Integrated water resources management

Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is a sustainable approach seeking to address the socio-economic needs of all stakeholders in a watershed, preserving the environment and considering the needs of future generations. This is critical to the sustainability and resilience of rural communities.

World Vision applies this approach through the development and implementation of multiple-use water systems, which provides water for domestic uses, agriculture, livestock and livelihoods. Through the IWRM approach, our programmes enable equitable access to water while also considering the impact of pollution in relation with human activities. WASH committees, the basic entities of local WASH governance, consult with the community on needs and the status of the current water supply. They also learn how to safely and efficiently manage water and sanitation resources with environmental protection in mind. Established fees payment for users contributes to the sustainability of services. Local-level advocacy approaches, such as Citizen Voice and Action support IWRM efforts through better governance, policy improvement and institutional changes at local, regional and national levels.


Our integrated water resources management work is lead by WASH Operations Technical Director Samuel Diarra. Learn more about Samuel and our global leadership on our WASH experts page.