The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) works with developing country governments to improve water access and sanitation at national and local levels. Support is provided both through financial aid and through technical advice and assistance. The website features case studies documenting the impact of programs and initiatives on the lives of people and the well-being of communities.
In the face of increasing water scarcity and the dominance of agricultural water use, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is a UN agency that seeks to enhance global agricultural performance while promoting the sustainability of water use for food production. FAO’s website includes a database of software packages and interactive maps detailing the intersection of water, poverty, agriculture, and climate change.
UNESCO’s portal serves as an interactive point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related organizations, governmental bodies and NGOs. Visit the site for links to a UNESCO-sponsored Water Channel, international water-related research centers, a bi-monthly water e-newsletter, a searchable water publication database, and an events calendar.
UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene website includes news articles, statistics, downloadable publications, stories from the field, country-specific water fact sheets, and theme-based topic pages.
UN-Water is an inter-agency site focused on providing flagship publications, policy briefs, thematic papers and reports, documents on water governance, and vital statistics on the water sector. The site aims to build a knowledge base on water issues, as well as create a platform for system-wide discussions that identify challenges in global water management and solutions to the global water crisis.
U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Government approach the global water crisis through an Integrated Water Resource Management approach. USAID’s website includes a guide to the diverse threads of U.S. Government water sector efforts; research about the state of the global water crisis; a bank of technical publications that supports USAID’s work in the water sector; success stories of water programs; and links to USAID’s partners and allies in the sector.
The WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation website is a resource for decision makers, researchers, and civil society at large to learn about the JMP’s activities, the status of water supply and sanitation coverage, and its importance for health and well-being. Also included are detailed statistics about the use of water and sanitation facilities at the global, regional, and country-level.
The World Bank seeks to manage water and land in a more integrated way to ensure access to clean drinking water, reduce water pollution, protect biodiversity, control flooding, and improve food security. Visit the site for water sector news and events, a database of publications, and a free, comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe.
The World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program works directly with local and national governments in 25 countries to effect the regulatory and structural changes needed for broad water and sanitation sector reform. The organization places a strong emphasis on capacity-building and the dissemination of best practices. The website includes a library of reports, news stories and WASH sector events.
World Health Organization’s Water, Sanitation and Health program aims to reduce water- and waste-related disease and optimize the health benefits of sustainable water and waste management. WHO’s site provides thematic research, links, and publications on topics including drinking water quality, wastewater use, and water-related disease, among others.