Networks and learning communities are powerful mechanisms for sharing knowledge, ensuring communication and enabling coordination among actors in the development cooperation. We have developed and run many successful networks and communities of practice by bringing professionals together in flexible ways to share, collaborate and achieve much more impact that they would as individuals.

Global reach

Skat Foundation hosts the Secretariat of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) since 2002. RWSN brings together over 14,000 individual and organisational members, who are committed to improving rural access to drinking water around the world and to fulfil the vision of sustainable rural water services for all.

Skat Foundation supports the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) since 2016 and has become its official host in 2023. HPNET is formed by a collective of practitioners committed to the advocacy and advancement of sustainable small-scale hydropower for community empowerment in the Global South.

Skat Foundation participates in the following networks and communities of practice

Aguasan is a community focused on improving water and sanitation in low and middle-income countries. It fosters knowledge sharing and innovation among water sector professionals, aiming to enhance clean water access and contribute to global development goals.

An informal network of municipalities, universities, non-profit organisations and unions who recognise water as a public good and are committed to the sustainable use of water. Together, they work to ensure that water supply and use remain in public hands.

A global partnership for sustainable groundwater development. Skat Foundation works with like-minded partners to raise awareness of the importance of groundwater.

A group of experts from leading organisations including the WHO, UNICEF, Ask for Water GmbH, World Vision, UNC, WaterAid and IAPMO who are committed to tackling the widespread problem of lead in drinking water. Outputs include a WHO technical brief and a global call to action to making all drinking water lead-free by 2040.

A global community of practice of international development practitioners interested in knowledge management and sharing approaches.

A global partnership of governments, donors, civil society organisations and other development partners to achieve universal access to clean water and sanitation. Skat Foundation is a research & learning partner of SWA.

A global knowledge network of urban and rural sanitation and hygiene professionals with over 14,000 members. Since 2019, Skat Foundation supports the moderation and development of the SuSanA Forum to increase its diversity and vibrancy, and to strengthen the collaboration with RWSN on common WASH issues.

A Swiss community of practice that focuses on the latest trends, practical questions and innovative solutions regarding knowledge management.

A coordination mechanism comprised of United Nations entities (members) and international organisations (partners) working on water and sanitation issues. Skat Foundation is represented by RWSN, who is a UN Water partner that collaborates with UN organisations and partners on the annual World Water Day, the World Water Development Report and other global collective actions.