Water Partnership Unites Government Agencies and NGOs

Friday, March 23, 2012

On March 21, the State Department Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs released a fact sheet detailing the establishment of the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP). The USWP is a U.S.-based public-private partnership established to unite American expertise, knowledge, and resources to address water challenges around the world.

The USWP includes U.S. federal government agencies, state and local government agencies, NGOs, private sector, and academic and scientific institutions. The mission of USWP is twofold – to share U.S. knowledge, leverage and mobilize resources, and facilitate cross-sector partnerships in order to scale up innovative solutions, especially in the developing world where needs are greatest; and, to create new opportunities for international engagement for a broad spectrum of U.S. entities, including private sector innovators.

USWP has three core functions:
1. Access to knowledge – synthesize and manage the wealth of U.S. information through readily accessible, centralized physical and web-based network tools, and provide a central platform for knowledge sharing;
2. Technical assistance and training – build capacity to understand U.S. information and develop recipient-led solutions;
3. Partnership development – facilitate and build “best of the U.S. collaborations and expert teams to provide integrated solutions and rapid response to address significant international challenges.

For more information about the U.S. Water Partnership, please follow the link below.
U.S. Water Partnership, Department of State

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