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Name Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Logo Image:LogotypeSiwi.gif
Geographic Scope Global
Subject Focus Expertise Water Governance
Contact E-mail: siwi@siwi.org
URL http://www.siwi.org/
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Contents

Mission/Mandate

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy think tank that contributes to international efforts to find solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis. SIWI advocates future-oriented, knowledge-integrated water views in decision making, nationally and internationally, that lead to sustainable use of the world’s water resources and sustainable development of societies.

By creating opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between water experts and decision makers, SIWI creates opportunities for the development of innovative policies and scientifically based solutions to water-related problems. This is necessary in order to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals and the water-related targets which were agreed upon at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, 2002.

SIWI stresses that water is a key to socio-economic development and quality of life, and that through Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), barriers which hinder increased food production, drinking water availability, sanitation coverage, health advances, pollution prevention and poverty reduction can be overcome.

The SIWI also hosts UNDP's Water Governance Facility.

SIWI's work focuses on the following key issues:

SIWI’s mission is to build capacities for improved knowledge, networks and institutional processes for sustainable water resources management in developing countries.

Key Resources

See also complete list of WaterWiki-documented SIWI-Publications

SIWI Statistics

SIWI Statistics - provides a selection of interesting and thought-provoking global and regional statistics and trends in a number of key water-related areas.

Selected publications

  • Planning for Drinking Water and Sanitation in Peri-Urban Areas:A proposed framework for strategic choices for sustainable living (2007) - Safe drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene are fundamental to people’s health, survival, growth and development. Yet, roughly one sixth of the world’s population lacks access to safe water, and around two-fifths lack adequate sanitation. In terms of human suffering and financial loss the costs are enormous. In developing countries, for example, the costs of disease and productivity losses linked to inadequate clean water and sanitation are equivalent to 2% of gross domestic product...
  • Transboundary Water Management as a Regional Public Good:Financing development - an example from the Nile Basin (2007) - This paper focuses on public goods in the context of the Nile Basin. It explores public goods as one justification for soft financing such as grant financing that complements other sources of public and private financing, thus enhancing the financial sustainability of cooperative river-basin management and development projects which provide important public goods.
  • Making Water a Part of Economic Development: The Economic Benefits of Improved Water Management and Services (2005) - Improved water supply and sanitation and water resources management boosts countries’ economic growth and contributes greatly to poverty eradication. Resolving water related challenges requires that the costs for improved water supply and sanitation and water resources management be seen as sound public and private investments and key to a strategy that boosts economies, enables individuals and businesses to explore new income opportunities and provides them with a fair chance to prosper. Simply put, water and related services must be made part of the economic development business.
  • Securing Sanitation: The Compelling Case to Address the Crisis (2005) - Official statistics suggest that somewhere in the order of 2.6 billion people do not have access to “improved” sanitation. Seventy five per cent (1.98 billion) live in Asia, 18% (0.47 billion) in Africa, and 5% (0.13 billion) in Latin America and the Caribbean. The numbers may be even higher and this lack of sanitation at the household is exacerbated when the availability of sanitation in schools is limited as well.


Click Here for SIWI's extensive publications archive.

Work on the Ground

Projects

SIWI projects support clients needs in the area of multi-sector and multi-country water management and development. Through strategic advisory services, applied research, partnership, initiation and implementation of projects and programmes, SIWI supports decision-making processes relating to water and land.

Click here for ongoing projects. These include:

  • Applying Anti-Corruption Actions in the Water Sector (since 2007) which contributes towards improved water governance.
  • Baltic TurnTable Initiative (BTT) - an initiative designed to explore opportunities to address the Baltic Sea’s complex environmental challenges.
  • The Global Public Policy Network

Click Here for completed projects. These include:

  • Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project – Regional Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis

References

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External Resources

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