Water Partnership Program

The Water Partnership Program (WPP) is a longstanding partnership among the World Bank and the governments of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Austria. The WPP supports the Bank’s poverty reduction efforts by mainstreaming climate-resilient growth and pragmatic approaches in Water Resources Management and Water Supply and Sanitation in World Bank projects and analytical work. It positions the Bank to respond to demand in any country and in water sub-sector and enables it to bring innovation and leverage investment in water to drive change in global policy dialogue, and to strengthen the results of its projects.

WPP funds activities that strengthen World Bank projects through innovative analytical work, capacity building, innovation and knowledge. It can fund activities in all World Bank client countries and on all water areas, such as Water Resources Management, Water Supply and Sanitation, Irrigation and Drainage, Water for Energy, and Environmental Services. With WPP’s $23.8 million first phase ending June 2012, the World Bank launched Phase II, a bolder and larger effort to help countries become resilient to climate change through better water management and water services.

As of June 2014, WPP, including WET activities, supported $10.2 billion in World Bank lending, of which 28 percent was for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the largest share of WPP funds, followed by 19 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 16 percent in East Asia and the Pacific.

Featured: WPP Annual Report 2013/14: Water Security for All: The Next Wave of Tools


The WPP report, Water Security for All: The Next Wave of Tools outlines Phase II of the program and summarizes its achievements and impact from January 2013 through June 2014.  The report showcases how the WPP enables the Bank’s Water Global Practice to become a knowledge incubator and achieve results across regions in areas calling for immediate action, such as climate change, energy and food security, and urban water management. It also demonstrates how programmatic approaches implemented through global initiatives can help countries to anticipate the future and better prepare for it. 

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Featured: WPP Infographic: Tools for Climate-Smart Water Decisions

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