Governmental Strategic and Launch Partners

GIWA’s Many Partnerships Include

The United Religions Initiative:  With presence in over 100 nations, URI is the world’s largest global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. URI implements its mission through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of member groups and organizations, called Cooperation Circles, to engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.: http://www.uri.org

PaRD: The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) brings together governmental and intergovernmental entities with civil society organisations such as religious and value-driven organisations to harness the positive impact of religion and values in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. Members of PaRD are governmental and intergovernmental entities active in the field of religion and development as well as humanitarian assistance. For more details, visit www.partner-religion-development.org

Millennium Alliance: In partnership with USAID, the World Bank, UK Aid, FICCI, the Technology Development Board, and many other partners, The MA is an inclusive platform to leverage Indian creativity, expertise, and resources to identify and scale innovative solutions being developed and tested in India to address development challenges that will benefit base of the pyramid populations across India and the world. The MA is a network to bring together various actors within India’s social innovation ecosystem including, but not limited to, social innovators, philanthropy organizations, social venture capitalists, angel investors, donors, service providers, and corporate foundations, to stimulate and facilitate financial contributions from the private and public sectors and offer a range of support to innovators.  GIWA is the implementing partner for a Millennium Alliance initiative, in partnership with IHRF. For more information, visit www.MillenniumAlliance.in

Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME): is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Its primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, FoEME seeks to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. FoEME has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv. FoEME is a member of Friends of the Earth International, the largest grassroots environmental network in the world. www.foeme.org

Swarovski: Since 2000, Swarovski Waterschool has been working in schools and communities around the globe to empower children, families and schools to become water stewards and leaders in sustainable development within their community. By ensuring access to clean water at school and providing educational programs on sustainable use of water, proper sanitation and hygiene, the Swarovski Waterschool creates an environment for children to succeed and become leaders who protect the most precious resource in the world: water. To learn more, visit www.swarovskiwaterschool.com

RB: RB is a leading manufacturer of consumer goods. Its many brands include Lysol, Dettol, Vanish, Air Wick, French’s Mustard, Strepsils, Veet, , Calgon, Clearasil, Cillit Bang, Durex, Mycil and Moov. It has operations in around 60 countries and its products are sold in almost 200 countries. For more details, visit www.RB.com.

FICCI: Established in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organization in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India’s struggle for independence, its industrialization, and its emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies. FICCI has contributed to this historic process by encouraging debate, articulating the private sector’s views, and influencing policy. A non-government, non-for-profit organization, FICCI is the voice of India’s business and industry. FICCI draws its membership from the corporate sector, both private and public, including SMEs and MNCs; FICCI enjoys and indirect membership of over 250,000 companies from various regional chambers of commerce. www.ficci.org

The Bhumi Project, Oxford University: an initiative aimed at educating, inspiring, informing, and connecting Hindus interested in service to Mother Earth. The project was officially launched at the Windsor Celebration of the Faith Commitments for a Living Planet in November 2009 in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Philip and His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.Bhumi Project, an initiative aimed at educating, inspiring, informing, and connecting Hindus interested in service to Mother Earth. The project was officially launched at the Windsor Celebration of the Faith Commitments for a Living Planet in November 2009 in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Philip and His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

World Toilet Organization: The World Toilet Organization is a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO empowers individuals through education, training and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities. Through its various initiatives, WTO continues to provide an international platform for toilet associations, governments, academic institutions, foundations, UN agencies and corporate stakeholders to exchange knowledge and leverage media and corporate support in an effort to promote clean sanitation and public health policies. For more information, visit www.worldtoilet.org

Ganga Action Parivar:  an interfaith network bringing together the world’s preeminent researchers, environmentalists, engineers, religious and business leaders, as well as members of the general public working towards creating thoughtful solutions to the numerous problems plaguing the Ganga and its tributaries. Ganga Action Parivar has been founded by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, one of India’s most prominent spiritual voices. The Ganga Action Parivar is spearheading the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance – India. www.gangaaction.org

The Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values: a charitable foundation based in The Hague dedicated to the creation of better bridges between the cultures, religions and generations. It has been founded by Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, child survivor of WWII and President emeritus of the European Region of the World Union of Progressive Judaism. The Soetendorp Institute has a vast network of interfaith, ecumenical and civil society organizations built over Rabbi Soetendorp’s lifetime of striving for enhanced interfaith collaboration for peace, the eradication of poverty and environmental sustainability. www.soetendorpinstitute.org

The All India Organization of Imams of Mosques: the legitimate voice of the half a million Imams of India who happen to be the religious and spiritual guide of two hundred Million Indian Muslims. AIOIM is recognized in that capacity and role both at the national and international level. This is the largest Imam Organization in the world and is so uniquely placed that prominent national and global bodies belonging to all walks of life utilize its services. http://www.allindiaimamorganization.org/home.html

