Kick-off ‘WaterWorX’: signing Letter of Intent

Monday, October 30th, 2017

WaterWorX gives 10 million people sustainable access to clean drinking water

Today was the kick-off of the Dutch WaterWorX program: a unique international collaboration between all ten Dutch drinking water companies, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 23 local partner water companies from Asia, Africa and South America. The kick-off took place during the Amsterdam International Water Week 2017 (AIWW) with the signing of the Letter of Intent on long-term cooperation until 2030 by a delegation international and local water companies. With WaterWorX, Dutch drinking water companies want to make a significant contribution to UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 by providing ten million people with sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Africa, Asia and South America by 2030.

23 projects in 17 countries
With this kick-off, the inception phase ends and 23 projects – 15 projects of VEI – start officially in 17 countries in Asia, Africa and South America. The projects are executed to strengthen the financial, technical and social sustainability of the local partner water companies. The partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also strengthens the institutional environment of policy and legislation for water companies in a number of countries. In addition, access to financing of investments in water infrastructure is improved by developing investment proposals and entering into relationships with domestic and international financial institutions and banks. As a result, 10 million people, of whom 25% poor, will have sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities by 2030.

Today, the official kick-off of the projects took place at Waternet’s headquarters in Amsterdam. During this kick-off, local drinking water companies, Dutch drinking water companies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs symbolically placed their signature on a globe. Subsequently, 23 local directors headed for the opening of the AIWW in the RAI Amsterdam.

Exchange of knowledge
For a week, in Amsterdam, a unique delegation of board members and other stakeholders of drinking water companies in Asia, Africa, South America and the Netherlands will come together to share and learn from each other. During the meetings, topics are discussed such as climate change, reaching the poorest people, gender and external funding. This delegation also participates in the AIWW conference, in order to engage with more experts.

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