The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) is one of the 13 regional networks of the international network – The Global Water Partnership created in 1996 to foster an integrated approach to water resources management (IWRM). Its vision is for a water secure world. GWP was formally established as an intergovernmental organisation in Sweden in 2002 with over 3,000 Partner organisations in 183 countries, 86 Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) and 13 Regional Water Partnerships including 12 CWPs in SADC. The global secretariat, based in Stockholm, Sweden, provides overall support and coordination to the network.
GWPSA offers practical advice for sustainably managing water resources specifically to 16 countries in the SADC region. GWPSA manages activities and convenes stakeholders in the SADC Region and at Pan-African level to address specific issues on water security and related issues. The network brings about solutions that are both tailored to local conditions and informed by local experiences and good practices from across the continent. The neutral platforms that the network offers allow practitioners and professionals to discuss and analyse the various elements of the IWRM policy related process and facilitates the prioritisation of actions aimed at improving water governance and management, as well as engage with a broader community for the solution of water related problems (such as climate change, urbanisation etc).
Since 2011, GWPSA was mandated to serve as the GWP Coordination Unit (CU) for Africa by providing technical coordination support for Pan-African programmes working closely with lead pan African institutions such as the African Union, African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and African Development Bank (AfDB).
Starting January 2017, GWPSA was mandated to lead the coordination of the GWP global climate change portfolio by providing strategic leadership and guidance on programming for all 13 GWP regions around the world working closely with GWPO.