he SWPN is a multi-stakeholder partnership working collectively to close a 17% gap between water supply and demand that is anticipated to manifest by the year 2030 in South Africa. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Nestlé co-chair the partnership.
Today the SWPN is a recognised industry leader in multi-stakeholder approaches to water resource management.
This partnership was developed in response to a request by the late Mrs Edna Molewa, MP (South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs) at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos, Switzerland to develop and launch a DWA-WRG(Water Resource Group) partnership at the Forum’s 2011 Africa Summit in Cape Town (4 to 6 May).
The National Water Resources Strategy (2012) formally identifies the SWPN as the key platform to facilitate new forms of partnerships between DWS, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders.
Today the SWPN, hosted by the NEPAD Business Foundation is a recognized industry leader in multi-stakeholder approaches to water resource management and provides a neutral platform for engagement on water issues.
The SWPN convenes stakeholders, carries out participatory problem and opportunity analyses and develops, incubates and scales out projects to improve water security.
The underlying driver of the SWPN is the commitment of the public and private sectors together with civil society to work in partnership to find solutions for South Africa’s water challenges. The SWPN works together with network partners to identify, design, and implement innovative and cost-effective solutions and programmes that address our shared water challenges.
In the ten years since its establishment, the SWPN has established an award- winning partnership model and mobilized resources to undertake joint projects to support the Department of Water and Sanitation to address major water issues. These projects also contribute to reduction of the shared risks impacting the private and civil society sectors.
The SWPN membership has grown from the original five founding partners and Department of Water and Sanitation, to include amongst its partners 12 international organizations, 37 public sector organizations, six financial institutions, ten civil society organizations and 35 private sector members.
The SWPN continues to grow in strength through ongoing commitment to a shared vision between government and private sector investors.
The SWPN vision is to strive to contribute to efficient, equitable and sustainable water supply and access to water for all South Africans through the identification and application of innovative and cost- effective solutions