Want to Make Change Happen? Read and Learn From the Water ChangeMaker Stories Now!

In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” In that spirit, we are delighted to share the personal journeys from 78 Water ChangeMaker semi-finalists who have changed the world for the better.

The semi-finalist stories highlight important common ingredients, such as the need for infectious enthusiasm and the motivation to work for a cause bigger than oneself. But, they also underline the importance of political buy-in, adequate financial and human resources, good communication, and the establishment of strong and transparent coalitions and partnerships to translate inertia into collective action. Finally, many of the stories demonstrate strong potential for growth: a viral propensity to be replicated and scaled up in other contexts. These elements can all be considered as keys to their success.

We invite you to discover these stories and enter into contact with their authors on the Water ChangeMaker website.

Jury of Thought Leaders

The Water ChangeMakers Jury

In recent weeks, the Water ChangeMaker Awards have been joined by an impressive jury of thought leaders who will be tasked to determine the Top Ten submissions. They include:

Chair: Oyun Sanjaasuren, Director of External Affairs for the Green Climate Fund and Former GWP Chair

Sergio I. Campos G., Chief, Water and Sanitation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank

Norbert Kurilla, Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic 

Scott Michael Moore, University of Pennsylvania and Chair of Stage 1 Jury 

Ravi Narayanan, Chair, Asia Pacific Water Forum 

Madiodio Niasse, Formerly of International Land Coalition and GWP Technical Committee member, Senegal 

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 

Robert Šakić Trogrlić, Vice President of Water Youth Network

Trevor Thompson, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Grenada and GWP’s Chair of Chairs

The results of their deliberations will be announced during GWP’s Network Meeting on 21 October 2020.

Next Steps

We are very excited to see which finalists will emerge for the final stage of the process and which winners will be named at the beginning of next year. But at the same time, there are no losers! All Water ChangeMakers will be invited to continue the journey by exchanging and learning from each other through the communities that will be established. These fresh perspectives will also contribute to the reinvigoration of the GWP Toolbox. There is still much more to come, so stay tuned!

Thanks again to all WaterChangeMakers for sharing your Change Story!