Water for Women values partnership and the collective knowledge of our partners, which is why we established the Fund Partners Group. 

What is the Fund Partners Group?

Each of the 10 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and five Research Organisations in the Fund are represented along with the Department Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Fund Coordinator in the Water for Women Fund Partners Group (FPG).

As the central Partnership forum for the Water for Women Fund, the FPG was established to share the benefits and risks associated with multiple stakeholders working as part of a single Fund, while operating with different expectations, strengths, drivers, mandates and obligations.

The FPG’s purpose is to provide leadership and maximise the collective value and impact of the Fund on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) outcomes, supporting:

 Internal positioning and focus
  • Providing collective advice to DFAT on fund wide issues
  • Collaborative strategy setting for the Fund
  • Responding to emerging policy and programming issues including discussion on course direction-redirection in the event of major policy shift including major crisis.
External positioning and influence
  • Extending Australia’s networks and influence through supporting soft power and advocacy efforts and Fund level strategic communications
  • Identifying contributions, learning and linkages that can be shared across projects and with the international water sector.
 Collaborative opportunities
  • Committing to a partnering approach, identifying, working towards and reviewing shared outcomes, principles and ways of working
  • Identifying and collaborating on cross-project and/or program wide activities.
 Fund wide monitoring, learning and engagement
  • Generating shared understanding of Fund-wide progress and lessons learned
  • Highlighting key results/achievements, concerns/risks, opportunities to feed into Fund level and DFAT Quality reporting
  • Coordinating fund wide messaging and advocacy opportunities
  • Integrating learning into project level program and policy initiatives
  • Creating effective two-way linkages with WfW working groups and researchers.
 Sharing and managing risk
  • Ratification of key deliverables – e.g. strategy documents;
  • Reviewing Fund risk management matrix
  • Exploring programming tensions and proposing ways forward.
  • Reviewing Fund directions and priorities in the event of a major disruption to program activities



GHD - Fund Coordinator 

Water for Women is being delivered by the Managing Contractor GHD as the Fund Coordinator in partnership with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Research Organisations (ROs). 


GHD is committed to protecting children and their rights and requires all International Development Assistance (IDA) Personnel to comply with the GHD Child Protection Policy and the GHD International Development Assistance Child Protection Procedures in delivering development assistance services. 

You can learn more about Child Protection on DFAT's website which provides the most up to date policies, procedures and guidance on Child Protection. 

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