Vision, mission, values

Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone has access to a safe, sustainable source of water and sanitation.

Since its foundation over 25 years ago, the ISW-SWE movement has strived to create a better planet, where people can live in dignity, free from the tyranny of thirst and unsanitary conditions.

In pursuit of this goal, we work from local to international levels, with a growing network of partners on all five continents. Whether we are building infrastructure, coordinating governance of inspiring young water leaders, we operate with flexibility, adaptability and creativity. We mobilize, connect and support stakeholders who may otherwise be excluded from decisions that affect them. We work to build an inclusive movement for better, more sustainable provision of water and sanitation. Access to water is a right, and for a right to have meaning, it must be defined, and it must above all defended. Our team’s actions in Montreal, Strasbourg and in the field are guided and motivated by this maxim.

Our Mission

Based on the evolution of knowledge, partnerships and creativity, we develop initiatives that mobilize advocates for universal access to water and sanitation, while taking a long-term approach to resource preservation. We and our partners build bridges and open dialogue between all stakeholders — governments, civil society, academia and the private sector. Much of our work is concentrated in small rural and semi-urban communities. We aim to contribute to better water management, using watersheds as our reference framework.

Our Values

The ISW-SWE movement is built around five shared principles that guide our actions:


We involve all stakeholders in the actions that affect them, regardless of their social, economic or material circumstances.


Our members are committed to the movement’s intentions, values and mission.


We share experiences and best practices so all stakeholders can enrich their knowledge and skill sets.


Members dedicate their efforts to the movement’s mission, helping it achieve its objectives.

Emotional intelligence

Our actions are guided by an intuitive understanding of each person’s needs, enabling constructive dialogue and giving depth and perspective to our actions.