Public group: Tools and Methods Series

Reference Document No 7: Water Sector Development and Governance: Complementarities and synergies between Sector-Wide Approach and Integrated Water Resource Management


December 2009

The purpose of this document is to highlight common principles and synergies between sector-wide approach (SWAP) and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in order to show how these two processes can make a joint contribution to the development of the sector. The aim is not to identify arguments in favour of one or the other approach. Nor is this paper intended to set out the European Commission’s vision and objectives for the sector.The document is nonbinding and intended as a guidance tool for use by European Commission Delegations and other partners involved in the water sector.

This document has been drafted in French and translated into English and Spanish.


Type of document: Reference document; Thematic: Water and Sanitation; Geographical: All countries; Language: English, español, Français; Date: Published in 2009;
Additional tags: Sector wide approach