Making change happen globally

WaterAid is an international not-for-profit federation, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere within a generation.

We started in 1981, when several UK water companies came together to find a solution to a global crisis that had left billions without water, toilets or hygiene.

Read more about our history >

In 2010 WaterAid became a global federation of national member organisations. To date, we have seven members: Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Sweden, the UK and the US.

Each member organisation mobilises support in its home country, engaging individuals, companies and institutions to raise funds and influence policies to support our mission.

Making change happen on a global scale

We collaborate on regional and global advocacy and campaigns to influence governments, companies and international institutions. Australia, India, UK and US also manage and fund country programmes like this one in Madagascar, on behalf of our global network.

Cynthia Ramaholinirina, 6, with some of her classmates washing hands at the handwashing station of their Primary school of Mahavoky village, Belavabary commune, Moramanga district, Alaotra Mangoro region, Madagascar. May 2017.

WaterAid international

WaterAid international was created in 2010 to help the members of the WaterAid family work together effectively and efficiently. It is made up of an international Board of Trustees and a small secretariat led by our Executive Director, and follows four principles:

  • Principle 1: Global interest. Achieving WaterAid's mission as effectively as possible is fundamental to all we do and global interest is paramount.

  • Principle 2: Subsidiarity. WaterAid international will only undertake activities that it can and will deliver more effectively than WaterAid member countries.

  • Principle 3: One country, one WaterAid. WaterAid will only have one delivery organisation in each of the regions or countries where services are provided.

  • Principle 4: Sustainability. The members of the WaterAid federation will be organisations that are, or are expected to become within a reasonable time-frame, self-sustaining and able to contribute significant resources to the delivery of WaterAid's strategy.

The international board and secretariat are collectively responsible for:

Coordinating the deliver of our Global Strategy

WaterAid's work around the world is steered by a global strategy with four overarching aims. The international board is responsible for ensuring that there is a process for developing and reviewing this strategy. Furthermore, that the programmes of work developed and delivered by each member are meeting these aims and are taking us closer to our goal: making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of everyday life for everyone, everywhere.

Read more about our Global Strategy 2015-2020 >

Facilitating decision-making and coordination across WaterAid

The international board delegates operational decision-making and co-operation to the Global Executive, a body made up of the Chief Executives of each of the WaterAid members, and the directors who take a global leadership role for their function. The board ensures, through this body and the member boards, that all WaterAid members' work is in keeping with WaterAid's values and strategy. 

The international board agree the expectations of our members and standards for how we work; dealing with financial probity, safeguarding, health, safety and security, people management, and service delivery. All WaterAid staff globally are bound by our Code of Conduct and our Global Ethical Policy.

Find out why we decided to set up WaterAid international >

Articles of Association >

Supporting planned growth of member countries and the federation

The international Board is responsible for building WaterAid as an effective global federation so that we can deliver our mission: safe water, decent toilets and hygiene for everyone everywhere by 2030.  This includes finding and working with potential new members, and overseeing our global investment in organisational growth and development.

Read our international governance manual >

Licencing, accrediting and supporting the member countries

The international Board, through the WAi Secretariat, ensures that the WaterAid brand is protected and managed globally. We set clear expectations for our member organisations and regularly review how each member is meeting these so we are confident in allowing them to use the WaterAid name.

Read our membership and licence agreement >

 

The WaterAid international Board of Trustees and secretariat include the Chairs of each WaterAid member organisation, plus an additional trustee from WaterAid UK. They are all volunteers who give their time, energy and expertise for free to help WaterAid change lives.

Rob Skinner

Rob Skinner

Rob Skinner was appointed Chair of WaterAid international in 2012, and is also Chair of WaterAid Australia. He is Professorial Fellow at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University, Melbourne. He has extensive experience in organisational leadership, including six years as Managing Director of Melbourne Water and ten years as CEO of Kingston Council in Victoria.

Rosemary Carr, WaterAid Trustee, at the WaterAid Supporters Day in London, UK, 2015.

Rosemary Carr

Rosemary Carr joined the international Board in 2015, and also sits on the Board of Trustees for WaterAid UK. She is an independent consultant specialising in brand, marketing and business planning. After graduating from Oxford University, she spent 23 years working in commercial and marketing roles in the footwear industry. She was Brand and Marketing Director of Clarks International and has been involved in a range of charity projects and local community initiatives.

Marc Robert photo

Marc Robert

Marc Robert was appointed to the international Board in 2014, and is Chair of WaterAid America. He is a partner of Water Asset Management LLC, an investment partnership focused on investing globally in companies and resources that ensure water availability and quality. He has also spent over 25 years in the equity investment industry. Prior to joining Water Asset Management LLC, he was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. 

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David McInnes

David McInnes was appointed to the international Board in 2016, and is Chair of WaterAid Canada. He has been a trustee of WaterAid Canada, formerly WaterCan Eau Vive, since 2009. He is principal of DMci Strategies and most recently was CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. 

Tobias Krantz

Tobias Krantz

Tobias Krantz joined the international Board in July 2017, and is also Chair of WaterAid Sweden. He is currently Head of Education, Research and Innovation at the Swedish Enterprise. Tobias was formerly Sweden's Minister for Higher Education and Research and has several years of experience in politics as a Member of Parliament. He is a board member of Örebro University and the business research institute, Ratio, and is currently the Chair of WorldSkills Sweden.

Tim Clark

Tim Clark

Tim Clark joined the international Board in 2015, and is also Chair of WaterAid UK. Before joining the WaterAid team, Tim was a senior partner of leading international law firm Slaughter and May. He is a Board Member of various charitable organisations including Paul's Cancer Support Centre and the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation. Tim is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Wellcome Trust and the Development Committee of the National Gallery.

Sumit Bose

Sumit Bose

Sumit Bose is Chair of Jal Seva Foundation (WaterAid India) and an Associate Board Member of WaterAid international.. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1976 and has held senior roles in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He was Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource Development and has been Vice Chair of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Chair of the Board of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, and Public Interest Director of the Bombay Stock Exchange since 2016.

Prof. Takoshi Takizawa

Satoshi Takizawa

Satoshi Takizawa was appointed to the Board of WaterAid Japan in 2013, and is an Associate Board Member of WaterAid international. He is also currently professor at the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering. His fields of research include water system management in Asian countries, water treatment technologies and water quality monitoring. He is a member of the Water Security Council of Japan, and was Moderator at the 10th international symposium on water supply technology in Kobe in July 2015.

Meet our Director

Ken Caldwell, CEO of WaterAid International.WaterAid/Sam James

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

After an early career in industry with management consultants McKinsey, Ken worked for over two decades in leadership roles in national and international NGOs, including International Director at Save the Children and Deputy Director at VSO.

Prior to joining WaterAid, Ken led a consultancy business focused on establishing best practices for developing successful global INGO federations. He also held a number of non-executive roles in the sector, including board member of the Institute of Development Studies, and founding chair of BOND - the consortium of UK international development agencies. He is currently a board member of Oxfam GB.

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

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