GWP Eastern Africa: Our Background, Mission, Vision, and Core Values

GWP Eastern Africa

GWP Eastern Africa (GWPEA) was constituted in 2003 by stakeholders to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels in the region. It focuses on achieving the vision, mission and strategic goals of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) through approved workplans and budgets.

GWP Eastern Africa is currently composed of nine Country Water Partnerships (Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda) and works with over 200 partners operating in these countries. GWPEA works with these Country Water Partnerships  to address water security issues and environmental challenges such as droughts, floods, food insecurity, climate change, and water insecurity.

In line with GWP global thinking, GWP Eastern Africa and its partners strive to promote the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) ideology in a holistic approach to finding solutions to water insecurity. Most of them have now developed and implemented IWRM plans and related strategies and actions. Alongside the IWRM Plans, Climate Adaptation strategies that seek to address climate related challenges emanating from the water and inter-connected sectors (agriculture, energy, ecosystem, etc).  GWPEA strategy consists for mainstreaming climate adaptation approaches and building resilience of communities within the countries.

 GWPEA highest decision making body is the Regional Consulting Partners meeting (RCP) which represents all partners from all Country Water Partnerships. It has a Regional Steering Committee (RSC) which meets twice in a year to oversee and provide strategic guidance on the implementation of ongoing and future programs. It has a Regional  Secretariat Office hosted at the Nile Basin Initiative in Entebbe, Uganda.


 As a wider network of partners, the fundamental mission of GWPEA is to build alliances and strengthen the institutional capabilities of its members in order to encourage and reinforce the research, expertise and information networks on IWRM. This fits into the overall mission statement of the GWP network that is “to advance integrated water resources management at all levels for sustainable and inclusive growth”


 GWP’s vision is for a “water secure world”. This implies that water is accessible for all productive needs, the socio-economic development of people and ecosystems and minimizes its destructive actions.

 Vision StatementBy 2030, higher levels of water security and climate resilience are achieved by countries of the Eastern Africa and the Grater Horn of Africa, with populations experiencing clear socio-economic and environmental benefits.”

 Core Values

GWP's core values unite the partners and are paramount to pursuing its mission.

The main requirement for membership is that partners agree to adhere to the core values. GWP Partners, and all GWP regional entities, agree to strive for inclusiveness, openness, transparency, accountability, respect, gender sensitivity and solidarity. GWP expects all partners to apply them, bringing together, as needed, as wide a group of stakeholders as possible in fulfillment of its mission.

The values underpin meaningful dialogue among people with different interests and mindsets, and strengthen GWP's neutral stance and credibility. Solidarity is at the heart of GWP's development endeavors and is essential to our commitment to the poor and disadvantaged