Networks & Partnerships

Our involvement in regional and local networks add value to many of the Institute’s activities and are essential in linking global knowledge to local sector agendas, and for improving North–South and South–South collaboration. Key partnerships & networks are listed below.

The ADB UNESCO-IHE Knowledge Partnership

In November 2011, a partnership agreement was signed between the Asian Development Bank and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. This partnership, which will initially run for 33 months, will manage a fund of 2.5 million USD, made available from the ADB-administered Netherlands Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility.

The aim of this partnership agreement is to support water operations in ADB's Developing Member Countries (DMCs) by providing expert guidance during project preparation and implementation, and on developing and implementing Education, Training and Capacity Development, to support Knowledge Networking programs and to strengthen regional Knowledge Networking among (DMC) clients, partners and Knowledge hubs.

Visit the ADB UNESCO-IHE knowledge partnership website for more information.

UNESCO-IHE Global Partnership for Water Education and Research

The UNESCO-IHE Global Partnership for Water Education and Research is a global coalition of knowledge centres with the mission to build capacity for the sustainable management of water and environmental resources and delivery of water and sanitation services.

Visit the partnership website for more information.

Support to regional networks

The Institute maintains close working relationships with many regional and local networks that it has helped set up. These networks were born as platforms to transfer scientific and technical expertise, to strengthen the capacity of water professionals and institutions, and to share regional knowledge and solutions.

After years of collaboration, these regional networks have developed into professional communities that encourage joint research, knowledge sharing and the development of sustainable water solutions.

Examples of these networks include WaterNet (Southern Africa), the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN), the Collaborative Knowledge Network Indonesia (CKNet-INA), the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET, Arab region) and the Latin American Water Education and Training Network (LAWETNET, Latin America).

Cooperation with the Dutch water sector

The Institute has a long tradition of collaboration with water sector institutions in the Netherlands. It is a partner in Delft Blue Technology, which brings together the leading research institutions in the area, including Deltares, Delft University of Technology and TNO.

The Institute is a member of the Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE), a joint venture of the environmental research institutes of nine Dutch universities. In addition, the Institute participates in several relevant Dutch and European research networks, including the Boussinesq Center for Hydrology, the Netherlands Centre for River Studies (NCR), and the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK). The Institute works closely with national knowledge centres such as TNO, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Also the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (NMP), and the Association of Water Boards (UVW) are in UNESCO-IHE's network.

The Institute works in collaboration with several (former in-house) partners:

  • The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), to foster multi-stakeholder cooperation in support of development;
  • The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), to improve access to and the use of knowledge in the water and sanitation sector, and building the knowledge-sharing capacity of resource centres; and
  • Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC)

All of these networks play a crucial role in development and implementation of national and international research agendas.