Key Partners

SAWI will promote a collaborative approach wherever this contributes to achieving the overall program objective, and will seek to establish formal partnerships where there a clear benefits from doing so. Any formal partnerships will be focused around the specific river basins. SAWI will specifically work to coordinate and collaborate with relevant activities in the World Bank and with related programs or investments of its donor organizations. For example, SAWI will coordinate with South Asia Water Governance Program funded by DFID and with the South Asia Sustainable Development Investment Strategy funded by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The main partners for the World Bank’s engagement on the four Focus Areas are the Ministries of Water Resources (including their various departments), Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Planning and other relevant line ministries of the riaparian countries involved. The activities to be implemented under this Focus Areas will also benefit from strategic coordination and collaboration with:

  • Development Partners including the Asian Development Bank, DFID, United Nations Development Program, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Australian DFAT, Swiss Development Cooperation, Food and Agriculture Organization, Japan International Cooperation Agency and International Food and Agriculture Fund etc. This will enable SAWI to maintain awareness of related activities and engage with these development partners to ensure complementarity of efforts, enhance mutual learning and leverage potential investments.
  • Research Institutes, International NGOs, and Academia including the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, International Union for Conservation of Nature, International Water Management Institute, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, relevant universities, Institute of Water Modeling, Center for Environment and GIS and Indian Institutes of Technology (particularly IIT-Delhi) etc. This will ensure SAWI builds on other relevant analytical work to address key gaps in knowledge and to identify potential partners during activity implementation.
  • Internal World Bank teams including specialists working in the energy, environment and water resources, climate change and disaster risk management, and agriculture sectors to ensure knowledge exchange, to fill key knowledge gaps and to lead specific pieces of work.