Project profile — UNU - Institute for Water, Environment and Health - Institutional Support 2015-2020


UNU-INWEH - United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health (41134)
2015-05-14 - 2020-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (40.00%)
• America, regional (30.00%)
• Asia, regional (30.00%)


• Water sector policy and administrative management:
Water sector policy and administrative management (14010) (15.00%)
Water resources conservation (including data collection) (14015) (20.00%)
Water supply - large systems (14021) (20.00%)
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (25.00%)
River basins' development (14040) (5.00%)
Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (significant objective)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This grant represents Canada's institutional support to the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). UNU-INWEH uses these funds, along with other donors funding, to achieve its mandate. UNU-INWEH’s mandate is to contribute, through capacity development and directed research, to efforts to resolve pressing global water problems that are of concern to the United Nations, its member states and their peoples. UNU-INWEH is an international think-tank on water that aims to improve global water governance in developing countries through applied research and delivery of education and training services. Canada’s support to UNU-INWEH contributes to finding durable solutions to global water problems, with positive impacts on health, food security and nutrition.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes as stated by UNU-INWEH include: (1) improved access to safe drinking water, hygiene, and adequate sanitation, particularly for women and children, in selected countries in Africa; (2) improved food and water security, more nutrition and economic return per drop, in threatened river basins in Asia and Africa; (3) increased deployment of innovative business models for safe and productive use of wastewater in key countries of Sub-Saharan Africa; (4) enhanced implementation and monitoring of water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets by UN member states; (5) enhanced economic engagement of private sector in responding to water and land management through initiatives led by UNU-INWEH; (6) enhanced integrated water and ecosystem resource management, benefitting river basins and coastal areas in Latin America and Caribbean region; and (7) improved resilience of selected developing countries in Asia and Africa to respond to management challenges in dryland and mangrove ecosystems.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2019 by UNU-INWEH through the support of the Government of Canada and other international donors include: (1) increased awareness and improved understanding of water, health and environment issues by policy-makers (especially in developing countries), United Nations entities, and the private sector by publishing over 125 publications and co-organizing 73 scientific events; and (2) improved water governance by responding to over 80 policy and technical advice requests from governments, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Policy Support System in 24 national governments countries. These 24 governments are using this tool to analyze their national water and sanitation context, and improve decision and policy-making to achieve water-related SDGs. Additionally, UNU-INWEH provided leadership to the UN Water Action Decade by being a co-coordinator of the UN-Water Task Force that is guiding the Water Decade.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,000,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
11-04-2019 Disbursement $2,000,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Multilateral
Type of aid Core contributions to multilateral institutions
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