Program Overview

Join the GRIPP revolution

The GRIPP partnership, led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), will strengthen, expand and connect current groundwater initiatives. It will support the Global Framework for Action developed by the Groundwater Governance Project funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the International Association of Hydrologists and the World Bank. Building on IWMI’s three decades of research, it will embed sustainable groundwater practices at the heart of natural resource management and the SDGs.

IWMI portfolio on groundwater-related projects (2005-2019)
Map of ongoing and completed projects on groundwater

Map of ongoing and completed projects on groundwater

Level of investment per region in groundwater projects

Level of investment per region in groundwater projects

Join GRIPP to:

  • advance the agenda of sustainable groundwater management at a local to global scale to achieve the SDGs.
  • be part of a network of partners with critical mass to confront today’s groundwater issues for the benefit of future generations.
  • co-develop, document and disseminate proven technologies, policies, and approaches.
  • provide a platform for attracting, guiding and implementing action research for sustainable groundwater management.

Getting a GRIPP on groundwater

How we work:

Creating long-term partnerships

GRIPP reinforces and expands country-level and international partnerships. It supports national initiatives with capacity building, research, technical support, policy guidance and impact-monitoring activities.

Sharing transferable solutions

GRIPP works with partners to document and disseminate lessons learned from groundwater management. It presents information in simple, easy to access formats for a variety of stakeholders.

Scaling-up successes

Based on solid documentation and rigorous assessments, GRIPP helps countries to replicate and scale-up proven approaches and technologies through long-term engagement.

 Filling knowledge gaps

GRIPP engages with knowledge providers to enhance understanding of critical practical and policy issues, while developing cross-disciplinary capacity, teams and tools.


GRIPP impact pathways (Click to view larger version)

GRIPP impact pathways

While working in developing and emerging economies, GRIPP does not have a strict geographic focus or focal countries. IWMI, through their regional offices, have commitment to work with their host countries. However, GRIPP activities will also be governed by partner engagement, particular request from countries, and donor priorities.


GRIPP’s development goals

By 2030…

  • 20 million people currently at risk of scarcity, adopt sustainable groundwater strategies.
  • Improve groundwater access for 4 million rural households and increase the irrigated land by 600,000 hectares in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Help sustain groundwater-dependent ecosystems and their services to people.
  • Leverage over $1 billion of investments in sub-Saharan Africa for sustainable groundwater irrigation.
  • Influence policy to bring about large-scale adoption of managed underground water-storage solutions.
  • Reduce by up to 10% the carbon footprint of Indian agriculture by promoting solar pumps for irrigation.
  • Share knowledge on groundwater management with over 200 key national and basin-scale water managers.
  • Create a knowledge hub on groundwater and food security to influence international negotiations on curbing over-exploitation of groundwater.

Find out more
Contact Karen Villholth iwmi-gripp(at)

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