Principles and objectives

The WaterFoundation is independent, non-denominational, politically unaffiliated, and unbureaucratic. The Foundation is staffed almost entirely by volunteers who are experts in their respective technical fields and work with carefully chosen partners in various regions across the world.

The work of the Foundation is based on a commitment to extend human rights and foster tolerance and equality of opportunity for all people, irrespective of nationality, ethnicity, gender or religious beliefs.

The Foundation is guided by the objectives of securing the future and protecting resources by promoting sustainable ecological, economic and social development. In all its activities, the strengthening of independence and self-reliance is of paramount importance.

The Foundation is committed to the principle of transparency and openness.

Our aims and tasks

  • Advance the human right to clean, affordable drinking water
  • Combat the causes of forced migration
  • Provide hygienic sanitation facilities
  • Foster self-determined development at the local level
  • Provide particular support to women and young people
  • Secure local food supplies and put an end to hunger
  • Promote sustainable agriculture
  • Preserve forests and biodiversity
  • Raise awareness of water management issues and methods
  • Implement a long-term integrated approach to water management


The Water Foundation is committed to the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals formulated by the United Nations, in particular to the following:

6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Documents for downloading

Detailed information about the aims, tasks and projects of the Water Foundation can be found in its Statute and annual newsletters:

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