About WGI

The OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI) is a multi-stakeholder network of 100+ experts, policymakers and practitioners from public, private and civil society sectors gathering twice a year in a Policy Forum. It is an international forum that provides a consultation mechanism and stakeholder platform to address water governance issues, where mutual learning and experience-sharing can take place and where useful water governance practices can be identified and scaled up.

The WGI operates according to a three-tier structure, including the Secretariat, the Chair and the Steering Committee, and working in close co-operation and co-ordination with the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC).



Water Governance Initiative Steering Committee visual


Chair of the WGI

Member of the National Assembly of France

Former French Minister for Ecological Transition

Barbara brings 20 years of experience in environmental and climate-related policy. She has been a Member of Parliament for the 2nd district of the Somme in the National Assembly of France since 2012, where she assumed various responsibilities, notably as Head of the Sustainable Development Commission and Co-Chair of the Green Party. She was appointed Secretary of State for Biodiversity in 2016 and Minister for Ecological Transition with a large portfolio (including water, climate and energy, among others) in 2020. Within the government, she led the Biodiversity and Nature Bill (2016) and the Climate and Resilience Bill (2021). She represented France in multilateral fora at ministerial level, including at COPs, One Planet Summits, as well as among UN bodies and the OECD. As President of the Council of the European Union for the Energy and Environment Councils, she drove negotiations towards the European Green Deal.


Steering committee

Aquae Foundation

Fundación Aquae based in Spain supports education, social innovation and the dissemination of knowledge, towards a sustainable model that respects the environment, biodiversity and equitable development of people.

Steering Committee member: Juan Antonio Guijarro, Director of institutional relations, public policy and alliance development.

Aquae Fundacion website


Association Scientifique et Technique pour l’Eau et l’Environnement (ASTEE) is a French association of nearly 4 000 members, dealing with drinking water, sanitation, ecological management of water resources and aquatic environments.

Steering Committee member: Pierre-Alain Roche, Honorary President.

ASTEE website


International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO) brings together representatives from basin organisations, governmental administrations in charge of water and cooperation agencies.

Steering Committee member: Eric Tardieu, Executive Director.

INBO website


International Office for Water (OIEau) is a non-profit association aiming to develop skills for better water management in France, Europe and worldwide.

Steering Committee member: Christophe Brachet, Deputy General Manager

OIEau website


Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a not-for-profit institute with a wide range of expertise in water governance – from sanitation and water resources management to water diplomacy.

Steering Committee member: Alejandro Jimenez, Director Water and Sanitation.

SIWI Website


SUEZ is a global water operator working in 5 continents worldwide on water, sanitation, waste collection and recovery.

Steering Committee member: Joannie Leclerc, Dialogue and Societal Impact Director

SUEZ website

Transparency International

Transparency International (TI) is a global movement working in over 100 countries to end the injustice of corruption.

Steering Committee member: Donal O’Leary, Senior Advisor.

Transparency International website

UCLG Africa

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Africa is an umbrella organisation representative of local governments in Africa promoting decentralisation to sustainably improve public governance.

Steering Committee member: Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary-General.

UCLG Website

Water Research Commission

The Water Research Commission is a water knowledge hub supporting innovative water solutions through science and technology to inform decision-making in South Africa, Africa.

Steering Committee member: Jennifer Molwantwa, Chief Executive officer.

Water Research Commission website


Water Integrity Network (WIN) is an independed Association founded by IRC, SIWI, Swedish Water House, Transparency International and the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme in 2006 to respond to increasing concerns among water and anti-corruption stakeholders regarding the impact of corruption in the water sector.

Steering Committee member: Barbara Schreiner, Executive Director.

WIN website


The Water Youth Network (WYN) is a global and inclusive network operating as a platform to support the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes and to facilitate the adoption of youth-friendly policies in the water sector.

Steering Committee member: Sophie Erfurth, Committee Member of the Water Governance Group.

WYN website

Members of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

  • Action Against Hunger (ACF)
  • African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation (ANEW)
  • African Development Bank Group (AFDB)
  • AgroParisTech
  • Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)
  • Aqua Publica Europea
  • AquaFed
  • Arup
  • Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS)
  • Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (AACT)
  • Butterfly Effect
  • Cap-Net UNDP
  • Deltares
  • Dutch Water Authorities (UVW)
  • Eau de Paris
  • Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, Hungary
  • EurEau
  • Expert, Avik Mondal
  • Expert, Dirk Van der Stede
  • Expert, Ian Barker
  • Expert, Peter Gammeltoft
  • Flanders Knowledge Center Water (Vlakwa/Vito)
  • Forest Trends Association
  • French Development Agency (AFD)
  • French Water Partnership
  • French Water Private Operators Federation (FP2E)
  • Fundación Aquae
  • General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design (GIWP)
  • German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
  • Global Judicial Institute on the Environment
  • Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)
  • Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
  • International Association for Water Law (AIDA)
  • International Groundwater Resources Assessment Center (IGRAC)
  • International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO)
  • International Office for Water (OIEau)
  • International Research Centre for Environment and Development (CIRED)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
  • Israeli Water Authority
  • Japan Water Forum
  • Jucar River Basin Organisation, Spain
  • Let’s Talk About Water (LTAW)
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, United States
  • Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
  • Mediterranean Institute for Water (IME)
  • Minerva Water Governance for Climate Resilience
  • Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Water Directorate, Spain
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Austria
  • Ministry of Ecological Transition, France
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
  • Ministry of Environment, Chile
  • Ministry of Environment, Estonia
  • Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests, Romania
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
  • Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Environment Department, Luxembourg
  • Ministry of the Environment, Finland
  • National Water and Sanitation Agency (ANA), Brazil
  • National Water and Sanitation Agency (ANA), Peru
  • Nordic Innovation
  • Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Office of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM)
  • Open University, United Kingdom
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Portuguese Association of Water and Wastewater Services (APDA)
  • Portuguese Regulatory Authority of Water and Waste Services (ERSAR)
  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)
  • Scientific and Technical Association for Water and the Environment (ASTEE)
  • Slovenian Water Agency
  • South African Water Research Commission (WRC)
  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • SUEZ
  • The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Transparency International (TI)
  • Turkish Water Institute (SUEN)
  • UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
  • UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
  • Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
  • United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • United Cities and Local Governments Africa (UCLG Africa)
  • University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (UAWRRC)
  • University of Buenos Aires, Centre for Transdisciplinary Water Studies (CETA), Argentina
  • University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences, United States
  • University of Dortmund, Germany
  • University of Dundee, United Kingdom
  • University of Glasgow, Centre for Water Policy, Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (IES), United Kingdom
  • University of Lisbon, Civil Engineering Research for Inovation and Sustanability (CERIS)
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW), Global Water Institute, United Kingdom
  • University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sorbonne Economy Centre (CES), France
  • University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • UN-Water
  • Veolia
  • Vlakwa/VITO - Flanders Knowledge Center Water
  • Water and Energy of Porto, Portugal
  • Water Integrity Network (WIN)
  • Water Solidarity Program (pS-Eau)
  • Water Youth Network (WYN)
  • Waterpreneurs
  • Women for Water Partnership (WfWP)
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Water Council