At the World Water Forum in Morocco in 1997, Dutch organisations and the Dutch Government saw the need for greater collaboration and a stronger united voice in the international arena, and for better collaboration to collectively achieve more as a sector. This led to the establishment of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) foundation (‘Stichting in Dutch) in 1999.
Since then, fostering collaboration in the Dutch water sector in the Netherlands and abroad has remained at the core of NWP’s mission to: facilitate the Dutch Water Sector to solve global water challenges in a societally, just, and environmentally resilient way, while growing its global reach and business success.’
NWP implements programmes that promote cross-sector collaboration and innovation by building coalitions around themes or regions to enhance collective impact; raising the water organisations’ international profile, and joining forces to positively influence policy and jointly contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
NWP maintains strong connections throughout the sector and, through its wide network, can link organisations and individuals in the water sector who may not always find each other in their immediate circles.
NWP’s strength is its wide network and ability to link organisations and individuals in the water sector who may not always find each other in their immediate circles. NWP maintains strong connections throughout the sector spanning:
NWP works with strategic partners and members to fulfill its mission to work worldwide on co-creating future-proof solutions to accelerate impact for a sustainable, water-secure future. We do this through connecting expertise across sectors – primarily the sectors of water, food, and energy – and connecting water and maritime services and their practitioners for integrated action to tackle the global water challenges of the future.
NWP is an independent, non-governmental foundation, registered as such in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. The foundation is managed by the Board, formed by two Directors who lead the vibrant NWP team. A Supervisory Board oversees NWP. The supervisors of NWP's Supervisory Board are Rob Steijn and Dorette Corbey. They contribute to supervising the general affairs of the foundation. The Supervisory Board of NWP is looking for its third and final member. Interested? Read the job description.
An Advisory Board provides NWP overall strategic guidance. The Advisory Board representatives, as required by the NWP Statutes, reflect the broad Dutch water sector. We are proud to benefit from the following members of the Board.
The Board will soon be expanded with representatives of Non-governmental organisations, the Dredging Contractors, and Spatial Planners and Architects.
The NWP Statutes were renewed on 1 January 2023.
NWP is a lean organisation with an agile and proactive team that remains ahead of the curve in addressing global water challenges. We are known for and proud of our quick and professional response to the needs of our members and the water sector. We have teams dedicated to:
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