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Sustainable Water Fund - FDW

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03-12-2021

This facility is closed. You can no longer apply for a subsidy. We are happy to help share relevant information and advice.

The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW) is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) facility that aims to contribute to water safety and water security in developing countries. In 2012, 2014 and 2016-2017, the FDW programme was open for subsidy applications. A total of 42 projects received a subsidy. Projects that started in 2012 and 2014 have been completed or are coming to an end in 2021-2022. The majority of the 2016-2017 projects will continue to be carried out until 2025-2026.

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Would you like to learn more about FDW or one of its projects? Although the facility is closed, we are happy to share relevant information and advice. Please email us and one of our advisors will contact you.

Sustainable Development

FDW contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG 6: clean water and sanitation;
  • SDG 8: decent work and economic growth.

To achieve these goals, we need to cooperate. FDW works together with public-private partnerships between governments, businesses, NGOs and knowledge institutes. All partners contribute to inclusive, sustainable and scalable projects. Since 2012, FDW has granted a subsidy budget of 150 million euros. We have used this budget to support 42 public-private collaboration projects in 24 countries. These projects deal with drinking water and sanitation (WASH), water efficiency in agriculture and integrated water resource management (IWRM). Through PPPs, FDW projects contribute to sustainable economic growth, self-reliance and poverty reduction.

We call upon those working towards SDGs, especially governments, businesses and investors, NGOs and knowledge institutes to further explore joint public-private collaboration in the water domain.

FDW in practice

FDW carries out 42 projects in 24 countries. Let our projects water security and water safety projects in developing countries inspire you. Watch the following videos, or read user stories about our projects via

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    As a key element for life, Water has been on the agenda
    of many policy-makers and practitioners for decades.

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    But climate change,
    growing populations, pandemics

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    and insufficient management of water
    are making issues worse.

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    Water is a fundamental need,
    even more so in this period of coronavirus.

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    YOUSSOUF SIDIBE
    Project Manager Uduma Mali

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    Climate change in this area
    affects us immensely.

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    Apri Susantro Astra
    Project coordinator wetlands international ind

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    It forces us to step up our efforts.

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    To do more, faster, better.

    Intro

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    The Sustainable Water Fund

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    Initiating systemic change, by doing things differently.

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    Global and local water challenges cannot be
    overcome by public involvement alone.

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    We are here to make people understand
    that it is important to pay for water

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    in order to preserve the pumps.

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    Inclusion, innovation and private sector involvement
    are vital factors in any water strategy.

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    But how do you make these
    public-private partnerships in water work?

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    PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

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    Over the last 10 years,
    the Sustainable Water Fund

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    has generated a wealth
    of experience in its implementation.

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    If there is enough water, we will change our life
    in a sustainable way.

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    SEIDO TURA
    FARMER, ETHIOPIA

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    Global water challenges
    need systemic change-

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    SYSTEMIC CHANGE

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    the introduction of new practices into existing structures,
    processes and constant learning.

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    We continue cracking our minds to think
    how best we can make this more sustainable,

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    MARTIN MUCHANGI
    WASH PROGRAMMER DIRECTOR AMREF HEALTH AFRICA, FINISH INK

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    how best we can make it scalable.

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    The Sustainable Water Fund combines public
    and private capacity, finance and resources

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    to explore sustainable,
    high-quality service delivery models

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    CAPACITY, FINANCE & RESOURCES

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    and new water management practices.

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    The fund co-finances projects focused on inclusivity,
    environment and financial sustainability

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    INCLUSIVITY
    ENVIRONMNET
    FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

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    in the areas of drinking water and sanitation,
    water efficiency in agriculture

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    and integrated water resource management.

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    This pump represents great hope,
    for me and many other women in the village.

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    AICHETE COULIBOLY
    CARETAKER UDUMA MALI

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    Now the pump is nearby,
    available every day.

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    From small tech companies to water utilities,
    NGOs and national governments,

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    the fund works with over 40 partnership projects
    in 20 countries,

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    40 PROJECTS
    20 COUNTRIES
    200 PARTNERS

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    involving more than 200 private sector organisations
    and public entities.

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    As the world works together
    to overcome the effects of the global pandemic,

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    solving the world’s water challenges
    is more urgent than ever.

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    With our partners, private and public,
    we are proud to contribute to a better understanding

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    of partnerships and sustainability
    in the global water domain,

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    reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    We empower,

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    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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    and the moment we do the empowerment,
    we leave the other cog moving by itself.

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    The Sustainable Water Fund is a programme
    from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

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    The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    co-finances this programme.

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    Connect with us
    if you are interested in learning more.

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    Because together, we recognise and
    embrace water’s multiple values,

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    MULTIPLE VALUES

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    reconcile its values and build trust.

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    Learn more about The sustainable water fund at
    ENGLISH.RVO.NL

    The Sustainable Water Fund, a programme from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-finances this programme.
    Thank you to all our public and private partners.

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FDW project partner community

Are you an FDW project partner? And would you like to share knowledge and cooperate with other partnerships? The FDW community facilitates cross-learning and information exchange. It is the place to share your knowledge, experience, questions and results with our partnerships and advisors. Please sign up for the FDW PPP community.

FDW COVID-19 support subsidy

The deadline for applications closed on 27 August 2021. You can no longer apply for FDW COVID-19 support.

Communication and using logos

Cooperating partners that publish articles, videos and so on about their projects, can use the Ministry of Foreign Affair's logo. Contact your programme advisor for more information.

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