Elijah Interfaith Institute:  an international organization based in Jerusalem dedicated to fostering peace between the world’s diverse faith communities through interfaith dialogue, education, research and dissemination. The Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders brings together some of the world’s most prominent religious figures from Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and the Religions of India. The leaders they are involving (including the Dalai Lama, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Catholic Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, among others) represent several hundred million people or more. http://www.elijah-interfaith.org/

The Temple of Understanding: has led the way in interfaith education and advocacy for over 50 years. ToU educates youth and adults both cross culturally and inter-religiously for global citizenship and peaceful coexistence; advocates for acceptance and respect for religious pluralism by the worlds governing bodies; and actively continue to promote justice and tolerance. The organization was founded in 1960 by a pioneering visionary, Juliet Hollister, with the support of a distinguished group of “Founding Friends,” which included Eleanor Roosevelt, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Zafrula Khan, H.H. Pope John XXIII, Anwar al-Sadat and H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama, among others. : www.templeofunderstanding.org

The Ecumenical One World Initiative: reaches into the churches and the German society for encouraging individuals to explore more just and responsible ways of living: ways of living that are based on dialogue, solidarity, simplicity and respect for nature. The EOWI is part of the One World with its wonderful diversity of flora and fauna, and of a humankind with all peoples, cultures, and religions. These two aspects are combined in the original Greek word oikoumene. The EOWI coordinates all activities related to the Earth Charter in Germany. www.erdcharta.de

Thames21 is dedicated to preserving, sustaining and protecting the River Thames and London’s other waterways by working with local communities. In the last year, Thames21 engaged 9337 volunteers during 366 events, giving approximately 19,552 hours of their time to improving London’s waterways and removing 799 cubic metres of litter and debris. www.thames21.org.uk/

Carnegie Waters: a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, CW turns data into knowledge, providing water intelligence by applying cutting-edge technologies and innovative methods to capture new insights into water quality previously unavailable by conventional methods. We have extensive knowledge in designing robust, stable, and economically & computationally scalable systems plus decades of experience in field design & implementation of real-world engineering projects.

Friendly Water for the World: The Mission of Friendly Water for the World is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation to people in need of them. We provide opportunities for Quakers and those of other faiths and traditions to partner with individuals and communities working to improve living conditions around the world, and to learn from each other. http://www.friendlywaterfortheworld.com/

Forum 21 Institute: is a multidisciplinary research association focusing on the issues facing the world today. Forum 21 works with like-minded organizations and individuals toward developing a new paradigm in which people live and work by a new ethic and framework, using science, technology, and other aspects of human knowledge in a responsible and sustainable way, and at the same time respecting all humanity and its diverse cultures. Forum 21 supports research that addresses water-related issues such as sustainable and affordable water desalination that could help resolve the global crisis of water shortage: www.forum-21.org.

The Green Pilgrimages Network of India (GPN): Through religious organisations, NGOs, municipalities and local government bodies, the Green Pilgrimage Network is working with pilgrim sites around the world to draw up plans for creating environmentally sustainable towns, cities and wild areas. The India chapter of the GPN was launched in October 2012 with representatives of the Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist cities of Amritsar, Guntur, Howrah, Visakhapatnam, Shirdi, Ujjain, Nanded, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Ladakh and Bodh Gayah.

International Research Institute of Relative Economics:  is a path breaking concept which evolved through deep study, rational thinking and brain storming. With the vision directed by his Holy Highness Acharya Mahapragya, (14 June 1920 – 9 May 2010) who was the tenth head of the Svetambar Terapanth school of Jainism, we are striving to establishing a New Thinking of Business Economics and it’s relationship with Human Life. http://www.irire.org

Globethics.net Foundation: based in Geneva, Switzerland is a global online network with over 90.000 registered participants interested in various fields of applied ethics. It offers access to a large number of resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital ethics library and facilitates collaborative web-based research, conferences, online publishing and information sharing. Our purpose as an organization is to create a culture of justice, peace, mutual understanding and sustainability for all living beings, and we recognize WASH as pivotal area of action to accomplish our mission. http://www.globethics.net/

Inner Sense: Inner Sense focuses on coaching and training programs related to personal development, advanced leadership, and team development in business. Together with the Soetendorp Institute and Earth Charter Netherlands, Inner Sense organized “Wings for Water” – the multi-stakeholder dialogue on water hosted by the Dutch government in March 2013. Inner Sense is now working towards establishing the “Wings for Water”® international platform to bring together leaders from different sectors of society for fostering smart WASH solutions. The Wings for Water Platform will be a major organizational partner for GIWA. http://www.innersense.nl/index_en.php

