Founded in 2006, Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) coalition of leading organizations committed to addressing water and sanitation issues. Drawing upon the experience, expertise and assets of its members, GWC is able to create partnerships that achieve far greater results than any one organization could by itself.

Since its inception, GWC is a powerful catalyst for fostering collective action in the water sector across three core functions:


GWC is committed to improving the long-term impact of investments in the sector by working with its members and other partners to identify and share important lessons and best practices.


GWC is a platform for collaboration that unites corporations, implementing nonprofits, research institutes, and governmental agencies in partnerships that leverage their unique resources and expertise. In addition, GWC connects citizens with policymakers to increase the priority placed on water and sanitation globally.


GWC has invested in and collaborated with members on innovative programs and campaigns globally. Some examples include:

Schools Programs: GWC's investment in schools programs has benefited nearly 500,000 students in Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Mexico. These programs have enhanced children's health and education, paving the way for more opportunities for the students, their families and their countries.

Ashoka Changemakers: In 2008, GWC and Ashoka Changemakers partnered to find and support social entrepreneurs with groundbreaking approaches to water and sanitation delivery.

Building off the successes of its first three years, GWC formed a strategic alliance with the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) in April 2010. GETF's experience in creating public-private partnerships will help GWC achieve its mission of accelerating the flow of clean water and sanitation to those most in need.