International WaterCentre

Based at Griffith University, Australia, our mission is to change the way people think about and address complex water management issues. Our vision is a world in which water is managed to support resilient ecosystems and communities, sustainable economies and good human health and wellbeing.

What we do

We develop capacity. Developing the skills and knowledge in individuals, communities and organisations to drive systemic and lasting change. We do this by employing a diverse range of strategies that have integrated approaches to water management at their core, to strengthen the capabilities of individuals, communities and organisations.





Priority water themes

IWM Governance & Finance

IWC advocates for the application of Integrated Water Management (IWM) principles and practices to water governance systems, to enable socio-ecological systems thinking, appropriate use of evidence, and participatory and inclusive governance. Our governance work spans formal and informal governance processes, engaging with the roles of government, civil society, private sector, communities and individuals.

Water Leadership

IWC works to develop the next generation of emerging leaders to foster change in our water governance, management and service delivery systems by building the knowledge, skills, power, networks and confidence they need to effectively drive the social, economic and environmental benefits of the innovation and change required, while avoiding damaging trade-offs and impacts to other regions, sectors or groups of people.

WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) in the Water Cycle

Adapting to climate change, and building resilience to climate and other pressures requires a whole-of-water-cycle approach to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This means managing water’s links with food and energy systems, with industrial and domestic activities, and across catchments, natural and built environments. This systems approach encourages actors to address sustainability of WASH in these complex systems and maximises the flow-on benefits WASH brings to health, livelihoods, educational achievement, ecosystem protection and economic growth.

Water Resilient Communities & Catchments

IWC supports the development of water resilient communities and catchments, where resilience to water-linked hazards, and resilience of water-dependent services, are strengthened. Resilience is required at the level of individuals through to household, community, organisation and city levels, and we work on strengthening this through enhancing capacity for systems that support adaptation, preparation, response and recovery.

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