To bring about universal access to water and sanitation through a democratic governance model that prioritizes win-win collaboration across multiple sectors and integrates social and technological innovations
The Ley de Recursos Hídricos, Usos y Aprovechamiento del Agua (Law on Water Resources and Uses) came into force in Ecuador in August 2014. The new law guarantees the human right of all people to clean, adequate, accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use that is of sufficient quantity, quality, continuity, and coverage. The law prohibits the privatization of water resources and stipulates that they be exclusively managed by public agencies or community organizations.
The Reserva Natural de la Defensa La Calera (La Calera Defense Nature Reserve) is an area covering approximately 33,360 acres located within the Suquía River watershed, near the city of Córdoba, Argentina. The watershed currently provides 60% of the water for the city of La Calera. The reserve serves as a "green lung of native forest" for the city of Córdoba, inhabited by 1.3 million people, by absorbing and regulating precipitation.
Promotion of rural water and sanitation policies, information systems, national registries of community water management organizations, and regional Latin American exchanges.
Development, dissemination, and implementation of the 10-module Programa Unificado de Fortalecimiento de Capacidades (Unified Capacity-Building Program) for community water and sanitation organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Joint work in Argentina, Chile, and Peru as part of the Iniciativa +AGUA (+WATER Initiative) to ensure access to safe water and protect water sources through conservation of watersheds.
Promotion of the membership of community water and sanitation organizations (Organizaciones Comunitarias de Servicios de Agua y Saneamiento - OCSAS) in local and regional associations, capacity-building for community water managers, and recognition of the important contribution this sector makes to development in Latin American and Caribbean countries. A highlight of this alliance was the joint organization of 5 Latin American meetings on community water management.
Joint work since 2014 in Argentina on the “Unidos por el Agua” (“United for Water”) campaign, part of the Sed Cero (Zero Thirst) program, to provide safe water to rural populations. The first phase of the initiative involved the building of 100 cisterns in communities in the Tulumba Norte area in the province of Córdoba.
Sponshorship of a competiton to promote advocacy for improved public policies on a global scale.
Co-investment since 2013 in the work of our ally in the northeast region of Brazil, Articulación Semiárido Brasileño (ASA), to bring potable water to schools that serve more than 6,230 children by building 53 cisterns over the past two years. These children no longer have their instruction interrupted by the long droughts that affect this area.
Investment in solutions to bring access to water to 100,000 families in the South American Chaco.