The global water and sanitation crisis needs a global solution and a global organisation to deliver and champion change.

WaterAid’s teams in Australia, Canada, Sweden, the UK and the USA help coordinate and fund operations across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific. We also have a small team in Japan.

We believe we will have more impact as a global federation, bringing together experience and expertise into a coordinated programme of work focused on fulfilling our vision of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation.

WaterAid international is our global governance structure. This is how the member countries coordinate activities and make decisions together. WaterAid international was formally established in 2010 as part of WaterAid's development into a truly global organisation. It is an integral part of achieving our ambitious global strategy.  

The role of WaterAid international

  • Co-ordinate the delivery of our Global Strategy to advance our mission
  • Facilitate collective global decision making, co-ordination and shared standards between WaterAid member countries
  • Support planned growth and open the way for more WaterAid member countries

WaterAid international is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of the Chairs of the WaterAid member countries plus an additional Trustee from WaterAid in the UK. The Board is chaired by Rob Skinner.

The work of WaterAid international will initially be supported by existing staff and resources of member countries, so as to remain light touch and able to focus on its key activities.

If you are looking for information on fundraising, influencing or service delivery – which remain the responsibility of the individual member countries – please look at the websites of the appropriate member country (UK, Australia, America, Canada and Sweden).  

WaterAid international's four principles

There are four key principles underpinning the work of WaterAid international and its relationship with the member countries:

  • Principle 1 - Achieving WaterAid's mission as effectively as possible is fundamental to all we do and the collective global interests of WaterAid are paramount. :
  • Principle 2 - WaterAid international will only undertake activities that it will deliver more effectively than WaterAid member countries.
  • Principle 3 - WaterAid will only have one delivery organisation in each of the regions or countries where services are provided.
  • Principle 4 - The members of WaterAid international will be countries that are, or are expected to become, within a reasonable timeframe, self-sustaining with a local constituency of support and able to contribute significant resources to the delivery of WaterAid’s strategy.

Key governance documents of WaterAid international

Ken Caldwell, Executive Director

Ken joined us as our first Executive Director of WaterAid international in January 2017.

After an early career in industry and with management consultants McKinsey, Ken has worked for more than 20 years in leadership roles in national and international NGOs. He joined us after previously holding a number of senior leadership roles within the sector, including International Director at Save the Children and Deputy Director at VSO.

Prior to joining WaterAid, Ken led a consultancy business focused on working with leading INGOs on the leadership and governance challenges of developing a successful global INGO federation. He has also held a number of non-executive roles in the sector, including Board member of the Institute of Development Studies, and the founding chair of BOND. He is currently a Board member of Oxfam GB.

In his role as Executive Director of WaterAid international, Ken will work with the WaterAid member CEOs and Board to maximise our collective impact, develop the WaterAid global network and lead the WaterAid international secretariat.

Our current board of Trustees

The Trustees of WaterAid international are: