Akvo knowledge institute partners
The organisation: Eawag is a world-leading aquatic research institute. Its research, which is driven by the needs of society, provides the basis for innovative approaches and technologies in the water sector. Through close collaboration with experts from industry, government and professional associations, Eawag plays an important bridging role between theory and practice, allowing new scientific insights to be rapidly implemented.
The partnership: Sandec, the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries of Eawag, has assisted Akvo in the free and open adaptation of its Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, to provide the basis for Akvopedia's sanitation portal.
The organisation: The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute whose diverse Stockholm-based, internationally-oriented programmes and activities contribute to finding sustainable solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis. SIWI manages projects, synthesises research and publishes findings and recommendations on current and future water, environment, governance and human development issues. It is also the organiser of World Water Week, one the water and sanitation development sector's most important annual conferences. SIWI encourages knowledge sharing and networking between the scientific, business, policy and civil society communities, building professional capacity and understanding of the links between water, society, environment and the economy.
The partnership: Today Akvo and SIWI partner to regularly produce WaterCube.tv, a unique event-based video project that has to date brought some 300 video interviews with people working in the water sector. SIWI has been a consistent supporter of Akvo's efforts to promote its vision to the water and sanitation sector, particularly through the medium of Stockholm World Water Week. It has provided generous concessions to enable us to achieve a high profile on the international water stage during our early growth and fundraising phase.
The organisation: The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is an international institute for water education that was established in 2003. It carries out research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. The Institute is the largest water education facility in the world, and the only institution in the UN system authorised to confer accredited MSc degrees.
The partnership: Akvo and UNESCO-IHE are working together to engage the global network of more than 14,000 alumni who today work actively on water and sanitation project around the world. The UNESCO-IHE logo is now featured on water bottles being sold by Earth Water, with all profits being used to fund projects featured on Akvo.org. Our common goals are to use Akvo.org to help alumni match projects with funds and share progress and impact online, and encourage editor contributions to the Akvopedia.