What is the Water Youth Network (WYN)?

The Water Youth Network is a global and inclusive connector in the water sector, with a vibrant community of students and young professionals and across disciplines. We do not try to compete with other water youth organizations; we connect existing ones and promote them. The Water Youth Network is neither an implementation organization nor a fund. Therefore, empowering, connecting & change-making is our motto. We value inclusion, innovation and a collaborative spirit.

Why did we create the WYN?

The Water Youth Network was created soon after the 6th World Water Forum, when a group of young people from all over the world met to share their solutions to address water related issues. They realized that, together, they could influence the water sector for the better.
Today, the Water Youth Network is an inclusive connector in the water sector, with a vibrant community of active young people working across disciplines and borders.

What are our objectives?

We aspire to a world where young people work together to become agents of change and ultimately improve the world’s water situation.
Overall, the aim of the Water Youth Network is to offer a platform (on and offline) for young people to exchange with one another, to promote their inclusion in decision-making processes and to facilitate the adoption of youth friendly policies at all levels. Through this network we hope to encourage a spirit of on-going and learning and exchange between many generations of water professionals, which will be extremely valuable to address the expanding water challenges facing the planet.

What do we do, concretely?

We focus our attention on four priority areas in order to realize our vision.

what we do

How do we work?

The WYN has a simple structure: an advisory board, a core group of active members split into working groups, individuals and partner organizations.

The advisory board is composed of 5 members elected every three years by the core group of active members. The advisory board supports and facilitate the collaboration of the working groups, lobbies for the network and guides the network in its growth.

There are different working groups focusing on various water issues. Each working group defines its own strategy and actions, within the goals of the Water Youth Network, and coordinated with the other working groups. The working groups are guided by the advisory board. Currently, the following working groups have been created:

  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Governance

There are also two groups working in:

  • Communications
  • Human Resources