The Water Governance Programme advises governments at all levels on how to design and implement better water policies for better lives. It relies on the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI) and provides guidance through the OECD Principles on Water Governance.

Water in Africa

Read the flyer on the OECD / UCLG-Africa Roundtable of African Mayors for Water Security launched at the 9th World Water Forum and the Highlights.

Read the Action Plan of Mayors, Local and Regional Governments for Water Security in English or French.

OECD Principles on Water Governance

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Indicator Framework



The Principles in practice



Video About the Principles

OECD Principles on Water Governance

The OECD Water Governance Initiative

Plenary meetings

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Capacity Development



Best Practices

Water Governance Projects

Cites for a Blue Economy

Cities are facing growing water-related risks, exacerbated by population growth, rampant urbanisation and climate change. With a projected world population of 9.7 billion by 2050, of which 55% will be urban, demand for water is set to rise by 55% compared to 2000 levels. By then, over 570 low-lying coastal cities could face sea level rise of at least 0.5 metres, threatening over 800 million people. The OECD project Cities for a Blue Economy supports cities to tackle these risks and foster a sustainable blue economy that contributes to economic growth, social well-being and ecosystem preservation. Read the flyer in EnglishFrench, Portuguese and Spanish.

Women in Water

Women and girls are the primary providers, managers, and users of water; however, women make up less than 17% of the water, sanitation, and hygiene labour force in developing economies and a fraction of the policymakers, regulators, management, and technical experts. The OECD is carrying out work on women in water decision-making. Find the flyer here.

Key publications

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