Global Water Initiative

Water is the ultimate systems challenge. It is a unique resource that underpins all drivers of growth – be it agricultural production, energy generation, industry or manufacturing. It also connects these sectors into a broader economic system that must balance social development and environmental interests. A decision to allocate more water to any one sector implies that less water will be available for other economic uses, public water supply and other social services, or environmental protection.  

Despite its fundamental role across the economy, water is all too often managed in a fragmented manner, leaving national and regional growth strategies disconnected from insights into available and planned water resources. This results in competition across users, mismanaged trade-offs, disruptions to operations, and under-investment for critical infrastructure.

The Global Water Initiative, as one of the core platforms of within the Center for Global Public Goods, seeks to embed water at the center of economic growth planning. To do so, it supports a range of collaborations to identify and scale up a new generation of public-private collaborations that can accelerate implementation of SDG 6, the dedicated goal on water and sanitation. From elevating the role of disruptive technology, to shifting the way we value water, to driving resilience across supply chains and ecosystems, the Global Water Initiative engages a diverse set of champions to re-energize and re-frame the global dialogue on water security.

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