Updated Jan 27, 2021

EU-WOP Programme to help Reach SDG6: Improve and Maintain WASH Services for All

Offered by European Commission

With an estimated USD 1.7 trillion in funding needed to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.1 and 6.2 by 2030, building utilities’ capacity to effectively access and manage investments for public benefit is critical. Since its creation, the GWOPA’s global membership has been collectively advocating for increased support and financing for WOPs to accelerate sustainable development. The European Union, through DC DEVCO, committed in 2020 to support the ambitious EU WOP Programme (2020-2024) as a contribution to its EU Consensus on Development, the Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal.The Programme will fund between 20 and 30 not-for-profit peer partnerships with between USD 250,000 and 450,000, over three years. Projects will be selected on the basis of their likely contributions to improved capacity and performance of the beneficiary operator, their leverage of additional funds and links to investment finance, and other factors. One of the goals of the programme is to get more utilities, financiers and supporting actors involved in these solidarity-based partnerships, so new actors are encouraged to engage.

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Apr 15, 2021Deadline
$250,000 - $450,000Amount
36 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasWater Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Water Supply/Quality (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH))
Water Management (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH))

Lead Partners submit applications for the WOP project on behalf of (and with inputs from) its component WOP Partners. The component partners and the overall partnership arrangement will be considered within the WOP Evaluation. No party can apply on its own.

All EU-WOP projects must have one Lead Partner and at least one Beneficiary Partner. There may also be Additional Partners. Together, Lead, Beneficiary, and Additional Partners, if applicable, are considered the ‘EU- WOP Partners’ and jointly implement the EU-WOP Project.

All WOP EU-Partners must actively contribute towards WOP project objectives and participate on a not-for- profit basis.

The EU-WOP Programme encourages the involvement of new partners who can contribute meaningfully to the WOPs. For more information on partner types and arrangements, refer to the Evaluation Criteria (Annex B) and Frequency Asked Questions (FAQs), the latter of which is available and will be updated regularly on the EU-WOP Programme Webpage.

Other Requirements

Reporting RequirementsDetailed guidance on financial reporting will be provided to applicants proceeding to Phase II Applications.

Application And Awards Process

Applicants may apply in English, Spanish or French.25 Applications in other languages cannot be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible in advance of the deadline. Complete Phase I Applications (Annex A) should be sent electronically to: unhabitat.ubss.eoi@un.org. UN-Habitat will acknowledge receipt of applications.


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