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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Water for all, water justice

ONGAWA, Ingeniería para el Desarrollo Humano (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    The ONGAWA's commitments for the Water Action Agenda are the following:

    - We will convey in the spaces where we participate at national and international level the need to recognise the global water crisis and to protect and manage water as a common good.

    - The programmes we promote will seek to promote water governance based on human rights principles, especially the equal participation of women.

    - We will work to ensure capacity building and institutional stability in the regions where we work, in order to achieve sustainability in the management of drinking water supply and sanitation systems in the most vulnerable contexts. Specifically, promoting and supporting community management practices.

    - We will promote the use of accessible, disaggregated and public information systems that specifically include information on the most vulnerable groups, emphasising the need for information in relation to the different categories of the human right to water and sanitation.

    - We will prioritise actions to achieve at least basic access to reach the most vulnerable and marginalised populations and areas, with special focus on sanitation and hygiene, including the management of the menstrual hygiene.

    - We will carry out exhaustive monitoring of Spanish Official Development Assistance in the sector, in order to know precisely where and to whom the aid is destined and its social impact.

    - We will demand, in alliance with other organisations, that the human rights to water and sanitation be respected and incorporated in other areas, beyond international aid, in Spain's external action, based on policy coherence.

    An approach based on human rights is the conceptual framework which legitimizes our actions directed towards human development, as well as the instrument directing them in all phases.

    We work for the realization and consecution of human rights and, in particular, the Human Right to water and sanitation, and we will achieve this from our sectorial specialization, through the provision of services, the strengthening of capacities, incidence, the improvement of public policies and the empowering of a critical and active civil society in all of the countries we are working in.

    We are aware that the changes we pursue require partnering and bringing together common forces with other organizations. We partner with public and private entities who share our objectives and ethical criteria, and who we can count on through complementization when it comes to influencing governments and policies or for the development of the objectives we give ourselves.

    Expected Impact

    The commitments made by ONGAWA aim to contribute to accelerate the implementation of SDG6 through actions to improve the public policies and interventions of Spanish Cooperation for Development, in partnership with other organisations.

    In addition, in alliance with other international organisations, we will work to influence the improvement of public and private actors working in international cooperation in the water and sanitation sector, so that they do so from a human rights perspective.

    This will be done through studies, training activities, cooperation projects and awareness-raising and political advocacy activities.

    Additional information

    Goal 5

    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    Goal 5


    End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere


    Whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non‑discrimination on the basis of sex


    Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

    Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age


    Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence


    Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

    Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18


    Proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, by age


    Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate


    Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location


    Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life


    Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments


    Proportion of women in managerial positions


    Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences


    Proportion of women aged 15-49 years who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care


    Number of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee full and equal access to women and men aged 15 years and older to sexual and reproductive health care, information and education


    Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


    (a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; and (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure


    Proportion of countries where the legal framework (including customary law) guarantees women’s equal rights to land ownership and/or control


    Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

    Proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex


    Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels


    Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description
    Annual activity report 2023 with the main results achieved
    Annual activity report 2024 with the main results achieved
    Annual activity report 2025 with the main results achieved
    Annual activity report 2026 with the main results achieved
    Staff / Technical expertise
    More than 40 people involved in WASH projects
    Staff / Technical expertise
    More than 80 volunteers involved in awareness rising, training and advocacy actions
    Other, please specify
    More than 1000 social members of ONGAWA supporting the association and our actions
    No progress reports have been submitted. Please sign in and click here to submit one.
    Action Network
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    13 March 2023 (start date)
    31 December 2026 (date of completion)
    ONGAWA, Ingeniería para el Desarrollo Humano
    1. Africa
    2. Europe
    3. Latin America and the Caribbean
    4. Global
    Other beneficiaries


    More information
    Global Action Plan
    Contact Information

    Alberto, WASh technician