Young People as Agents of Change in the Water Sector

Young people and their innovative ideas play an important role in addressing some of the largest water challenges. SDC supports the Young Water Fellowship Programme that builds the capacities of young water entrepreneurs, provides technical as well as financial support to implement their ideas and engages with stakeholders and decision-makers to exchange knowledge and create an enabling environment for young people willing to be engaged in the water sector.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Politica del settore idrico
Approvvigionamento idrico
Politica dell'istruzione
Igieniche d'aqua
01.01.2018 - 30.04.2021
CHF 720'000
Contesto Young people represent around half of the world’s population living mostly in developing countries. Even though they are often the primary victims of the local and global water related challenges, they are not yet an integral part of efforts to develop adequate solutions and are traditionally excluded from decision-making processes.  However, young people have the potential to develop innovative and disruptive solutions to address these challenges.  Thus, involving young people in the water sector, promoting their ideas and creating an enabling policy and business environment for them is vital to achieve universal access to water and sanitation as well as sustainable use and governance of water resources.
Obiettivi Young people are empowered and largely recognized as agents of change in the water sector, contributing to sustainable water resources management and universal access to safe and affordable water and sanitation services in vulnerable communities.
Gruppi target The main target groups are:
- young people between 18-30 years old from low and middle-income countries with innovative entrepreneurial  initiatives
- the marginalised and poor in the communities benefit from the improved services provided by the start-ups  
Effetti a medio termine Outcome 1: Young people are attracted to the water sector and effectively offer sustainable solutions to increase access to safe water and sanitation services as well as sustainable water resources management in disadvantaged communities.

Outcome 2: The policy and business environment at various levels enable young people in the water sector to effectively provide solutions to water-related challenges.

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Global awareness campaign and call for applications for entrepreneurial water and sanitation initiatives that attracts young people to the water sector;
  • Provision of trainings and capacity building measures for young entrepreneurs in social business, integrated water resources management (IWRM), water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and human rights to water and sanitation;
  • Establishment of a seed-funding mechanism for financing start-ups;
  • Ongoing coaching and mentorship mechanism for young entrepreneurs;
  • Creation of synergies and knowledge exchange with organizations of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and other stakeholders in the water sector;
  • Improved policies and programmes for young people in the water sector;
  • Increased participation of young leadership in decision-making processes.

Risultati fasi precedenti:   The analysis of the Global Programme Water’s (GPW) portfolio performed during the opening credit phase shows that the GPW already supports a wide range of education, capacity-building and advocacy initiatives and projects involving and empowering young people. For this reason and as a result of a comprehensive mapping process of existing initiatives, a programme was selected that specifically focuses on attracting young people to the water sector, fostering their innovative capacity and engaging with relevant stakeholders and policy-makers with the aim to enhance an environment that is conducive for young people.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Settore privato straniero Nord
  • Settore privato svizzero

Altri partner
- Young Water Solutions
- Tender or strategic partnership for policy component will be launched in 2019
Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori - Actors : Cewas, Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Secretariat for Water (ISW), Water Youth Network, GoodPlanet Belgium, World Water Council Youth Delegates, International Water Association Emerging Leaders, Ashoka, WEF Global Shapers and Waterlution
- Projects : Blue Peace Middle East (cewas Start-Up Programme supported by SDC), Youth for Water & Climate Initiative (GWP, ISW)
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   720'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   545'471 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget Svizzera CHF  17'610 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF  1'420'000
Fasi del progetto Fase 99 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2027   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.01.2018 - 30.04.2021   (Fase in corso)