Projects & programmes
SIWI runs a large number of projects, programmes, and platforms across the world. With our unusually diverse expertise, we offer advice on a broad range of water-related issues, sometimes together with other leading organisations and strategic partners.
SIWI is a leading champion of source-to-sea governance and an expert in its implementation. We run pilot projects, generate new knowledge, organize training, and host the Source-to-Sea Platform with like-minded organizations.
Stockholm Water Prize
Stockholm Water Prize awards excellence among scientists and practitioners and celebrates achievements that have changed the world.
World Water Week
World Water Week is the meeting place for everyone who wants to understand how water can help us address the world’s greatest challenges. Starting in 1991, it is now the leading annual conference on global water issues.
Swedish Water House
Swedish Water House is an independent platform for dialogue, innovation, and exploring solutions to pressing global water-related issues. We seek to bridge the gap between science, policy, and practice.
Accountability for Sustainability
The Accountability for Sustainability Programme aims to make water and sanitation services more sustainable through improved governance. It is carried out by SIWI together with UNICEF and UNDP.
The Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management is a network of organizations committed to promoting, implementing, and building expertise on source-to-sea management.
UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility
The UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility helps countries manage their water resources more sustainably.
International Centre for Water Cooperation
The International Centre for Water Cooperation generates and shares knowledge on water cooperation within and between countries. It is hosted by SIWI under the auspices of UNESCO.
Shared Waters Partnership
The Shared Waters Partnership supports transboundary water cooperation in fragile and conflict-affected regions.
Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Stockholm Junior Water Prize is a competition for students aged 15 to 20 who have developed school projects that can solve major water challenges. The competition attracts thousands of entries from almost 40 countries.
Enhancing rainfed agricultural systems in the Zambezi watercourse
How can rainfed agriculture in the Zambezi watercourse contribute to improved food security, creation of jobs, and the building of resilient societies?
Transforming Investment in Africa’s Rainfed Agriculture (TIARA)
How can rainfed agriculture contribute to improved food security and resilient societies in Africa?
Ethiopia water and landscape governance
SIWI works with all stakeholders to strengthen and coordinate Ethiopia’s efforts for a better and more sustainable water governance.
The GO-WATER Programme, or Building Governance Capacity for Improved Water Security, started in 2021 to strengthen the water sector in the Global South.
Responsible Antibiotics Manufacturing Platform (RAMP)
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the world’s greatest health threats emerging from unsustainable practices of antibiotics production. The Responsible Antibiotics Manufacturing Platform, RAMP, seeks to set a new standard for the industry. Through the platform, procurers, regulators, and companies co-create the business case for responsible production of antibiotics.
How can water be used to address the world’s major challenges such as the climate crisis, the protection of our planet and poverty? SIWI’s International Policy team helps global leaders understand the importance of water and its potential to unlock powerful solutions.
Water for resilient landscapes
The Water for Resilient Landscapes programme generates and shares knowledge on the role of water in the landscape.
Locally controlled forest restoration (LoCo FoRest)
LoCoFoRest, is a governance- and market-based training programme to improve capacity in sustainable forest restoration, local livelihoods, and forest ecosystem services.
Sustainable Textile Water Initiative (STWI)
The Sustainable Textile Initiative (STWI) focuses on resource efficiency in the fashion textile industry, to reduce the negative impacts of emissions from energy, chemicals, greenhouse gases and water. The original network consisted of Scandinavian brands and led to impressive gains.
Water and peace
SIWI is a leading expert on water diplomacy and environmental peacebuilding. We generate knowledge, strengthen capacity, convene meetings to share experiences, and facilitate dialogues where water is a catalyst for conflict resolution and peace.
Eastern Nile journalists network
Through the Eastern Nile Journalists Network, reporters can collaborate across borders and expand their knowledge on transboundary water issues.
Women in Water Management in Central Asia and Afghanistan
This programme promotes women water professionals’ participation in decision-making in the water sector and gender mainstreaming in water governance.
The Women in Water Diplomacy network in the Nile
The Women in Water Diplomacy network in the Nile promotes women’s participation in high-level water diplomacy processes. Through the Network, members can share experiences and lessons learned.
City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA)
Supporting cities to take a more resilient approach to water management.
Rural water supply and sanitation information system (SIASAR)
Providing support to rural water and sanitation services through the Rural Water and Sanitation Information System (SIASAR).
Decentralized water treatment systems (DEWATS)
Supporting Laos in the development of small-scale infrastructure water supply systems and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS).
WASH international policy
Working to support countries in ensuring resilient and sustainable water and sanitation services for citizens, by influencing policy debates and processes.
Water integrity work in Latin America
Supporting integrity in the water and sanitation sector in Latin America.
Sanitation in public spaces
Evaluating sanitation in public spaces in LAC with a human rights-based approach.
Regional public good from COVID-19 to resilience
Ensuring access to safe water, sanitation, and adequate hygiene services in the face of a crisis.
Community of practice on water and open government
Tackling the world's water challenges through an open government approach.
Governance, accountability and learning for water sustainability (GoAL-WaterS)
Sustainable planning, use and protection of water resources through better water governance.
Design and accountability for source-to-sea action on plastic
Building on experience from other recent source-to-sea projects, the Design and Accountability for Source-to-Sea Action on Plastic project promotes a holistic approach to addressing the problem of plastics polluting our waterways and oceans.
Global textile research
Investigating the water-related human rights-responsibilities of the textile industry.
Foundations for source-to-sea management
This completed project established the foundations for source-to-sea management in two locations, expanded practical guidance, methods and tools through pilot testing the source-to-sea approach and captured and disseminated results and learning nationally, regionally, and globally.
Source-to-sea framework for marine litter prevention
The source-to-sea framework for marine litter prevention takes a holistic view of the sources of and solutions to the problem of marine litter. It provides a framework for preventing marine litter based on the source-to-sea approach.
Nature insurance value: assessment and demonstration (NAIAD)
Involving the insurance sector in nature-based solutions.
Unlocking the potential of groundwater for the poor in sub-Saharan Africa
Studying groundwater dependency in rapidly growing, mixed peri-urban areas in Africa.