equal involvement of women and men and their training in integrated river basin management;

  • integrated management of basic urban infrastructures and access of water and sanitation for all citizens;

  • reinforcement of indigenous leadership;

  • promotion of local know-how and use of appropriate technology;

  • support and promotion of regional alliances for water and sanitation and their introduction into international forums.

(1) By region we understand:

  • an intra-state entity;

  • an inter-state entity;

  • a subcontinental entity.