India Heritage Research Foundation: is an international, non-profit, humanitarian foundation founded and chaired by one of India’s most revered saints, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. IHRF runs and sponsors free schools, women’s vocational training programs, a medical clinic, orphanages/gurukuls, frequent free medical health camps, “Clean, Green and Serene” programs, organic gardening programs, Cow-Care programs, an extensive rural development program, and innumerable other humanitarian projects including the first ever Encyclopedia of Hinduism as well as ashrams and medical clinics in the sacred land of Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash in Tibet. www.ihrf.com/

Sarva Dharma Sansad: The Parliament of Religions of India: is an initiative of religious leaders and civil society that seeks creative, cultural and integral solutions to the major social predicaments of India. Through its activities, Sarva Dharma Sansad seeks to heal and transform the causes of injustice, disharmony, violence, oppression and degradation of values and the environment rooted in ignorance fear and greed, to co-create inclusive and just peace grounded in core values of truth, love, compassion and justice.

South Asia Pure Water Initiative: works to make a difference in the lives of people living in South Asia. Goals: provide clean point-of-use drinking water; educate children about better hygiene; sustain community-based employment for project staff.  http://www.sapwii.org/

The Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children. http://grandmotherscouncil.org/

The Divine Shakti Foundation is dedicated to holistically providing for the well being of women, their children, and orphaned/abandoned children. The Trust is committed to identifying the needs and design and implement programs to support women and children (especially orphaned/abandoned children) to be socially and financially self-sustaining. In addition, the Trust helps raise awareness of the problems facing women and children through education and mass communication. The Trust has been our partner in activities for the preservation of Mother Earth especially protecting Holy Ganges River and providing a safe and natural environment for India’s revered cows. www.divineshaktifoundation.org/

Waves 4 Water:  Based in the USA, W4W works globally with individuals, local NGOs and large non-profits and government agencies to provide large-scale solutions to areas in need. Waves 4 Water recently set up large filters that have helped to combat the cholera outbreak caused by contaminated water in Haiti that has killed more than a thousand people and sickened thousands more. Similar set ups in poor regions around the world have helped provide clean water to the masses. With these filters, dirty water becomes instantly clean and drinkable. Lives are saved. http://www.wavesforwater.org/

The Wockhardt Foundation:  is an India-based, secular, not-for-profit organisation engaged in social service and human welfare activities. Its 16 programmes have made perceptible change in its areas of operations to the lives of the underprivileged. Mobile 1000, its flagship programme, aims at the operating 1000 Mobile Health Vans in rural India and administering free primary healthcare to 25 million Indian every year. As of date, there are 75 Mobile 1000 Vans operating in 9 states and doing yeoman service to rural India. Its other programmes, including Mobile 1000 eye, Mobile 1000 urban, HIV/AIDS (WHARF), SHUDHU water purification tablets, Little Hearts, Khel Khel Mein, and Dr-Health have made significant impact. With the launch of 4 new programmes, POSHAK malnutrition supplement, Swasthya Jaanch, SKYWATER, and Bio-Toilet, Wockhardt Foundation continues to expand its social coverage in areas where the need is the most. www.wockhardtfoundation.org

YeyeOsun Institute of Sacred Balance & Humanity4Water Awards is dedicated to preserving, sustaining and protecting the ancient spirit of our waterways and earth. We are deeply inspired by the West African Water Mother Osun who symbolizes the birth and maintenance of a noble compassionate beautiful earth and waters. Awareness raising, sharing wisdom from the waters and indigenous green practices, international collaborations of leaders around the world, implementation of innovative sustainable solutions YeyeOsun ignites the dynamic spirit of activism within each individual to be the change they wish to see. Yeye Osun was founded by prominent eco conscious spiritual leaders Yeye Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis and Chief Olu Derrick Lewis.

Saraplast 3s: 3s is one of the top 50 Social Impact Enterprises in India today. It is a Social Enterprise established, over a decade ago, in 1999 to provide adequate sanitation to those that have been deprived of this basic amenity required to live a life of dignity.

Strategic Partners

Alliance of Religions in Conservation (ARC):  ARC was founded in 1995 by HRH Prince Philip. It now works with 11 major faiths through the key traditions within each faith. ARC helps and encourages faiths to use their far-reaching influence and resources for the widest possible environmental benefit, specifically in six key areas: Land and Assets, Education, Media, Health, Lifestyle and Advocacy.

Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches
The Ecumenical Water Network is an international network of churches and Christian organizations. The Secretariat of the Ecumenical Water Network is located at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. EWN facilitates an exchange of information and provides materials for churches, other Christian organizations, partners and individuals about the global water crisis and community-based solutions and initiatives. It also promotes and coordinates advocacy towards the recognition and implementation of the human right to water. http://water.oikoumene.org/en